Glen Hvenegaard

Glen Hvenegaard graduated from the University of Alberta with both a Bachelor of Science in forestry in 1987 and a Master of Science in wildland recreation in 1989. Furthering his education, he completed a PhD in Geography in 1996 at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. During his studies at the University of Alberta Glen received the Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry Honour Society) award in 1986.

Glen had a variety of summer jobs during his undergraduate and graduate years. From 1985 to 1987, Glen worked as a park ranger in Bow Valley and Peter Lougheed Provincial Parks, Alberta. In 1988, he was a Resource Assistant for the Student Conservation Association in the El Malpais National Conservation Area near Grants, New Mexico. In 1989, he was a park naturalist at Dinosaur Provincial Park, and then was a research consultant for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife with the Watchable Wildlife Program. During 1990-1991 Glen worked as a Park Warden at Elk Island National Park, Alberta. Throughout his days as a student, he worked as a teaching assistant in a variety of courses. Starting in 1994, he is now a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Camrose, Alberta.
Glen's research focuses primarily on the topics of ecotourism, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education. First, he has been examining the role of ecotourism in promoting conservation. His major subjects have been on wildlife viewers, such as bird watchers, whale watchers, park users, and participants in bird festivals and Christmas Bird Counts. For such activities, he has explored the economic and environmental impacts, demographic characteristics, and alternatives resource uses, while using various theoretical frameworks for analysis, including recreation specialization, resource substitutability, and community development. Second, Glen researches conservation biology with a focus on birds. Most recently, with colleagues, he assessed the long-term impact of landscape change on biodiversity in southern France, and a key shorebird migratory stopover site in Sergipe State, Brazil. He also evaluated the value of using birds as indicators of biodiversity at the farm scale in rural prairie and parkland Alberta. In addition he has examined how patch size affects bird species richness and abundance in the remnant aspen forests of east-central Alberta. Over the past 2 decades, Glen has assisted a variety of monitoring projects, including the Alberta Nocturnal Owl Survey, Breeding Bird Survey, Christmas Bird Count, Piping Plover Survey, and Alberta Bird Atlas Project.

Third, Glen conducts research on environmental and outdoor education. Currently, he is investigating the pedagogy of fieldwork and the dynamics of undergraduate research in independent study courses. With colleagues, he evaluated the role of improvisational theatre for kids; interpretation in Banff National Park. He has also explored interactions among students's environmental information sources, knowledge, attitudes, and environmentally-friendly behavior. Glen has also written about technology and outdoor education, wildlife photography, and experiential education.

Glen had a rich university experience with the Department of Renewable Resources (formerly the Department of Forest Science). Specifically, he acquired valuable mentors for graduate study, gained lifelong friends and colleagues, learned critical fieldwork skills for work in environmental studies, enriched his program with courses outside of the department, and benefited greatly from events and opportunities beyond the degree requirements. He fondly remembers helping Dr. Jim Butler lead a natural history tour to south Florida, going to a conservation conference with fellow students, participating in the spring field camp, and pouring over study skins for the wildlife identification course.

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Added: 2 February 2009