Cruise Ship Speakers

Wildlife & Nature
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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.

Gloria Barnett
Scientist, Author & Film-maker
Oceans and Marine Life
Coming from: Temple Ewell, Dover,  Kent  UK
A popular subject for audiences whilst cruising the oceans, Gloria specialises in making science accessible for all. Gloria’s love of the sea is not just theoretical as she shares her practical knowledge of sailing, scuba diving and underwater adventures as a marine videographer. Her Marine Life talks include incredible original film clips. Gloria enjoys sharing her passion for science and the sea and presents fascinating and exciting talks with enthusiasm and fun. Feedback is always positive.

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.

David Boag
Wildlife Photographer, Author & Lecturer
Coming from: Blandford,  Dorset  UK
David is a wildlife photographer and the author/photographer of 18 published books. For several consecutive years his work became the subject of the television programme ‘Out of Town’ and he has since been involved with both television and radio, either in an advisory capacity or as a knowledgeable guest and presenter. David lectures regularly throughout the country to a wide variety of natural history, photographic and general interest audiences. He is highly regarded as a lively, entertaining and enthusiastic speaker.

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.

Ian Bullock
Marine Wildlife Expert
Zoologist
Coming from: St. Davids,  Pembrokeshire  UK
Ian, who lives on the south-western seaboard of Wales, trained as a zoologist and since 1978 has specialised in seabird surveys, conservation of endangered species and habitat management on remote island nature reserves. For 25 years he worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as both research biologist and nature reserve warden, establishing new reserves for conservation and managing offshore islands. Since 1990 he has also worked as guide and lecturer on cruise ships sharing his love of the sea, wildlife and wilderness.

Neil Caithness
African Wildlife
PhD, Zoology
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Neil was born and educated in South Africa. He left in 1994 for the American Museum of Natural History in New York where he worked on the biogeography of African birds. Neil is now a senior zoology researcher at Oxford University. He is also an experienced yachtsman and wildlife guide and has been on field trips to many of the great game reserves of South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

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.

David Chilcott
Naturalist
Coming from: Hayle,  Cornwall  UK
David has been a keen naturalist all his life but in his earlier years he dedicated his research to wildlife found in the United Kingdom, focussing on bird surveys. He has travelled widely around the world, spotting and photographing some amazing wildlife. David maintains that cruise ships are great platforms for watching marine life, with a huge variety of species providing enormous enjoyment to passengers. Recently he has created a website showing the incredible depth of wildlife that can be seen whilst cruising.

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.

Jim Clement
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Baltic, Mediterranean. Asia, Caribbean,Latin America, Panama, Norway,
Coming from: Largo,  Florida  USA
Jim is a retired USA Diplomat who lived in 13 countries and has given Destination/Maritime History Lectures on more than 100 cruises in Europe, Asia, S. America. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (BSc) and University of Chicago (MBA). He was a US Navy Submarine Officer, VP International for Fortune 500 companies. He was a University Professor for History, Geography, Logistics, and International Marketing. Having lived and worked in Panama and transited the Panama Canal 24 times and Suez Canal 4 times, Jim can give the ship's bridge commentary about the history of the Canals. He speaks Spanish.

Andrew Cooper
Natural History Television Producer
BSc. Biology
Coming from: Newton Abbott,  Devon  UK
Andrew is a broadcaster, presenter, author and award winning wildlife film maker. A graduate biologist and anthropologist from the University of London, for many years he was a familiar face on BBC TV through his documentaries and live reports. His career as a TV producer with the BBC Natural History Unit took him worldwide, employing some of the biggest names in the business. A popular lecturer and an engaging, highly rated cruise enrichment speaker, his entertaining, richly illustrated talks are highly informative and tailored to the locations being visited with anecdotes and amusing stories.

Peter Gordon Drake
Exploration & Expeditions
Africa, Middle East and Med. Expert also USA
Coming from: Holmfirth,  West Yorkshire  UK
Peter was born in England but spent part of his school years in Southern Africa returning to Yorkshire to study Industrial Management at University. He has led or been a member of 48 expeditions visiting 72 countries in five continents. He has driven overland from the UK to Nepal to climb in the Himalayas, has twice crossed the Sahara to the River Niger and has followed the Nile route south to East Africa. He gives talks on the history, wildlife and people of Africa and the Middle East.

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.

Stephen Head
Garden Wildlife & Natural History
MA PhD
Coming from: Cholsey,  Oxfordshire  UK
Stephen Head’s Cambridge PhD was on Red Sea coral reefs. He then taught zoology, marine science and ecology at Oxford University, and universities in Jamaica, and Oman, revelling in the natural history of different continents. Returning to the UK to lead conservation charities, Steve now runs the National Wildlife Gardening Forum, and lectures and writes for the RHS. He has appeared with Monty Don, Carol Klein, Bill Bailey and Sarah Raven on TV garden shows and his talks are full of passion and humour. Steve led a group that won Gold and “Best in Show” in 2010 for a Chelsea Show Garden.

