who share their passion and knowledge with all ages and backgrounds
OUR HIKES ARE GUIDED BY SCIENTISTS
David Moore’s lifelong fascination with paleontology and evolution began at an early age – as a child, he collected rocks and fossils in eastern Canada. After several years pursuing a career far removed from the rocks, David returned to his first love, moving to Alberta to study geology at the University of Calgary. While undertaking his M.Sc. in geology, he began guiding for the Foundation - that was back in 1996. Working for several energy companies in Calgary, David has enjoyed a successful career exploring for unconventional gas in Canada and around the world. He has taught popular courses on unconventional gas in Canada, has presented at numerous technical conferences and has lectured on Earth and Life History to general audiences. His engaging style and sense of humor have introduced many people to the wonders of geology, paleontology and to scientific exploration. David is a certified Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association.
Lida has been interested in geological processes from an early age from her geologist mother who was an avid collector of rocks, minerals and fossils. Even though Lida received a degree in Geophysics and worked as a geophysicist in downtown Calgary exploring for oil and gas, she kept her childhood passion and curiosity for geology. In 2015 Lida left a successful geophysical career to spend more time on her other passion - shallow ocean marine life. She has been scuba diving in the Caribbean and living and scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands. Upon her return from travels Lida joined the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation, first as an assistant guide and then as a full guide in 2016, combining both of her passions - Geology/Geophysics and warm water marine life. In her spare time Lida enjoys hiking, mountain biking and back-country skiing. Lida is a certified Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association.
Paul McNeil has a Ph.D. in vertebrate paleontology from the University of Calgary and his doctoral research centered on the lives and extinction of large mammals (mammoths, camels, and horses) at the end of the last ice age. In addition, he has spent time working for and with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. He has taught courses at both the University of Calgary and Grande Prairie Regional College. He has been guiding with the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation for two decades and continues to hike the trails to the fossil sites because of the interesting people that he meets. Paul has appeared in several documentaries for The Nature of Things, National Geographic, and the History Channel. He even made a brief appearance in the I-Max movie: “T-Rex; Back to the Cretaceous”. Paul is a certified Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association.
Christina is an environmental consultant with a wide range of expertise, including forest hydrology, hydrometeorology, snow and avalanches, soil science, and more recently environmental remediation. After spending a decade in Austria as a graduate student and researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, she speaks German fluently. Christina is certified as an Apprentice Interpretive Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association and previously worked in heritage presentation, ecological integrity monitoring and wildfire for Parks Canada in Lake Louise, Yoho and Kootenay. She has combined her passions for the mountains and the environment by founding a collective that strives to enable environmental professionals in the Columbia headwaters region to apply their expertise to projects for local clients. When she's not consulting or guiding Burgess Shale hikes, you'll find her creating a homestead or adventuring in the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and especially skiing around Revelstoke and Golden, BC. Christina is particularly interested in how geology influences ecosystems, the landscape scale processes that influence our environment, and climate change adaptation.
M.Sc. (International) Mountain Forestry; B.Sc. Environmental Science, major in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
David Dockman Bio
M.Sc. in Geology
David has been fascinated by geology and the early earth from a young age; it all started when his mom started selling rocks and gems out of her storefront. Seeing all the beautiful fossils and gems sparked a curiosity that eventually led him to completing an M.Sc. in Geology in 2016. His research investigated the chemistry and age of ancient volcanoes on Ellesmere Island and Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut. During his M.Sc., David was a teaching assistant for three years on an advanced geology field school and loves discussing geology and fossils in all weather conditions!
David has spent most of his geology career doing fieldwork in the remote wilderness of the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Alaska. He is a certified Apprentice Hiking Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association and a Geologist in Training with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. David is an avid photographer and life-long learner who loves rock climbing and canoeing.
M.Sc. Earth and Atmospheric Science
Peter grew up on a farm near Cochrane, Alberta, with a view of the eastern slopes of the Rockies. He started working as a hiking guide in the Canadian Rockies in 2007 and has worked on a broad range of interpretive and instructional programs since. In addition to guiding for the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation, Peter has combined his passion for the mountain with expertise in glaciology, geomorphology and hydrology to support a range of research and geohazard projects in rugged and remote locations throughout North America.
Peter is a certified Day Hiking Guide and Apprentice Hiking Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, as well as a registered Professional Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. He is always excited to spend a day in the mountain discussing their past, present and future!
B.Sc. Geo. Env. Engineering
Hugh works as a Hiking Guide in the summer and as the Manager of Operations and Geoscience Programs for the Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation the rest of the year. Hugh earned a B.Sc. in Geological Environmental Engineering from Queen's University in 2004 and has worked as a Geologist and Geotechnical Engineer in both mining and the oil & gas industry. Hugh started guiding with the BSGF in 2009, then moved to Australia for two years to pursue geological work in the mining industry. Since returning to Canada, Hugh has continued to lead guided hikes for the Foundation during the summers. Hugh is a certified Professional Guide with the Interpretive Guides Association. On his days off can be found scrambling and rock climbing in the Canadian Rockies. He looks forward to sharing his passion for the mountain scenery and his curiosity about the amazing fossils in the Yoho area. Hugh is also a guide for Road Scholar and National Geographic Expeditions.
Jaime has been living and working in the Rocky Mountains for the past 15 years. She has a passion for 'all things outdoors', in both work and recreation. Following completion of a Geography/Geology degree at the University of Calgary, she went on to complete a PhD in 2013, with her field studies focused on the hydrology of the Lake O'Hara watershed (also in Yoho National Park). She currently splits her working time between working for Parks Canada in Resource Conservation, hiking and ski guiding, as well as independent environmental consulting. She is a certified ACMG Apprentice Hiking Guide and Apprentice Ski Guide. In her spare time she can be found rock climbing, trail running and backcountry skiing in the amazing mountains she calls home.