Mryka Hall-Beyer

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       Since 1996, I have been in the Geography Department at the University of Calgary, where I am now an Associate Professor. I teach undergraduate Physical Geography, Cartography and Biogeography, and Remote Sensing at both undergraduate and graduate levels. I am involved both teaching and mentoring students in the MGIS program. As one of the  undergraduate academic advisors for the Department of Geography, I am  an active participant in attracting young people, particularly young women, to Geography. I currently chair the Undergraduate Program Committee for the Geography Department..

        My thirty-year career in teaching has been quite varied, ranging from instructing elementary Outdoor Education, high school Earth Science, Physics and Mathematics, community college Geography, Geology and Statistics, and undergraduate and graduate Remote Sensing, Cartography and Biogeography. I have participated in teacher training in Remote Sensing through the Canadian Council for Geographic Education and the GLOBE project, as well as mentoring a senior-level course that sees Geography students work as subject experts with elementary and junior-high teachers in Calgary. While employed by for Canada’s National Museums and Parks Canada, I developed exhibits and provided staff training internally and for other organizations involved in natural history interpretation. Recently, I have adapted several advanced undergraduate courses for “paper-free” online delivery using WebCT and Blackboard and have worked with a graduate student to prepare ArcView tutorials for non-experts. I am now designing an entirely on-line delivery of a graduate level remote sensing course. A major exhibit with Calgary artist Sharon Thirkettle "eARTh" exploring the scientist's and tactile artist's perceptions of satellite imagery, was displayed at the Calgary Science Centre from January through April 2005.

        I am a board member of the Alberta Native Plant Council and the Alberta Geomatics Group. I served as technical co-chair of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society annual conference in 1998 and have acted in various ad-hoc volunteer capacities for the CRSS. I am active in the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, and have served for many years as a judge in the Great Canadian Geography Challenge.  My professional memberships are currently the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CASI), the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Geological Society of America.
 

    Outside of work, I play piano and sing in the choir of Holy Cross Anglican Church, Calgary, and participate in several amateur musical groups; I also plays hammered dulcimer and am particularly devoted to Sacred Harp singing. I spend as much time hiking and cross-country skiing as possible.

 

Last update: 23 October 2006