Coffee with Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette

Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette, former curator of the Herbarium and renowned biologist, visited the Connell Memorial Herbarium on August 24.  Former students and departmental friends gathered in the Common Room of Bailey Hall UNB, where we had a chance to catch up with Dr. Roberts-Pichette.

Since her days of teaching biology at UNB and developing the herbarium, Dr. Roberts-Pichette has been working to protect the global ecology with various federal and international agencies including:

  • Environment Canada
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN)
  • Canada MAB (Man and Biosphere).

In honour of all of her efforts, Environment Canada has created the “Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award”.

After retirement, Dr. Roberts-Pichette has become involved in the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO), and has published a book describing the experiences of the thousands of British Home Children who came to Canada in the late 1800’s, “Great Canadian Expectations: The Middlemore Experience”.

It was such a pleasure to meet Dr. Roberts-Pichette, we are so grateful she made the time to stop in.   She contributed so much to the University and the Herbarium during the short time she worked here.  Her continuing enthusiasm for education, dedication to ecology and optimism were inspiring.


Author: UNB Herbarium

Vascular Plant Collection at University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick