Cruise Ship Speakers

Earth Sciences, Geology & Geography
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Raymond Arvidson
Planetary Scientist, Geologist & Astronomer
James S McDonnell University Professor
Coming from: Saint Louis,  Missouri  USA
Raymond Arvidson received a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He is presently the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor Washington University in St. Louis, and Director of the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory. He focuses on teaching and research about current and past environments on the Earth, Mars, and Venus. Arvidson has lectured (and engaged passengers in numerous conversations) on planetary geology and astronomy, local and global geology, climate change, oceans, and how study of other planets fits into a better understanding of the Earth.

Richard Bates
Geoscientist & Archaeologist
PhD, CGeol
Coming from: Crail,  Fife  UK
Dr Richard Bates is an applied geophysicist at the University of St Andrews. He began his career in the US contracting to mining, oil, ground water and environmental organisations. Since returning to the UK his interests have expanded to the use of the geosciences to issues that affect people in their everyday lives from climate change studies to marine habitat mapping; archaeology investigations to reconstructing past environments; resource mining to renewable energy. His work takes him to the tropics and the arctic, to the high mountains and across the seas.

Michael Bowman
Geology, World Energy & Geopolitics
Professor of Petroleum Geology, University of Manchester
Coming from: Holmfirth,  West Yorkshire  UK
Mike Bowman retired from BP in March 2011. He has an Honorary Professorial Chair in Geology at the University of Manchester. Until late 2017 he was Chair of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University Qatar. Mike is a geologist by training having completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield. During his 30 years with BP he was involved in a wide range of roles and jobs from specialist geologist to senior manager with postings around the world. Mike presents a series of illustrated talks covering the principles of Geology, route related topics and how geology impacts the world today.

Glynda Easterbrook
BSc., ARSM, MA(Ed)
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Glynda is a geology graduate of Imperial College, London, an Associate of the Royal School of Mines and has an MA in Education. Starting her career as a mineralogist for the British Geological Survey, she then moved to the Science Faculty of the Open University where she taught and had responsibility for a wide range of Earth Science courses and Summer Schools. She has been an academic advisor to the BBC, the co-author of two books and is a Vice-President of the Oxford Geology Group. She is also President of the Huguenot Society and a Trustee of the Huguenot Museum in Rochester, UK.

Jill Eyers
Geology & Archaeology
Volcano Specialist
Coming from: High Wycombe,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Born in London, with an early childhood in Australia, Dr Eyers studied geology and achieved her doctorate with the Department of Earth Sciences, Open University in 1992. Since that time she has lectured for several universities including Reading, Luton and the Open University as well as contributing to the Oxford University summer school programme each year. Her geological career has taken her to many parts of the world including the Caribbean, Brazil and Turkey which she finds particularly exciting. Jill presents an extensive series of talks on Geology and Archaeology.

Iain Kennedy
Geography & Economic History
Coming from: Haslemere,  Surrey  UK
Iain was educated in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire and then read law at Liverpool University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1972 specialising at the outset in advocacy before moving on to corporate work. Travel in the Caribbean and Central America have added dimensions and additional material for his engrossing presentations on the construction of the Panama Canal, Liverpool and the Slave Trade, Pirates of The Caribbean and the cotton and sugar trade. Iain is also passionate about the history and people of Cuba and their long suffering.

Professor Thomas Mazour
Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Wallace,  NC  USA
Professor Mazour was a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. In his 20 years with the IAEA in Vienna, Austria he worked in 36 countries on every continent but Antarctica, and collaborated with colleagues from over 90 different countries. After retirement from the IAEA, he joined the faculty of an online university whose mission is to help those in the workforce to receive suitable credit for their work experience and training, and to then complete courses needed to earn relevant degrees. He teaches online courses in leadership, communication and nuclear engineering.

