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