Barbara J. McNicol, PhD

           Courses / Main areas of instruction at MRU:

  • Geography 2443 (Tourism and Recreation Geography)
  • Geography 2445 (Environmental Problems and Resource Management)
  • Geography 2225 (Regional Geography of Canada)
  • Geography 3445 (Global Environmental Issues)
  • Geography 3447 (Parks and Protected Areas)

Position: Full Professor and Assistant Director for Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Office: B248 C
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 403 440 6175
Fax: 403 440 6333
E-mail: bmcnicol@mtroyal.ca


1996: Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
1991: Master of Arts, Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
1979: Bachelor of Arts, Geography/Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Degrees: PhD, MA, BA

Current research interests / Current work:  Commercial operators, visitor use, environmental management and policies in parks and protected areas (Banff and Jasper National Parks); amenity tourism migration and second homes (Canmore, Alberta); technology, education, and curriculum development in provincial and national parks (Kananaskis Provincial Recreation Area; Banff and Jasper National Parks); environmental supply indicators in high-use international protected areas (Canada, Sourth Africa and Australia).

Instructor Profile:  Barbara graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Geography/Biology in 1979 and spent the next ten years working in environmental education for both Canadian National Parks and BC Provincial and Heritage Parks. With completion of an MA in 1990 she worked for one term as a Laboratory Instructor for the Geography Department at the University of Victoria and then moved to Calgary to complete a PhD in 1996. Barb has taught as an Assistant Professor at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick (1997/98) and as a full-time Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary (1998/2000). In the past, she has been a member of the Curriculum Development Team at Mount Royal University and is active in both theoretical and applied curriculum and program development and assessment.  In 2001 Barb was appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary and is now an Adjunct Associate Professor beginning a fourth three year term. 

Main areas of scholarly interest and/or expertise:  Research and teaching interests are in Social Environmental Geography with emphasis on environmental management; tourism and recreation; parks and protected areas; natural resource, land use and community development issues.