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EXPERTISE
Astronomy & Space Science
Travel & Destinations
Wildlife & Nature
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BIOGRAPHY
Ann Carroll Burgess, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer, photographer, and lecturer who has had a varied and distinguished career in several disciplines.

After graduation, she was hired by the Museum of Science in Boston as a planetarium lecturer, the youngest and only the second woman to hold that position at that time. Still, a keen amateur astronomer Ann had observed six total solar eclipses from cruise ships, most as a featured presenter for those events.

Marriage and multiple transcontinental moves with her chemical engineer husband, Tom, allowed her to turn her skills to writing, first travel and later film review which earned her two "General Excellence in Criticism" awards from the Florida Press Club for her newspaper columns.

An active amateur photographer she has won several awards, including a "Best in Show" for her photos of birds and whales at various competitions in Canada.

Fifteen years ago Ann took up the challenge of lecturing at sea, sharing her passion for nature and astronomy as an enrichment lecturer. She continues to write and her Deck Chair Naturalist website is devoted to how you can to best observe nature from a ship.

When at home on Vancouver Island, Canada, she keeps busy with her 2 house rabbits, attending local Toastmaster meetings and studying Medieval history online and generating new programs to present at sea.

Click here to visit Ann's website >> http://deckchairnaturalist.com

PRESENTATIONS
NATURALIST TOPICS

SECRETS OF THE DEEP
12 Men have walked on the surface of the moon, to date, only 3 have been to the deepest reach of our oceans. Discover the varying forms of life at descending depths and how they have adjusted to the cold, the dark and intense pressure.

ANCIENT MARINERS
Sharks, sea turtles, rays, and cephalopods have survived millions of years on earth, are now facing their greatest challenge …humans. Can we save these species from extinction?

OTTERS, ORCAS AND HUMPBACK WHALES
Alaska's waterways are filled with playful otters, voracious orcas and migrating humpback whales, to name a few. Learn how to spot these animals and understand their various behaviors at sea.

MARINE MAMMALS OF THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN
Bottlenose and Risso's dolphins, fin and humpback whales, orcas, and seals all make their home in the Eastern Mediterranean.

THE NATURE OF THE DESERT
So much more than sand and camels, the desert was once the domain of elephants, lions, and even bears. Today the dominant species are Oryx, gazelles, hares, and boars.

CURIOSITIES OF NATURE
Nature is filled with curiosities, from jellyfish that clap like castanets to lobsters that walk the ocean floor in a conga line. Nature is not always what you would expect.

HOW NATURALISTS HAVE CHANGED OUR THINKING
Darwin, Humboldt, Banks, Carson, and Flannery have changed our perceptions of our world for centuries. Discover the lives and work of these influential scholars.

NATURE'S SPECIAL EFFECTS
From the green flash at sunset to red pillars t dawn, natures create and fascinates us with an ever-changing array of visual effects, all done with water, dust, and light.

BETWEEN THE WINGTIPS
From beak to tail feathers, birds are marvels at adaptation. Learn how every part of the bird is designed to help the bird succeed.

ASTRONOMY TOPICS

EARS TO THE SKY
Radio astronomers are not trying to determine if ET is phoning home. Over the years radio telescope discoveries have included radio galaxies, pulsars, and quasars because they can “see” things that are not detectable by optical devices. It was radio astronomy that discovered cosmic microwave background radiation. The future may reveal even greater discoveries.

THE NEW ASTRONOMY
The Kuiper Belt, Oort Clouds, and the Heliopause have added new dimensions and depth to our understanding of the universe and given us new areas to explore, learn more about these “new” features of outer space.

THE SUN, THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF SPACE?
The sun is so familiar to us, that we fail to appreciate how even subtle changes within its mass can affect our lives, from solar storms capable of interfering with communications to a drop in energy that can trigger an ice age. Discover why we are beginning to carefully monitor this everyday object in the heavens.

GALAXIES, NEBULAE, AND CLUSTERS
Space is vast, but not empty, it is populated with masses of stars that in various stages of their life can produce, nebulae, clusters, superclusters and even clusters of galaxies. Where does our Milky Way feature in this realm?
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
I have been an enrichment speaker for 15 years, with assignments on all seven continents for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Sea Dream Yachts. I am an award-winning speaker, author, and photographer with a passion for nature. My career began with the Museum of Science in Boston, USA. My website is: deckchairnaturalist.com
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Orion OR190526 Alaska & the Inside Passage 10 Vancouver Sunday, May 26, 2019