Curator, Palaeobiology

Contact Information

Tel: 613.364.4054
Fax: 613.364.4027

Twitter: @palaeoscool

Kieran Shepherd ensures that the vertebrate fossils at the museum are cared for and preserved properly.


  • M.A., Palaeo-environmental Studies, Norwich University, 1993


Kieran has been with the museum for nearly 25 years, during which time he gathered experience in the care and preservation of vertebrate fossils. He currently works as Curator of the Palaeobiology Collection at the museum's research and collections facility, a purpose-built curatorial facility in Gatineau, Quebec, that he helped design. Kieran is the innovator of new curatorial methods that ensure the long-term preservation of Canada's National Fossil Collection.

One of Kieran's favourite aspects to his job is field work, for which he travels as far away as China in the search for fossil dinosaurs, or stays right here in the Ottawa Valley where he prospects for fossils from the ancient Champlain Sea. He was part of the research teams that described two new Ceratopsian dinosaurs, Vagaceratops irvinensis and Xenoceratops foremostensis. Kieran has also taught a course in the curation of natural history specimens for a college-level museum-studies programme, and was part of the exhibition team that developed the fossil gallery.