My research program focuses on the conservation aspects of ecotourism, biogeography, park interpretation, and rural sustainability. First, I am seeking 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). Last, colleagues and I are evaluating planning processes and management efforts in promoting rural sustainability.
• Hvenegaard, G.T. 2016. Visitors’ perceived impacts of interpretation on knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral intentions at Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada. Tourism and Hospitality Research. DOI: 10.1177/1467358416634157. 12 pp.
• Hvenegaard, G.T. and J. Shultis. 2016. The role of interpretation. Pp. 141-169 In P. Dearden, R. Rollins, and M. Needham (eds.). Parks and Protected Areas in Canada: Planning and Management, 4th Ed., Oxford University Press, Don Mills, ON.
• Hallstrom, L., G. Hvenegaard, M. Beckie, and K. Mundel, (Eds.). 2016. Taking the Next Steps: Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada. University of Alberta Press, Edmonton, AB. 387 pp. ISBN 978-1-77212-040-0
• Lemieux, C.J., S.T. Doherty, P.F.J. Eagles, M.W. Groulx, G.T. Hvenegaard, J. Gould, E. Nisbet, and F. Romagosa. 2016. Policy and management recommendations informed by the human health benefits of visitor experiences in Alberta’s protected areas. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 34(1): 24-52.
• Stutchbury, B.J.M., R. Siddiqui, K. Applegate, G.T. Hvenegaard, P. Mammenga, N. Mickle, M. Pearman, J.D. Ray, A. Savage, T. Shaheen, and K.C. Fraser. 2016. Ecological causes and consequences of intratropical migration in temperate-breeding migratory birds. American Naturalist 188, no. S1 (September): S28-S40.
• Hvenegaard, G.T. & A.N. Kaiser. 2015. Ecotourism, conservation, and sustainability: a case study of the Camrose Purple Martin Festival. Innovative Leisure Practices: Cases as Conduits Between Theory and Practice 1: 1-10.
• Hvenegaard, G.T., S. Carr, K. Clark, P. Dunn, & T. Olexson. 2015. Integrating sustainable forest management and protected areas in the Prince Albert Model Forest, Canada. Conservation and Society 13(1): 51-61.
• Lam, L, E.A. McKinnon, J.D. Ray, M. Pearman, G.T. Hvenegaard, J. Mejeur, L. Moscar, M. Pearson, K. Applegate, P. Mammenga, J. Tautin, & K.C. Fraser. 2015. The influence of morphological variation on migration performance in a trans-hemispheric migratory songbird. Animal Migration 2: 86-95.
• Wiersma Y.F., P. Duinker, W. Haider, G. Hvenegaard, & F. Schmiegelow. 2015. Relationships between protected areas and sustainable forest management: Where are we heading? Conservation and Society 13(1): 1-12.