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EXPERTISE
Earth Sciences, Geology & Geography
Science - General
Wildlife & Nature
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BIOGRAPHY
Phil Creaser was born in England but has lived in Australia since 1965. He lives with his partner Genevieve in Canberra and is happily retired after more than thirty years in the Australian Public Service.

Phil has Honours and Masters degrees in Geology and Palaeontology from ANU in Canberra. Currently he is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of NSW in Sydney working with colleagues on fossil sites in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

He worked on many environmental and heritage issues in his Public Service career which included World Heritage policy, the preservation of Old Parliament House in Canberra and a secondment to the Australian Museum in Sydney.

He is an advocate for the recognition and conservation of geological heritage worldwide and was largely responsible for the World Heritage listing of the Riversleigh fossil site. He is a promoter for a Natural History Museum for Canberra to showcase Australia’s unique animals and plants.

He has also studied the evolution of plants and animals on Pacific islands and the human migrations around the Pacific Rim and across the Pacific Ocean.

Phil’s other interests include Bridge, Trivia contests, Jigsaw puzzles, Orienteering and Rogaining.


PRESENTATIONS
DESTINATION RELATED TALKS ON SCIENCE AND HERITAGE
A series of interconnected talks covering a range of science subjects (geology and the earth sciences and palaeontology), natural history and World Heritage sites of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. In addition there are a number of more general presentations on these subjects.

SCIENCE: GEOLOGY AND THE EARTH SCIENCES

TIME TRAVELLING THROUGH AUSTRALIA’S GEOLOGICAL PAST:
Australia is the oldest continent on Earth. The geology of Australia reveals there were times when it was green and lush and many other times when it was covered by glaciers.

AUSSIE DIGGERS: FROM OCHRE TO GOLD
Mining has played a significant role in the history and development of Australia and will continue to do so into the future.

GEOLOGY OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN – FROM AITUTAKI TO ZEALANDIA
The Pacific Ocean is relatively young in geological terms. Around the Pacific Rim, the ‘Ring of Fire’ is famous for the earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis while the islands of the Pacific reflect a range of different origins.

NEW ZEALAND GEOLOGY – A CHUP OFF THE OLD GONDWANA BLOCK
Like the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a relatively young country. Part of the ‘lost continent’ of Zealandia, the country known as ‘The Shaky Isles’ faces many geological hazards.

SCIENCE: PALAEONTOLOGY AND EVOLUTION

WHAT A PALAEONTOLOGIST DOES WHEN HE ISN’T CRUISING
Phil Creaser talks about his involvement in a range of fossil projects including discovering, owning, collecting, preparing, studying, displaying, valuing, selling, exporting and even stealing fossils.

RIVERSLEIGH’S WORLD HERITAGE FOSSILS: MESSAGES FROM THE PAST – LESSONS FOR THE FUTURE
Phil Creaser talks about his work over 30 years at the Riversleigh World Heritage fossil site in Queensland and how the site provides important information to help conserve modern day Australian animals.

AUSTRALIA’S MAGNIFICENT MARSUPIALS– DEAD AND ALIVE
Australia has many unique marsupials many of which are not well known. These include the living Marsupial Mole, the now extinct Marsupial Lion and an animal which was first found as a fossil before the living species was discovered.

ANIMALS THAT NOW CALL AUSTRALIA HOME
Australia has a range of different mammals, but all arrived in Australia at different times. Palaeontologists are discovering when these different groups arrived focusing on the origin of the marsupials and how they got to Australia from overseas.

NATURAL HISTORY AND HISTORY

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
A lighthearted overview of some wild, weird and wonderful Australian animals.

AMBER – TEARS OF THE GODS
Phil Creaser presents a general talk about amber and his involvement in the discovery of Australia’s first major amber deposit on crocodile infested beaches on Cape York. Recent discoveries in Myanmar (Burma) and New Zealand are also referred to.

NEW ZEALAND

NEW ZEALAND: TOPNOTCH TUATARAS, WEIRD AND WACKY WETAS AND BIZARRE BIRDS
New Zealand’s unique plants and animals have evolved in apparent isolation from the rest of the world. Where did they come from and how did flightless birds get there?

THE PACIFIC

WATER, WINGS AND WIND: CARRYING ANIMALS AND PLANTS ACROSS PACIFIC ISLANDS
Various theories have been proposed to explain the origins and evolution of the plants and animals of the Pacific Ocean islands, such as Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands, many of which are several thousand miles away from continental mainlands.

EASTER ISLAND: WAS IT ECOCIDE?
A popular theory is that the Polynesians on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) committed ‘ecocide’ (Ecological self-destruction) but recent evidence suggests that this was not the case and that there were several other reasons for the population’s decline.

NEW CALEDONIA: A UNIQUE PACIFIC GROUP OF ISLANDS
The French overseas territory of New Caledonia consists of several islands which are nearly all different in terms of their geology and natural history. These islands also have a very interesting history before and after the French arrived.

PEOPLES IN THE PACIFIC: PYGMIES, POLYNESIANS AND PREACHERS
The history of the Pacific in terms of the waves of people who have explored, settled and colonised the Pacific Rim and the islands in the Pacific Ocean.

