Cruise Ship Speakers

Ecology & Conservation
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Elizabeth Adlam
Biologist, Ecologist & Anthropologist
BSc. MSc.
Coming from: Malvern,  Worcestershire  UK
Elizabeth took her degrees at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth. After teaching for many years at secondary level she entered the Higher Education Sector, training students in the skills needed to teach secondary sciences. Having completed more than 40 cruises, she is experienced in selecting topics ranging from wildlife, cultures and destinations that reflect the cruise itinerary, hoping to enhance the visits which the passengers may make ashore.

Chris Bielby
Wildlife & Natural History
QGM, MA
Coming from: Yarm,  Cleveland  UK
Chris has had a lifelong interest in Natural History. Since retiring from teaching after 32 years, he has sailed on adventure cruise ships as part of the Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) survey teams, giving presentations to passengers about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises as well as Birds, Ecological issues, Butterflies & Wild Flowers. Chris tries to spend as much time on the outer decks with passengers, spotting all the wildlife.

Keith Buchanan
Wildlife & The Environmental
BA, MSc
Coming from: Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Keith is an environmental consultant working on biodiversity and landscape issues. He started his career as a zoologist, managing nature reserves, and later worked in the UK agriculture ministry. Keith has led wildlife watching trips in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, The Canaries and Iceland. He has participated in biological expeditions in Madagascar, Indonesia, Central and South America. He has lectured on cruise ships about the wildlife and environmental issues in Scandinavia, The Mediterranean, South East Asia, Australia and South America.

Clive Catchpole
Wildlife
Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of London
Coming from: Wells-next-the-Sea,  Norfolk  UK
Clive is a professional zoologist with an international reputation for his research on wildlife biology in many parts of the world. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of London. Clive has lectured all over the world and broadcast on many aspects of animal life for over 30 years. As an enrichment lecturer, he is able to bring to life the amazing world of animal behaviour in lavishly illustrated and lively presentations. His talks can be tailored to particular parts of the world where passengers look forward to seeing the local wildlife on excursions.

Jeffrey Clarke
Naturalist and Nature Photographer
Professional Ecologist, Wildlife Tour Leader and Professional Speaker
Coming from: Warrington,  Cheshire  UK
Jeff has a passion for the natural world and he loves sharing that enthusiasm with as many people as possible. As an environmental educator with 26 years of experience Jeff can bring innovation, inspiration and fun to his talks. As an experienced ecologist, with expertise across a wide range of taxon groups, Jeff is a popular speaker on a wide range of subjects related to the natural environment and wildlife. All his talks are liberally sprinkled with humour and anecdotes that guarantees a memorable experience for the audience.

Dr. Kevin Elsby
Ornithology, Wildlife & Natural History
Wildlife Photography and Tour Guide. FRPS. University lecturer
Coming from: Colby,  Norfolk  UK
Kevin is a full time General Medical Practitioner, but uses his spare time to travel and see wildlife. Over the years, he has travelled extensively and has a particular interest in the Wildlife and Environment of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and tropical rainforests. Kevin also has a Master's degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and lectures on wildlife to a wide variety of organisations.

Jack Hardy
Marine Biologist, Ocean Explorer & Maritime Historian
PhD
Coming from: Portland,  Oregon  USA
Jack is Professor Emeritus of Western Washington University and former Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. His many research projects have examined marine life from polar seas to tropical coral reefs. He is author of several books and over one hundred other publications dealing with coral reefs, marine pollution, and climate change. Since 2004 Jack has lectured on 55 different topics on more than 50 cruises. As a diver and underwater photographer, his richly-illustrated special interest lectures draw on first-hand encounters with the underwater world. Other lectures focus on the history and culture of many popular cruise ship destinations.