John Hobson
Ornithology & Cetaceans
M.Sc.(Eng.), DIC
Coming from: Storrington,  West Sussex  UK
John is an ornithologist who has been birding for over 40 years, is a member of a number of national and local Ornithological Societies, and was the Recorder for birds for the county of Sussex, 2000 - 2004. He has travelled widely in pursuit of his wildlife interests. His main Wildlife interests are Birds and Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises).

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.

George Losey
Zoology & Marine Biology
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand
Coming from: Kaneohe,  Hawaii  USA
Professor George Losey received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the E. Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a European discipline comprising study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions. Dr. Losey started cruise ship lecturing in 1996 on the QE 2 and has since lectured on various ships with topics in oceanography and climate change, coral reefs, marine biology, Hawaiian natural history, Hawaiian legends and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior. George is always happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.

Stephen Lovell
Gardening Expert & Natural Historian
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
A change in career some 25 years ago saw Steve qualify in Amenity Horticulture. Since that time he has had his own business creating and managing gardens which are both practical and sustainable with the emphasis to create gardens which encourage wildlife. 20 plus years ago Steve started giving talks to local groups, since that time his list of lectures has expanded and he is now travelling throughout Britain talking to a wide range of groups on Horticulture, Travel and his passion for Natural History. With over 50 talks now on his list he delivers his presentations using his own images with enthusiasm, humour and knowledge.

Roger Luckenbach
Planet Earth, Marine Biology & Anthropology
Ph.D.
Coming from: Carmel Valley,  CA  USA
Roger Luckenbach holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and combines a unique background of academics, research, exploration , adventure travel, film production and writing. As a distinguished, if peripatetic professor he won recognition for teaching and research excellence. He served as a research scientist /curator for the Smithsonian, as well as several museums and aquaria. For over 50 years, Roger has organized, and taught both over-seas study programs including tropical biology courses in Central & South America and a number of SCUBA-based coral reef ecology programs in the Caribbean, Central America, and the South Pacific.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist, Documentary Filmmaker & Lecturer
M.S. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

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.

Jacquelyn Miller
Destination Speaker & Naturalist
Retired Senior Center Director
Coming from: Santa Rosa,  California  USA
Jacqua Miller is a former Senior Center and Recreation Center Director. She is a veteran cruiser, having organized and led many large groups on cruise. She is widely traveled and has researched and explored the cultures, people, wildlife and geography of many parts of the world and has been a Destination Speaker for Cruises since 2002. Her priorities for presentations are to be prepared and engaging and to insure that her talks are both enjoyable and educational.

David Parkin
Ornithologist & Natural Historian
Emeritus Professor - University of Nottingham
Coming from: Trowell,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Raised on Tyneside, David started birding at school. The local Natural History Society motivated him to study Zoology and led to a successful university career, culminating as Nottingham's Professor of Avian Genetics. For 40 years David has enjoyed lecturing on birds and wildlife to a variety of organisations. On retiring he developed lectures for cruise audiences, tailoring these to the ship’s itinerary and including a mix of illustrative talks and others on the science behind bird biology and conservation. Escorting ashore or out on deck, he is always keen to share his enthusiasm for birds.

James Parry
Heritage, Art & the Environment
Coming from: tba,  Norfolk  UK
James lectures on a variety of subjects. For over fifteen years he has been a regular speaker on cruise ships, where he specialises in architecture, history and natural heritage. Recent cruises have seen James in the West Indies, South America and the Mediterranean, and in May 2018 he will be lecturing on Viking Sea from Bergen to Stockholm via Copenhagen, Gdansk, Tallinn and St Petersburg, during which his talks will focus on wildlife and conservation.

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.

Philip Price
Marine Biology
Bsc Zoology
Coming from: Colyton,  Devon  UK
Philip graduated from University College Cardiff in 1984 with a degree in zoology. After a successful career as a city head-hunter he now many years later finds himself drawn back to his first love, that of the natural world. He has travelled extensively and taken part in many arduous expeditions in the Sahara Desert and the Arctic, and climbed some of the worlds most remote mountains. Philip lectures on Sharks ancient and modern, whales and dolphins, deadly sea animals, killer whales and their prime apex hunter status and immediate threats to the marine ecosystem.

Bernard Purrier
Marine Wildlife Expert
Coming from: Bradford on Avon,  Wiltshire  UK
Bernard qualified in Medical Microbiology and worked in the NHS before joining the Pharmaceutical Industry. He has always been interested in Wildlife - Cetaceans (whales & dolphins) in particular. He became a speaker for the Whale & Dolphin Conservation Worldwide charity in 2006, and since has become well known to wildlife groups all over the South of England and is increasingly invited to groups and schools to launch or take part in marine conservation projects.

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.

Martin Saunders
Wildlife Cameraman
Coming from: Bristol,  Bristol  UK
Martin always had an interest in Film Making, and in 1968 started working in the Film Unit in Bristol where the BBC Natural History Unit was based. He filmed many types of programmes ranging from Drama and Light Entertainment to Documentary and Natural History. In 1976 he became a principal cameraman on the first major David Attenborough series, 'Life On Earth' and then went on to film many more in the wildlife series. Since 1992 Martin has worked as a freelance Film Cameraman and won a BAFTA award for photography for the Wildlife Special on Polar Bears.