HERITAGE

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, THE PACIFIC, SOUTH EAST ASIA AND GEOLOGICAL WORLD HERITAGE SITES

AUSTRALIAN WORLD HERITAGE SITES PART 1 - PURNULULU, NINGALOO AND THE FANGAROO
A guide to Australian World Heritage sites with natural heritage values with a particular emphasis on some of the lesser known sites.

AUSTRALIAN WORLD HERITAGE SITES PART 2 - KAKADU, ULURU AND COCKATOO (ISLAND)
A guide to Australian World Heritage sites with Aboriginal and European cultural heritage values, some of which also have significant natural heritage values.

AUSTRALIAN WORLD HERITAGE WANNABES FROM SNOTTYGOBBLES TO SNOWBALL EARTH
Phil Creaser presents his personal list of possible Australian World Heritage sites in Australia with an analysis of places such as Cape York, the Victorian goldfields, Canberra and some fossil sites.

WORLD HERITAGE IN NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand has a broad range of natural and cultural sites with World Heritage values. There are 3 sites already on the World Heritage List and several others which may be included on the List at a later date.

WORLD HERITAGE IN THE PACIFIC
A description of a broad range of natural and cultural sites on the World Heritage List from island countries in the Pacific and countries with sites around the Pacific Rim.

WORLD HERITAGE IN THE SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH EAST ASIA – FROM KOMODO TO KUK AND KOKODA
A guide to the broad range of natural and cultural sites on the World Heritage List from countries as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

WORLD HERITAGE GEOLOGICAL SITES: ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD
Phil Creaser presents a personal analysis and description of the range of World Heritage geological sites, many of which are well known tourist attractions and are visited by cruise ships all around the world.

GENERAL TALKS ON SCIENCE AND HERITAGE

GEOLOGY IS A REAL SCIENCE: DON’T BELIEVE SHELDON AND THE BIG BANG THEORY PROGRAM
An examination of the role earth scientists play in our future from climate change to volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami predictions which are all highly relevant to the nations of the Pacific Ocean and South East Asia.

GEOSITES, GEOHERITAGE AND GEOTOURISM…WHAT ARE THEY???
Many Earth Scientists try to preserve sites with geological heritage values both for scientific research and for tourists to enjoy and appreciate. There are many such sites around the Pacific Rim and on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

THE HISTORY OF LIFE ON EARTH IN 45 MINUTES
The world’s great fossil sites tell the story of life on earth as well as the extinction events that have shaped evolution.

OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS PART 1
The first animals with backbones (Vertebrae) appeared about 550 MY ago. They evolved and humans (Homo sapiens) are just one of many many vertebrates found in the seas, on the land and in the air of Earth today.

OUR EARLIEST ANCESTORS PART 2
Recent discoveries across the world are changing our knowledge about how we humans got to where we are today and how we have evolved.

IN PREPARATION
GEOLOGY AND THE EARTH SCIENCES: THE ROCKS, MINERALS AND METALS THAT HAVE SHAPED OUR WORLD – 2 TALKS
PALAEONTOLOGY AND EVOLUTION: THE RANGE OF ANIMALS FROM THE RIVERSLEIGH WORLD HERITAGE FOSSIL SITE
PALAEONTOLGY AND EVOLUTION: BEFORE AND AFTER THE CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION: 150 MY THAT SHAPED LIFE ON EARTH TODAY
NATURAL HISTORY: THE GOOD AND THE BAD– INVASIVE PESTS INTRODUCED TO AUSTRALIA
NATURAL HISTORY: REWILDING AND DE-EXTINCTION – REINTRODUCING ANIMALS TO THEIR ORIGINAL HABITAT AND BRINGING OTHER ANIMALS BACK FROM THE DEAD
GENERAL: CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FALL OF CIVILISATIONS
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
ON CRUISE SHIPS

Up To November 2018, I have had eight assignments lecturing on Cruise Ships.

On HAL cruise ships I have spoken on:
• Volendam from Sydney to Singapore in November 2015 (8 lectures in 15 days)
• Maasdam circumnavigation of Australia October 2016 (13 lectures in 28 days)
• Maasdam circumnavigation of Australia again in October 2017 (14 lectures in 32 days)
• Noordam from Sydney to Vancouver in April 2018 (12 lectures in 25 days)
• Noordam from Vancouver to Sydney in October 2018 (14 lectures in 25 days)
• Amsterdam from Callao/Lima to Auckland in February 2019 as part of a Grand World Voyage (15 lectures in 25 days)

I have also lectured on Regent Seven Seas ships
• Voyager from Sydney to Singapore in February 2017 (8 lectures in 14 days)
• Navigator from Sydney to Auckland and then onto Bali in March 2018 (15 lectures in 32 days).

In addition I have just been offered an assignment on Viking Orion OR 200221 in February/March 2020 from Sydney to Auckland – 4 talks in 14 days.
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RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Celebrity Solstice SL200104 South Pacific Cruise 10 Sydney Saturday, January 4, 2020