Dr. Richard Hebda

Curator of Botany and Earth History

Richard Hebda has been with the Royal BC Museum since 1980, and curator of Botany and Earth History since 1986. Since 1984 he has also held a faculty position at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. His PhD in botany is from the University of British Columbia.

Curator of the climate change exhibit, Richard uses his research with plant fossils and their distribution over time and place to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. He also studies ethnobotany of BC First Nations, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.

With his graduate students, he has written more than 120 scientific papers and 250 popular articles. He has been co-author or co-editor of eight books and major reports, and serves as the province’s expert advisor on Burns Bog and science advisor on paleontology.


PhD, botany, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Impacts of climate change on ecosystems

Restoration of natural systems and processes

Timing and extent of the last ice age

Specialty: Vegetation and climate history of BC

Contact Dr. Richard Hebda

Email: rhebda@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Latest Articles


January 17, 2017 11:17 am

Achillea millefolium Numerous plant species release strong scents when brushed. In the past, these smells were taken as a sign that the plant […]

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Common Woolly Sunflower

January 9, 2017 9:49 am

Eriophyllum lanatum Traditional garden plants often have substitute native species, often hardier, less invasive and easier to manage. The native tall Oregon-grape (Mahonia […]

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January 6, 2017 10:13 am

Empetrum nigrum Heathers (Calluna species) and heaths (Erica species) are popular ground cover plants worldwide. True heathers and heaths are not native to […]

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Alaskan Bunchberry

January 5, 2017 1:57 pm

Cornus unalaschkensis British Columbia forests are re­nowned for the trees they grow. Wi­thin these great forests there are other botanical treasures that live […]

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January 4, 2017 2:33 pm

Amelanchier alnifolia Northern North America is not known as a source of important of fruit crops. Most of our familiar fruits such as […]

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