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.

William Crowley
Geography, History & Wine
Coming from: Santa Rosa,  California  USA
Dr William Crowley obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, spending his teaching and research career at Sonoma State University. He is now Professor Emeritus, having retired in 2007. William taught classes in Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Latin America, Field Experience in Baja California, Wine Geography, and History of Geographic Thought. William has spent time in all the countries of Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. Since retirement he has been both a destination speaker and special interest speaker for several cruise lines.

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.

Dr James Howard
Destination & Special Interest Speaker
Coming from: Owensboro,  Kentucky  USA
Dr. Howard was Associate Professor of Geology at Ohio University from 1966 until 1972. In 1972 he left full-time teaching and became a full-time Environmental Consultant. After entering the consulting field, he also lectured and taught at approximately 15 different colleges and universities in the United States and the Caribbean. He has extensive consulting and traveling experience and is a regular cruise ship speaker.

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.

Martin P. Lee
Destination Lecturer & Gentlemen Dance Host
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Martin P. Lee graduated with first class honours in geography and geology from King's College London in 1975 followed by a masters degree in geography from Keele University. After service as a fellow at Lancaster University, he became a lecturer at Leicester University, and then a senior lecturer at the Royal Military College of Science. Upon early retirement in 2006, Martin has been a Gentleman Dance Host and Port Lecturer. He now spends half the year at sea and half the year at his home in Bournemouth.

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.

David Ottley
Destinations and Enrichment
Coming from: Somersham,  Cambridgeshire  UK
David is a retired police officer who served in both the Metropolitan Police and with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. During his C.I.D service he served on the Regional Crime Squad, Robbery Squad and the Major Incident Pool in central London. In 1990 he transferred to Cambridgeshire and when John Major became Prime Minister David was employed on his personal protection team. After retiring from the service he studied Global Warming and Ecosystems with Reading University and then Oceanography and Marine Archaeology at Southampton University. David is both a destination speaker and enrichment speaker presenting a series of talks on his life in the police and oceanography.

Glenn Patrick
Physics, Cosmology & Earth Sciences
BSc, PhD, CPhys, FInstP, FRAS
Coming from: Wantage,  Oxfordshire  UK
Glenn is a particle physicist who has spent most of his career working on large international experiments using accelerators at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva. Glenn is based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory where he is now an Honorary Scientist and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Portsmouth, where he teaches. Glenn regularly gives public talks to a wide variety of audiences and specialises in explaining the concepts of physics, cosmology and astronomy in everyday language.

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.

Professor Christopher Stillman
Earth Sciences & Volcanology
Coming from: Dun Laoghaire,  County Dublin  Ireland
Professor Christopher John Stillman, Trinity College Dublin, graduated as a Geologist at Leeds University then spent 9 years in Africa, researching in Rhodesia and then serving as a Geological Survey Officer in Zambia. He then moved for 40 years to Trinity College Dublin. Here he was involved with the International Geological Correlation Project 27 deciphering the Plate Tectonic significance of the ancient volcanic rocks of America, Britain, Europe, Scandinavia and Greenland. Since retirement Christopher he has been involved in bringing Geology - the history and workings of the Earth – to cruise passengers.

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.