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Claire Hay

Claire Hay, MSc

Department Head/ Associate Professor

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, A407c

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4773

email Claire

Biography

Growing up in the west of Scotland, I completed my BSc (honours) in Geography from University of St Andrews. During my undergraduate studies, I spent a year studying at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON where I decided that Canada was a great place to live (and have since become a Canadian citizen!).

I moved to Edmonton in 1996 and completed an MSc in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences under the supervision of Dr. John Shaw. My thesis investigated the origin of glacial landforms in SE Alberta. After a short return to Scotland, I moved to the Lower Mainland and started a PhD at Simon Fraser University in glacial geomorphology. I joined UFV in 2002 as a Geography Instructor.

Current Position

  • Department Head, Geography and the Environment
  • Associate Professor 2002 - present
  • Department of Geography, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC

Previous Positions

  • Sessional Instructor Fall 2002
  • Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Education

Educational Background

  • Provincial Instructor Diploma, 2014, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC
  • Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 1998, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geography (rank 2:1) 1996, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK

Teaching Interests

  • GEOG 101: Weather and Climate
  • GEOG 102: Evolution of the Earth's Surface
  • GEOG 202: Introduction to Geomorphology
  • GEOG 250: Geographic Skills for the Workplace
  • GEOG 304: Coastal Geomorphology

Courses Instructed

  • Department of Geography, University College of the Fraser Valley
  • Weather and Climate (Geog 101)
  • Evolution of the Earth’s Surface (Geog 102)
  • Introduction to Geomorphology (Geog 202)
  • Fluvial and Coastal Geomorphology (Geog 302)
  • Cartography 1 (Geog 251)
  • Geography of British Columbia (Geog 131)
  • Glacial Processes and Landforms (Geog 400B)
  • Adventures in Geography (Geog 470/433)
  • Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University
  • Geomorphology I (Geog 213)

Research Interests

My interests are in community-focused research initiatives in collaboration with various federal, provincial and municipal organizations. I am particularly interested in watershed management issues and preservation of water resources in the local community. I am also interesting in field-based learning initiatives. My current projects are described below:

Silverdale Creek,
Mission: Mapping of the hydrology of Silverdale Creek in Mission in an area designated for wetland restoration (partnership with DFO, City of Mission and other local groups).

Nathan Creek, Langley Township
: Hydrometric monitoring of stream flow at multiple sites in Nathan Creek to develop discharge rating curves that can be used for contaminant loading studies of organic and inorganic pollutants (in collaboration with Vesna Furtula at Environment Canada).

Field-based Learning Initiatives
: Investigating how different styles of field-based learning can be integrated into the classroom and reporting how UFV Geography includes this as part of our curriculum.

Research Grants

Scholarships and Awards

  • Recipient of the William and Ida Steel Memorial Graduate Scholarship at SFU, 2001-2002.
  • Recipient of a Simon Fraser University Graduate Fellowship tenable in the summer of 2001.
  • Recipient of a Geological Society of America Research Grant in 2000 to fund my PhD research in BC Interior. In 2000, the GSA awarded 245 grants from 600 applications throughout North America.
  • Recipient of the CD Nelson Memorial Graduate Scholarship at SFU, 1999-2000.
  • Recipient of Geological Society of America Research Grants in 1997 and 1998 that funded my MSc. fieldwork in southern Alberta. In 1997, the GSA awarded 166 grants from 468 applications from throughout North America.
  • Recipient of a University of Alberta PhD Scholarship, 1996-1998.
  • Recipient of the Canadian Robert T Jones Scholarship and exchange student at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario from my home university, St. Andrews University, Scotland

Presentations

Conference Presentations

  • Beaney, C.L. and Vanderburgh, S. (2006) Keeping Geographers in the Field: Building a Successful Field-Based Program. WDCAG meeting, 10-11 March 2006, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Marsh, S. (2006) Water Quality Analysis in Fergus Creek, GVRD. WDCAG meeting, 10-11 March 2006, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Marsh, S. (2006) Water Quality Analysis in Fergus Creek, GVRD. Association of Washington Geographers meeting, 8 April 2006, Western Washington University, Bellingham.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Brennand, T.A. (2001) Drumlins of the central Interior Plateau, British Columbia: shape, size and distribution. CANQUA meeting, 21-24 August 2001, Whitehorse, Yukon.
  • Sjogren, D.B., Young, R.R., Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Beaney, C.L., and Sjogren, E.C. (2000) Glacial erosion patterns in southern Alberta: implications for glacial dynamics and hydrology. Rocky Mountain Division of the Geological Society of America, Sectional Meeting, Missoula, Montana, April 2000.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Hicks, F.E. (1999) Hydraulic modelling of subglacial tunnel channels in southeast Alberta, Canada. CANQUA-CGRG joint meeting, 23-27 August 1999, University of Calgary, Program and Abstracts, 3.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Shaw, J. (1999) The subglacial geomorphology of southeast Alberta: evidence for subglacial meltwater erosion. CANQUA-CGRG joint meeting, 23-27 August 1999, University of Calgary, Program and Abstracts, 3.
  • Munro-Stasiuk, M.J., Beaney, C., Lesemann, J-E., Rains, R.B., Shaw, J., Sjogren, D.B., Sjogren, E. and Young, R.R. (1999) Flute Fields = Ice Streams = Deformable Beds: Are these connected? CANQUA-CGRG joint meeting, 23-27 August 1999, University of Calgary, Program and Abstracts, 54.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Shaw, J. (1998) The origin of subglacial landforms in southeast Alberta, Canada. International Symposium on Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes, Kiruna, Sweden, Abstracts, 29.
  • Beaney, C.L. (1997) Sediment size characteristics of Catfish Creek, Southern Ontario: a test of the Sternberg Relationship. Annual Meeting, Western Division, Canadian Association of Geographers, 1997, Prince George, BC., Conference Proceedings and Abstracts, 32.
  • Beaney, C.L. (1997) Sediment size characteristics of Catfish Creek, Southern Ontario: a test of the Sternberg Relationship. 2nd Annual Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Research Symposium, 1997, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Program with Abstracts, 9.