Dr James Miller
Earth History, Volcanology & Field Geology
Coming from: Shuniah,  Ontario  Canada
Dr. Jim Miller is an emeritus assistant professor of geology at the University of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 from the University of Illinois-Urbana and his PhD in 1986 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Throughout his professional career, Jim has also been extensively involved in public outreach, enthusiastically spreading his knowledge of local and global geology, geological processes, and Earth history. In his retirement, Jim continues to pursue his passion for telling awe-inspiring and entertaining stories about the 4.5 billion year history of Planet Earth.

Richard Ojakangas
Geological Sciences
Coming from: Duluth,  Minnesota  USA
Dick is Professor Emeritus of Geology, having retired in 2002 after 38 years of teaching and research at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He received his BA at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), his MA at the University of Missouri-Columbia, spent a year in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow, and his Ph.D. at Stanford University. His specialty in geology is the study of sedimentary rocks. Dick has published 91 papers, 90 abstracts, 8 books, and has co-authored 12 geological maps, as well as had research projects on all 7 continents, including Antarctica. He has presented dozens of illustrated lectures on several cruise lines for the past 30 years in most parts of the world.

Alan Riles
Geology and Earth Sciences
B.Met, M.EconGeol, Grad.Dip Prof Management
Coming from: San Isidro,  Lima  Peru
Alan combines a life-long passion for travel, mountains and geology with his 40+ years experience as a mining professional to bring a unique perspective on earth sciences and how we better understand and develop the natural resources of which we are stewards. As a geometallurgist with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy and a masters in geology, his work covers the alchemy of how we convert the minerals and metals well-hidden in the rocks to the actual products we use in everyday life. He has mastered Spanish, resuscitated his French and also achieved some understanding of Brazilian Portuguese.

Dr Peter Roberts
Geology, Climatology and Oceanography
Coming from: Macclesfield,  Cheshire  UK
Prof Dr Peter Roberts is a retired professor of Geology. He has a first degree in geology and two higher degrees including his doctorate. Peter has been retained by many major international companies over the past 50 years to create and give professional-level PowerPoint presentations concerning a wide variety of topics. He is very widely travelled and has, over the course of his life, spoken thirteen different languages. Now, for the first time, he is making himself available to talk to cruise liner clientele, who will be amazed at the fascinating anecdotes he can tell them.

Phil Smart
Geologist & Naturalist
Coming from: Mollymook Beach,  NSW  Australia
Phil Smart is a well-qualified Australian geologist with overseas geological experience in Canada, USA, UK, Irish Republic, NZ and Indonesia. His lectures are both entertaining and informative and big screens bring the spectacular images in his naturalist presentations to life. He has no difficulty capturing audiences’ interest with his lively style and natural enthusiasm for his subject. Phil was one of the nominees for “Australian of the Year” 2018 in recognition of his services to the community.

Chris Stringer
Archaeology, Human Evolution & Earth Sciences
Coming from: London,    UK
Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.

Tony Waltham
Geology & Exploration
Volcanoes, Glaciers & Caves
Coming from: Nottingham,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Dr Tony Waltham is a geologist who graduated from Imperial College, London, and studied in the mines of Norway for his PhD. He was then a university lecturer for many years in Nottingham, where he taught mining and civil engineers. Travel to faraway places has always taken all his free time, and the geological interest has taken him all over the world, notably to almost every country in Asia. Tony has made films for television, still manages his Geophotos picture library and is on the Editorial Board of Geology Today.

Christopher West
History & Geography
Competitive Intelligence & Industrial Espionage
Coming from: Chipstead,  Surrey  UK
After graduating from the London School of Economics Chris had a career that spanned the oil industry, economic analysis market research and competitive intelligence. He founded and ran what became one of the largest providers of competitive intelligence in Europe. He has written and lectured extensively on marketing and competitive intelligence. As a consequence of his competitive intelligence activities, Chris became interested in industrial and commercial espionage, which is neither legal nor ethical. His talks deal with some fascinating international cases of espionage and theft.