Dr. Terence Day


Dr. Terence Day
Professor, Geography & Earth and Environmental Science
Okanagan College
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4413
Email: TDay@Okanagan.bc.ca

PhD – University of East Anglia, School of Environmental Science
MSc – Birkbeck College, University of London, Geographic Information Science
BSc – University College of Swansea, Wales, Department of Geography

I am a professor in the Department of Geography & Earth and Environmental Science at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Previously I was the Director of the Atlantic Canada Centre for Environmental Science and Coordinator of the BSc Environmental Studies program at Saint Marys’ University in Halifax, NS. I have been a visiting scholar at the University of The Gambia in west Africa and worked on CIDA projects in The Gambia, Chile and Cambodia. I also have extensive experience as a geoscience consultant for industry and government.

Courses currently taught at Okanagan College
Geo 111 - Introduction to Physical Geography I
Geog 121 - Introduction to Physical Geography II
Geog/EESC 205 – Hydrology
Geog 272 – Introduction to cartography, GIS and remote sensing

I have previously taught courses in geomorphology, glacial geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, geography of the oceans, environmental impact assessment, environmental monitoring and auditing, introductory earth science, environmental geology, and introductory human geography.  

Research Interests
I have a research lab (Room C319L at the KLO campus) that works on the magnetic properties of environmental materials. Working with two undergraduate students, I am investigating the relationships between coastal erosion and concentrations of magnetic minerals in beach sediments. I am also working with Paul Ransom on paleomagnetic aspects of tectonics in the Hughes Range. That project is funded by the BC Geoscience Foundation.

I am very interested in new developments in post-secondary geography education, and am currently collaborating with Rachel Spronken-Smith of the University of Otago to write an article on pedagogy and field work for the soon-to-be-published AAG Encyclopedia of Geography.

Selected recent publications
Day, T., 2012. Undergraduate teaching and learning in physical geography. Progress in Physical Geography, 36, (3), 305-332.

Doige, C. and Day, T. 2012. A typology of undergraduate textbook definitions of ‘heat’ across science disciplines. International Journal of Science Education 34(5), 677-700.

Day, T., Doige, C., Young, J., 2010. The concept of ‘heat’ in physical geography. Geography 95(1), 33-37.

Day, T., 2009. Textbook Errors in the Application of the Kelvin Temperature Scale. Journal of Geography, 108(6), 269-70.