Invited Talks

  • Beaney, C.L. (2005) Field-based Learning in Geography. Association of Washington Geographers, Fall Meeting, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, 25 October 2005.
  • Beaney, C.L. (2005) Canada’s Icy Past: A Legacy of Glaciation. Elder College, University College of the Fraser Valley, February 2005.
  • Beaney, C.L. (2004) Canada’s Icy Past: A Legacy of Glaciation. Elder College, University College of the Fraser Valley, February 2004.
  • Beaney, C.L. (2003) The Physiography of the Fraser Lowlands. Invited lecture for Geography 433, Borderlands, University College of the Fraser Valley, February 2003 and February 2004.
  • Beaney, C.L. (2001) Drumlins of the central Interior Plateau, British Columbia: shape, size and distribution. Geography 412 class conference, Simon Fraser University, 5 December 2001.
  • Beaney, C.L. (2000) Catastrophic floods and megageomorphology in cowboy country: SE Alberta’s wet and wild past. GeoSpeakers Seminar Series, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, 5 October 2000.
  • Beaney, C.L. (1998) The subglacial geomorphology of southeast Alberta: evidence for subglacial meltwater erosion. Invited lecture, Department of Geography, University of Calgary, 25 November 1998.

Publications

Published/Refereed Articles

  • Beaney, C.L. (2002) Tunnel channels in southeast Alberta, Canada: evidence for catastrophic channelised drainage. Quaternary International, 90, 67-74.
  • Beaney, C.L. and Hicks, F.E. (2000) Hydraulic modelling of subglacial tunnel channels in southeast Alberta, Canada. Hydrological Processes, 14, 2545-2557
  • Beaney, C.L. and Shaw, J. (2000) The subglacial geomorphology of southeast Alberta: evidence for subglacial meltwater erosion. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 37, 51-61.
  • Shaw, J., Munro-Stasiuk, M., Sawyer, B., Beaney, C., Lesemann, J-E., Mussachio, A., Rains, R.B. and Young, R.R. (2000) Comment and Reply: The Channelled Scablands: Back to Bretz? Geology, 28, 6, 573-576.
  • Shaw, J., Munro-Stasiuk, M., Sawyer, B., Beaney, C., Lesemann, J-E., Mussachio, A., Rains, R.B. and Young, R.R. (1999) The Channelled Scablands: Back to Bretz? Geology, 27, 605-608.

Field Trip Experience (Guidebooks and Leadership)

  • Beaney, C.L., Simpson, C.J., Barendregt, R.W. and Dormaar, J.F. (2000) Exploring Alberta’s Lost Corner: Glacial, Fluvial and Human Evolution of Southeast Alberta. Alberta Geomorphology Field Group 2000, 10th Annual Field Trip Field Guide, 59pp.
  • Field Trip Co-Organizer, Alberta Geomorphology Field Group 09/00
  • Co-organizer of the 10th Annual Alberta Geomorphology Field Group Field Trip, September 2000 to southeast Alberta and northern Montana.

Unpublished Papers

  • Beaney, C.L. (1998) The subglacial geomorphology of southeast Alberta: evidence for subglacial meltwater erosion. Unpublished MSc. thesis, University of Alberta, 136pp.
  • Beaney, C.L. (1995) Sediment size variation in the Catfish Creek Drainage Basin, Ontario. Unpublished BSc. (honours) thesis, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Community Engagement

Scholarly Activity and Institutional Service

  • Faculty member leading development of a BSc in Physical Geography degree at UCFV, 2005/2006
  • Arts and Applied Arts representative Academic Standards Committee at UCFV, 2004-2008
  • Reviewer for journal, Geomorphology (2006)
  • Reviewer for McGraw-Hill-Ryerson (publisher) for “Introduction to Field Geology” by M. Bevier, 2004.
  • Member at Large, Board of Directors, Association of Washington Geographers, 2005-2007
  • Newsletter editor for Western Division, Canadian Association of Geographers, 2006-2007
  • Faculty advisor for the Geography Undergraduate Society (GUS) at UCFV, 2003 – present.
  • Organizer of the Association of Washington Geographers Spring Meeting hosted by UCFV on April 23/24, 2004.

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Melissa Koyanagi2

"My most valuable experience was certainly the AIG to BC's Interior that I had the pleasure of completing with my peers under the guidance of Gary Fehr and Olav Lian. This experience was in-depth, interesting and relevant to my previous studies in a wide range of subject areas, including postglacial and paraglacial processes, First Nations affairs in BC and BC's evolving economy. I sincerely enjoyed this learning experience and it was the perfect way to cap off my undergraduate studies at UFV."

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  • – Melissa Koyanagi
  •    BA with double extended minors in Geography and Psychology

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