About UAlberta's Augustana Campus


Glen Hvenegaard, PhD

Professor/ Environmental Science and Geography

Augustana Campus


About Me

I have worked at 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