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Karyn Butler

Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2021
Tel: (709) 864-8193
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: kgbutler[at]


I received my BSc (Honours) and BEd at Memorial University and MSc in Geography at McGill University. I spent five years as Assistant Director of General Studies at MUN and was chair of the Geography Department from 1995 to 2001. I started MUN's Orientation programme in 1983 and have a continued interest in improving student experiences in first-year university courses including the McConnell Project sponsored by the Instructional Development Office. My research and teaching interests are in Plant Biogeography, Physical Geography and Introductory Geography.

Teaching Interests

  • Biogeography
  • First-year programs
  • Liaisons with teachers in Newfoundland and Labrador schools
  • General outreach activities such as the Geography Challenge

Research Interests

Plant biogeography and curriculum development.

Selected Publications

  • Hendrickson, C., Bell, T., Hermanutz, L. and Butler, K.G. 2004. Disturbance-enabled invasion of Tussilago farfara (L.) in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Management implications. Natural Areas Journal, 25: 263-274.

  • Puestow, T., É.L. Simms, A. Simms and K. Butler 2001. Mapping of Salmon Habitat Parameters Using Airborne Imagery and Digital Ancillary Data. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 67(3): 309-317.

  • Butler, K.G. "The distribution of selected exotic species on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland", in The Natural Environment of Newfoundland and Labrador - Past and Present, edited by A.G. Macpherson and J.B. Macpherson, 1981.