I have worked at the Augustana Campus since 1994. My previous degrees are from the University of Alberta (BSc Forestry, MSc Wildland Recreation) and the University of Victoria (PhD Geography). At my university and for professional organizations, I have served on the following:
• Manager, Augustana Miquelon Lake Research Station (2015-2019)
• Community Service-Learning Committee (2015-2019)
• Sustainability Committee (2012-2018)
• Chair, Camrose Wildlife and Stewardship Society (2009-)
• AB Parks Social Science Working Group (2013-)
• World Commission on Protected Areas, IUCN (1994-)
• Tourism and Protected Areas Specialty Group, WCPA (1996-)
• Conservation Working Group, Beaver Hills Biosphere (2008-)
My research program focuses on the conservation aspects of ecotourism, biogeography, park interpretation, and rural sustainability. First, I try to understand the actual and potential roles of ecotourism in promoting conservation (eg. wildilfe festivals, conservation volunteers, bird watchers, whale watchers, park users, and Christmas Bird Counts). Second, I use biogeography principles to help conserve birds in rural landscapes (eg. Purple Martins, owls, shorebirds, forest songbirds). Third, I examine teaching and learning issues related to environmental education (eg. park interpretation effectiveness, undergraduate research, and field studies).
Selected Publications from 2018 onward
R - Hallström, L.K., G. Hvenegaard, & Dipa, N.J. (2019). Citizen engagement in sustainability planning: Patterns and barriers from Hinton and Wood Buffalo, Alberta. Journal of Rural and Community Development 14(2): 42-65.
R - Hvenegaard, G.T. and R. Perkins. 2019. Motivations, commitment, and turnover of bluebird trail managers. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 24(3): 250-266.
R - Hallstrom, L.K., G. Hvenegaard, J. Gould, and B. Joubert. 2019. Prioritizing research questions for protected area agencies: A case study of provincial parks in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 37(3): 110-122.
R - Hvenegaard, G.T., L.K. Hallstrom, and K.L.P. Brand. 2019. Implementation dynamics for sustainability planning in rural Canada. Journal of Rural and Community Development 14(1): 54-76.
R - Moore, S.E., G.T. Hvenegaard, and J. Wesselius. 2018. Efficacy of directed studies courses: a comparison of instructor and student perspectives on course dynamics. Higher Education 76: 771-788.
R - Asfeldt, M., G. Hvenegaard, and R. Purc-Stephenson. 2018. Group writing, reflection, and discovery: A model for enhancing learning on wilderness educational expeditions. Journal of Experiential Education 41(3): 241-260.
R - Lemieux, C.J., M. Groulx, E. Halpenny, H. Stager, J. Dawson, E.J. Stewart, and G.T. Hvenegaard. 2018. “The End of the Ice Age?”: Visitor motivations to experience disappearing world heritage and the climate change communication imperative. Environmental Communication 12(5): 653-671.
R - Leung, Y.-F., A. Spenceley, G. Hvenegaard, and R. Buckley, (Eds.). 2018. Tourism and Visitor Management in Protected Areas: Guidelines for Sustainability. Best Practice Protected Area Guidelines Series No. 27, World Commission on Protected Areas. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. ISBN 978-2-8317-1898-9 (PDF); https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/47918
I teach a variety of courses in environmental studies and geography, including:
• AUENV 120: Human Activities and the Natural Environment
• AUGEO 230: Geomorphology; including lab
• AUGEO 231: Climatology; including lab
• AUENV 252: Wildlife Diversity of Alberta
• AUENV 320/420: Parks and Wilderness
• AUENV 334: Field Studies in Environmental Science and Ecology
• AUENV 327: Environmental Education and Heritage Interpretation
• AUENV 421: Environmental Science: History and Impacts
Ecology, conservation, and identification of Alberta's common wildlife species, with a focus on mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates. A mandatory field trip will be included. Prerequisites: AUENV 120, AUGEO 120, or AUBIO 112.Fall Term 2020
Theory and methods of communicating environmental and heritage subject matter to a broad audience. Includes discussion of the history, theory, planning, management, implementation, and evaluation of environmental programs. The course will address a variety of personal and non-personal techniques. Prerequisites: AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120.Fall Term 2020
Overview of the historical developments, past and current impacts, and changing roles of the field of environmental science. Prerequisites: One of AUBIO 350, AUENV 320, 324, 350, 420, AUGEO 320, 324, 420 and at least fourth-year standing. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENV 421 and AUGEO 421.Winter Term 2021
Study of (1) elements and processes of climate and weather; (2) distributions and regional patterns of climates; and (3) interrelationships among climates, plants, animals, and people. Note: AUGEO 230 need not precede AUGEO 231. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.Winter Term 2021