Glynnis Hood, PhD, MSc, Dip. Tech, BA, CWB®
PhD, Environmental Biology and Ecology, University of Alberta; MSc, Natural Resources Management, University of Northern B.C.; Dip. Tech., Fish, Widlife and Recreation, British Columbia Institute of Technology; BA, Linguistics, University of Victoria
Freshwater Ecology, Wildlife Ecology and Management
My current research focuses on wetland ecology as it relates to wildlife habitat and management. Semi-aquatic mammals are of specific interest. Along with investigations into water quality and quantity, I study how the presence of beavers affects pond morphometry, aquatic connectivity, and biodiversity. Other research interests include how human-wildlife interactions affect access to critical habitats by wildlife and how those impacts can be mitigated using adaptive management approaches. My research approach is largely empirical, based on field studies, which are then analyzed using statistics and GIS. Much of my work has been conducted in protected areas and adjacent private and public lands.
My main teaching interests include: freshwater ecology and management, wildlife ecology and management, environmental impact assessment, geographic information systems, and statistics for the natural sciences. Linking theory and practice is an important part of my approach to teaching, which often has my students finding themselves applying classroom material to field-based activities.
Introduction to fundamentals and applications of Geographic Information Systems. Topics include the nature of geographic data, geo-referencing systems, geographic modelling, data collection and management, and spatial analysis. Practical applications of GIS will be emphasized with the use of appropriate computer software. Prerequisite: Any 100-level science course. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUGEO 218 (2021) and AUENV 218.
Theory and practices in the study and management of wildlife populations and communities. Population dynamics, habitat assessment and management, conservation challenges, and emerging trends. Computational models and assignments aid theoretical understanding of material. Prerequisites: AUENV 252; AUBIO 253; AUSTA 215.
Research - Beavers as drivers of ecological dynamics
2020 to 2025
This research examines how the interplay between environmental variables (e.g. soils, vegetation, hydrology, climate) and beaver ecology (e.g. population dynamics, habitat alterations) affects persistence of beaver dams and tipping points where dams fail. While beaver activities increase biodiversity and productivity, dams do break, leading to catastrophic flooding. In response, we are quantifying key variables in beaver-modified landscapes to predict persistence of dams in associated aquatic systems. In addition, spatial and temporal variables will be identified that can inform risk management for beaver release. Moreover, we are assessing the influence of active maintenance of dams, population dynamics, and related environmental variables on the probability of dam persistence. These data will aid development of flood-risk models for agricultural lands adjacent to wildland areas and how they are potentially affected by failure of beaver dams. Research outputs will aid resource managers in balancing biodiversity and flood risk. This research is funded by a NSERC Discovery Grant.
Research - Distribution and habitat associations of semi-aquatic furbearers in the Beaver Hills Biosphere
This research investigates which factors influence the distribution and habitat selection of semi-aquatic mammals (i.e., beaver, muskrat, river otter, and mink) within a mixed-use landscape of the Beaver Hills Biosphere in Alberta’s southern mixed-wood boreal forest. Through the use of camera traps, eDNA sampling, and sign surveys we are measuring the diversity and distribution of semi-aquatic mammals in the Biosphere, and analyzing the relationship between species occurrence and habitat composition, including aquatic connectivity (e.g., the influence of beaver channels). This research is funded by an Alberta Conservation Association research grant (https://www.ab-conservation.com/), and Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve Association funding.
Past research regarding the influence of beavers on aquatic connectivity and biodiversity is published in: Canadian Journal of Zoology (2020) 98:210–218; Freshwater Biology (2015) 60:198–208; Animal Conservation (2015) 18(3):287–294; Wetlands (2014) 34:19–29; and Herpetological Review (2014) 45(1):18–20.
Hood, G.A. (A. Cheng, Illustrator)
Rocky Mountain Books. 2022 November;
Hood, G.A., McIntosh, A.C.S., Hvenegaard, G.T.
Wetlands. 2021 November; 41 (112)
Stramoen, C.B., Hood, G.A.
Journal for Nature Conservation. 2021 April; 61
Yarmey, N.T., Hood, G.A.
Human-Wildlife Interactions. 2021 January; 14 (3):476–486
Hood, G.A. (M. Brierely, Illustrator)
Johns Hopkins University Press. 2020 October;
Land. 2020 September; 9 (10):345
Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2020 January; 98 10.1139/cjz-2019-0066
Shotyk, W., Bicalho, B., Dergousoff, M., Grant-Weaver, I., Hood, G., Lund, K., Noernberg, T.
Science of the Total Environment. 2019 January; 672
Stewart F.E. C, Volpe J.P.,Eaton B.R., Hood, G.A., Vujnovic, D., Fisher, J.T.
Biological Conservation. 2019 January; 240
Dubrule T., Patriquin D.L., Hood G.A.
Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. 2018 January; 20 (2):1850005
Hood G.A., Manaloor V., Dzioba B.
Human Dimensions of Wildlife. 2018 January; 23 (2):74-116
Hood, G.A., Hvenegaard, G.T., McIntosh, A.
University of Alberta, Augustana. 2018 January; Technical report for Beaver County
Hood G.A., Hvenegaard G.T., McIntosh A.
University of Alberta, Augustana. 2017 January; Technical report for Beaver County
Matters S.D., Hood G.A.
Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 2016 January; 36 (2):149-166
Anderson N.L., Paszkowski C.A., Hood G.A.
Animal Conservation. 2015 January; 18 (3):287-294
Hood G.A., Larson D.G.
Freshwater Biology. 2015 January; 60
Post-release survival of beavers exposed to bitumen
University of Alberta, Augustana. 2015 January; Technical Report for CNRL
Hood G.A, Larson D.G.
Wetlands. 2014 January; 34
Bromley C.K., Hood G .A.
Mammalian Biology. 2013 January; 78
Nelner T.B., Hood G.A.
Wildlife Biology. 2011 January; 17
Rocky Mountain Books. 2011 January;
Hood G.A., Bromley C.K, Tiitmamer Kur N.
University of Alberta, Augustana. 2009 January; Technical Report for the Cumulative Effects Monitoring Association (CEMA)
Hood G.A., Bayley S.E.
Forest Ecology and Management. 2009 January; 258 (2009):1979-1989
Hood G.A., Bayley S.E.
Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2008 January; 86
Hood G.A., Bayley S.E.
Biological Conservation. 2008 January; 141
Hood G.A., Bayley S.E., Olson W.
Forest Ecology and Management. 2007 January; 237
Hood G.A., Neufeld T.
Canadian Field Naturalist. 2004 January; 118 (4):605-607
Hood G.A., Bayley S.E.
Lutra. 2004 January; 66 (2):235-241
Hood G.A., Parker K.L.
Wildlife Society Bulletin. 2001 January; 29 (2):624-638