Peter Holden MBE
Ornithology & Wildlife
Extra-mural Lecturer for Cambridge University
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Peter has been passionately interested in birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember! He has the distinction of having been the longest serving staff member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), having worked there for over 40 years. Peter is also a keen natural history photographer and enjoys the challenge of getting wildlife shots during cruises to incorporate into onboard lecturers to help passengers understand and enjoy the local environment.

Peter Mawby
Ornithologist & Research Ecologist
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
As an ornithologist and research ecologist with a particular interest in the North Atlantic, Peter has travelled widely and is a regular cruise lecturer. His talks, which will be entertaining as well as informative, introduce the audience to the wildlife and ecology of the areas to be visited. When not lecturing, Peter is always happy to accompany tours or provide an on-board commentary.

Robin Petch
Naturalist & Cetaceans Expert
Whales, Dolphins & Marine Conservation
Coming from: North Ferriby,  East Yorkshire  UK
Robin has been involved with the study and conservation of whales, dolphins and the marine environment for nearly 25 years. He now shares his wide knowledge and experience with cruise ship passengers in lively and informative lectures with stunning photographs and video. His experience as an educator enables him to adapt his talks to suit audiences of all types and age ranges. On some cruises, Robin's interest in Seals and Seabirds, Pirates and Privateers and Nautical Sayings and Superstitions adds an extra dimension to his talks.

Pete Raine
Nature & Conservation
MSc
Coming from: Nr Ashford,  Kent  UK
Pete is a lifelong naturalist, and an experienced lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He holds an MSc in wildlife conservation from University College London. After an early career as a chartered accountant, Pete’s work has always revolved around the environment. He has given numerous slide lectures in the UK, lecture tours of Australia, Germany and Holland and over 150 wildlife radio programmes on Radio Kent. He enjoys sharing his experience and passion about birds, plants, insects, and about the history of the planet and the forces that have made our wildlife what it is.

Dr Param Sandhu
Tiger and Nature Photography
TD, MBBS, MD, MRCPI
Coming from: Ponteland,  Newcastle upon Tyne  UK
Param is a nature photographer with a special interest and passion for photographing tigers in the wild. Param, a trained medical doctor, has travelled extensively; including as far afield as the Galapagos Islands and Fiji. He has trekked to Everest Base Camp and up Kilimanjaro and he has documented the beauty of Ladakh in the Himalayas through his lens. An experienced and confident public speaker, Param's talks have been well-received and he is currently in demand to speak at various events in the UK and as a guest speaker on cruise ships.

Andrew Schofield
Ecologist & Wildlife Tour Guide
Ecologist/ Specialist Wildlife Guide.
Coming from: Plumstead,  Cape Town 7800  South Africa
Andrew Schofield is an ecologist who has a profound knowledge of the wildlife and plant kingdoms of Southern Africa. He has worked as a conservationist in many Southern African countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. His specialities are lion, elephant and birds of prey, but he has a detailed knowledge of the vegetation types of Southern Africa. Since retiring as an ecologist, he does tours to the wildlife havens of Africa and some of them are in the footsteps of the explorers. Andrew has also given talks on many cruises on the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

Sandie Sowler
Ecology & Conservation
Naturalist
Coming from: Cirencester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Sandie trained as a zoologist with a specialist interest in bat biology. Sandie obtained her first degree in Zoology and later took her doctorate after undertaking seven years research in fruit bat ecology and physiology in South Africa. She has ten years’ experience as a secondary school teacher and has almost 30 years’ experience as an ecology consultant. Sandie currently works as a trainer of ecological consultants. She enjoys delivering natural history themed cruise lectures.

Geoff & Cherrie Whittle
Asian Wildlife & Tiger Conservation
B.A.(Hons)
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Geoff was originally a London Ad man. After marrying Cherrie in 1977 they travelled extensively around the world before returning to England to establish their own Ad Agency. In their early forties they gave everything up, sold all they owned, and moved (with their two boys) to India to establish a tiger conservation project in the heart of the Indian jungles. Geoff lectures on Tiger conservation & wildlife photography.