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.

Sue Scott
Marine Biologist and Natural History Photographer
B.Sc.
Coming from: Lochcarron,  Ross-Shire  UK
Sue is a marine biologist and underwater photographer, with a particular interest in life in cold waters around Scotland and the North Atlantic. She has contributed to "Dive", "BBC Wildlife" and "British Wildlife" magazines, and a number of books including the Dorling Kindersley volume "Oceans". At sea, she is also particularly interested in cetaceans (whales and dolphins) and seabirds, and spends time on deck with passengers helping them spot and identify the wildlife.

Michael Scott OBE
Natural History Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Lochcarron,  Ross-Shire  UK
Michael is a natural history writer, consultant, and broadcaster, based in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. He is a botanist by training, but with a general interest in all natural history. Since 2005, Michael has been happily jumping onto cruise ships, anywhere from Greenland to Antarctica and usually gives his wildlife talks with his wife, Sue, a marine biologist. Both regard 'deck time', helping passengers spot and identify seabirds, whales and dolphins as an important part of their role on the cruise ship.

Edwin Sobey
The Ocean, Polar Zones & Coral Reefs
Coming from: Redmond,  Washington  USA
Ed is an explorer, author, and former museum director. Holding a Ph.D. in oceanography, he has participated in two dozen research expeditions from the poles to the tropics. On his expeditions and travels Ed has taught or conducted research on all seven continents and three oceans, and visited 110 countries. Along the way he spent a winter in Antarctica, crossed the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat, studied whales from ocean kayaks, and explored natural wonders at every opportunity. Global encounters with whales, sea lions, sharks, and underwater treasure hunters have given Ed experiences that spark enthusiastic interest in his audiences.

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.

George Sranko
Nature, Wildlife & Human interest
BSc Biology (UBC), MA (Hons) Env Governance (Griffith)
Coming from: Victoria,  British Columbia  Canada
George is known for his dynamic and entertaining presentation style. He has a BSc in biology from UBC in Vancouver and an MA in ecological governance from Griffith University, Queensland Australia. He was born in Australia and has dual Canadian / Australian citizenship. He has been featured as an enrichment and destination lecturer on cruise ships throughout the world. Close encounters with snorting grizzly bears, erupting volcanoes, drooling Komodo dragons, and trumpeting elephants have all added spice to George's presentations.

Neville John Turner
Veterinary Surgeon & Photographer
BVM&S, MRCVS
Coming from: Barnard Castle,  County Durham  UK
Neville graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree in 1968. He spent over 30 years in mixed, (mainly farm animal) practice. Carrying a camera at all times resulted in a library of 40,000 transparencies covering all aspects of veterinary life, dales heritage, wildlife, domestic animals, farming and landscape. Neville has been delivering his illustrated lectures on ships since 1996, and his presentations are based on his working life in Teesdale. His subject matter includes natural history, and the culture, traditions, and geography of life in the High Pennines.

Sue Walsh
Naturalist & Ornithologist
Personal Development
Coming from: Hove,  East Sussex  UK
Sue has travelled widely from the poles to the equator. Her main interest is in finding and watching the birds but she has an interest in all aspects of the natural world. She now has over 3000 bird species on her life list and that list continues to grow. Watching the birds has taken her off the beaten track to some extraordinary places. She is also a Bird Ringer which she is finding to be a challenging and exciting new venture and which allows her to travel and ring birds all over the world.

Malcolm Welshman
Veterinarian, Writer, Broadcaster & Lecturer
Coming from: Near Crewkerne,  Somerset  UK
Malcolm is a retired vet, freelance journalist and author. He has written three pet novels, the ebook version of the first reaching number two on Kindle’s bestseller list. He has contributed many animal-orientated features for national magazines and is a feature writer for the Daily Mail. He currently partakes in a weekly talk show for a local radio station and is a regular panellist on Radio Somerset. He is in demand for his witty take on life as a vet and as an onboard raconteur has completed 36 cruise speaking engagements.

James Weston
Natural Historian
Coming from: Bognor Regis,  West Sussex  UK
Jim was born and bred in West Sussex. He has had a chequered career which has included being a greengrocer, a hospital porter, a theatrical agent, a social worker and a gardener. His major career time was spent as a social worker where he specialised in child protection and training. Jim’s interests, other than sport, have involved local natural history. He is a keen bird watcher with many years experience and has traveled world wide pursuing this hobby. Jim is a frequent speaker at local organisation and groups usually presenting subjects linked to natural history.

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.

Nick Williams
Wildlife Photography & Travel
www.nickwilliams.eu
Coming from: Rippingale.,  Lincolnshire  UK
Nick had a long career as a teacher, eventually becoming a head teacher. Since he retired in 1989, he has travelled the world taking photographs of wildlife, people and places, making a living giving presentations. His shows are highly informative as well as being entertaining, with lots of anecdotes, stories and atmospheric music- a formula that has led to him being re-booked year after year.