In this interview, Prof. Slaymaker reflects on the importance of three themes that have guided his relationship to geography and landscapes: family, intellectual community (academia), and faith and science. The interview offers insight into:
- ways in which his early experience of war-time family life, frequent travel between contrasted landscapes, and issues of science and faith shaped his interests in geography and landscapes
- the proliferation of the ‘Columbia school’ of geomorphology and the Quantitative Revolution into the UK.
- the development of academic interest in and public consciousness around environmental change in British Columbia
- the naïve realism underpinning much physical geography ontology, and Dr. Slaymaker’s perspective that faith can play a role in creating emotional and intellectual space for critical realism
- the common and uncommon ground between human and physical geographers, and the opportunity for reconciliation