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Symposium Speakers Section


Keynote Speaker  •  Dr. Richard Hebda














 Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator of Botany and Earth History, Royal BC Museum


Richard Hebda has a Ph. D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia and has been

a Curator at the Royal British Columbia Museum (Botany and Earth History) for more than 32 years and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Victoria (Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences) for more than 28 years.


Dr. Hebda serves as the Province of BC’s science advisor in Paleontology. He was the curator

of the Royal BC Museum’s Dragon Bones exhibit on Chinese dinosaurs (2003) and its permanent Climate Change exhibit.


He was the first faculty coordinator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria and the Province of British Columbia’s expert advisor on Burns Bog (purchased as a globally unique ecosystem). He studies vegetation and climate history

of British Columbia, Ethnobotany of BC First Nations, climate change and its impacts, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry oak

and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.


Dr. Hebda, with his graduate students, is author of 110+ scientific papers; 200+ popular articles mainly on bulbs, native plants and climate change; (co) author of four books and major reports, (co) editor of three books.


Research Profile for Dr. Hebda:


Special Guest Speaker  •  Ray Troll


















Born in Corning, New York in 1954 and raised as an Air Force brat in a family of 6 kids, Ray grew up in 11 different locales around the states and overseas. Ever since he was knee high to a humpy Ray knew that being an artist was his life's goal. He still wants to be one when he grows up. Ray moved to Alaska in 1983 to spend a summer helping his sister start a seafood retail store. The fish store is long gone but Ray is not. There's something about Alaska that has kept four of the Troll siblings anchored there for decades.


Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1977 and an MFA in studio arts from Washington State University in 1981. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Gilbert Ichthyological Society, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators & a lifetime member of S.P.O.O.F. (the Society for the Protection of Old Fish).


Troll's unique blend of art and science culminated in his traveling exhibit, "Dancing to the Fossil Record," a major show which opened at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco in 1995. The huge exhibit included Ray's original drawings, gigantic fossils, fish tanks, murals, an original soundtrack, a dance floor and an interactive computer installation. In 1997 the exhibit traveled to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. In 1998 it hit the streets of Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences.The tour ended in 1999 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. By that time it had grown to 14,000 square feet.


Ray currently has a new museum show on the road based on his new children's book, "Sharkabet, a Sea of Sharks from A to Z". In addition to "Sharkabet", Ray has illustrated three books with author Brad Matsen : Shocking Fish Tales, Planet Ocean, and Raptors, Fossils, Fins & Fangs. He has also done the illustrations for "Life's a Fish and then You Fry" by chef Randy Bayliss.


He & his wife, Michelle, own & operate the SOHO COHO Contemporary Art & Craft Gallery, located on a spawning stream in the former red light district of Ketchikan. The gallery features Ray's own artwork, t-shirts and fish juju, as well as original artwork by other local artists.


When not at the drawing board, Ray's hanging out with his two teenage kids, Corinna & Patrick. Ray is an avid fossil collecting rockhound and, of course, an ardent angler with questionable fishing skills.























View Ray Troll Artwork below:

Ray Troll Art