Picture D. Scott Slocombe

Scott Slocombe started university in zoology at the University of Victoria, before switching to ecology and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo (and doing a thesis on the international wildlife trade). He has an M.Sc. from UBC (in regional and environmental planning); and returned to the University of Waterloo for a Ph.D. on complexity, change, and uncertainty in environmental planning. He has been a professor in WLU Geography and Environmental Studies since 1989, where his research and teaching focus on environmental policy, planning, and assessment; systems approaches in environmental planning and management; parks and protected areas (especially transboundary and mountain), and ecosystem-based and integrated approaches. Dr. Slocombe’s geographic areas of strongest interest include northern and western Canada, Alaska, Australia, Russia, and Italy.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Appointed member of IUCN – The World Conservation Union’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA; 1994-) and Commission on Environmental Strategy and Planning (CESP; 1991-97).


  • Clark, D. & D.S. Slocombe. 2011. Grizzly Bear Conservation in the Foothills Model Forest: Appraisal of a Collaborative Ecosystem Management Effort 44(1): 1-11.
  • Slocombe, D.S. 2010. Applying an ecosystem approach pp 409-33 in 4th ed B Mitchell ed Oxford University Press Toronto.
  • Clark, D. A. and D.S. Slocombe. 2009. Respect for Grizzly Bears: an Aboriginal Approach for Co-existence and Resilience 14(1): 42 [online] URL: https://wwwecologyandsocietyorg/vol14/iss1/art42/.
  • Slocombe, D.S., Lyn Hartley & Meagan Noonan. 2009. Environmental assessment and land claims devolution and co-management: evolving opportunities and challenges in Yukon pp 238-56 in Kevin S Hanna ed 2nd ed Oxford University Press Toronto.
  • Slocombe, D.S. and P. Dearden. 2008. Ecosystem-based management and park planning pp 342-70 in PDearden & R Rollins eds 3rd ed Oxford University Press Toronto.
  • Professor, Geography & Environmental Studies
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

  •  Office: Arts 2E10 (Laurier)
  • (519) 884-0710 | Ext. 2781 (Laurier)

  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1990
  • M.Sc., University of British Columbia, 1986
  • B.I.S., University of Waterloo, 1983

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