Cruise Ship Speakers

General Science
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Dr William Bendel
Astronomy
Journey Through Space and Time
Coming from: Westminster,  Colorado  USA
Dr. Bill Bendel is an internationally recognized educator and has worked in partnership with NASA and the European Space Agency bringing innovative visualizations of the solar system’s planets and moons to worldwide audiences. His contemporary lectures include the latest news on Mars, Elon Musk and Exoplanets. He enjoys traveling and using his anecdotal lecturing style to make complex subjects easy to understand and to entertain cruise audiences about the mysteries of the universe. Dr. Bendel has provided enrichment lectures over the past 18 years to cruise ship audiences.

Dr Carin Bondar
Nature, Wildlife & Biology
Coming from: Chilliwack,  British Columbia  Canada
Dr. Carin Bondar is a biologist, author, TV host and public speaker from British Columbia Canada. She is an accomplished science storyteller, with a number of television credits including National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. Dr. Bondar is writer and host of the online smash hit series 'Wild Sex', which has amassed over 100,000,000 views. In addition to her media work, Bondar is also an adventurer and naturalist. This allows her to craft lecture performances that are specific to any region of the world, any ecosystem or any specific port destination.

Harriet Brettle
Planetary Science & Space
B.Sc. PG Cert, FRAS
Coming from: Pasadena,  California  USA
Harriet is a PhD student in planetary sciences at the California Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on Jupiter and the Galilean moons; she is currently observing Europa using the Keck telescope on Hawaii and, separately, modelling storms on Jupiter their stability. As an active science communicator, Harriet is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for space exploration with the public. She has covered the space industry for a number of organizations and regularly gives talks ranging from stand-up pub talks to school workshops.

Dr Michael Chriss
Astronomy, History of Science & Astronomy
Coming from: Tucson,  Arizona  USA
Michael Chriss has spent a lifetime in teaching and popularizing science through public lectures and planetarium programs. He was Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo, and its Planetarium Director. He received his degrees in astronomy at the University of Arizona with further studies in History of Art and Science at Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford University. Since 1985, when Halley's Comet appeared in the skies, he has lectured aboard cruise ships on astronomy and other topics. He currently is Associate Lecturer in Astronomy at the University of Arizona.University of Arizona.

Professor John Lattanzio
Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrobiology
Life in the universe
Coming from: Glen Waverley,  VIC  Australia
John is a Professor of astrophysics at Monash University. His specialty research areas are the lives of stars and the search for life in the Universe. He has published over 250 research papers, is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia. He is the President of the International Astronomical Union's Commission on "Stellar Evolution ". John has a long record of delivering extremely successful and popular lectures to professional astronomers as well as the public.

Professor John Lobell
Art, Architecture & Design
Coming from: New York,    USA
John Lobell has a widely ranging mind addressing the future, technology, art, architecture, myths and movies, culture, and creativity. He received degrees in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is a professor of architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He has lectured at leading cultural institutions and on cruise ships throughout the world. Lobell is an informative but casual speaker who comfortably interacts with his audiences and encourages questions and discussion. He enjoys making complex issues, such as our latest technologies, clear.

John Maclean
Astronomy & Astrophysics
FRAS (Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society)
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
John is an experienced Science Communicator in the fields of Astronomy and Astrophysics and is an award winning Astro Photographer. He has a special interest in Cometary science and is a member of the UK Meteor Monitoring Network as well as participating as a communicator for NASA and ESA space missions. John is an experienced presenter with an engaging and humorous style accompanied with extremely professional graphic and audio presentations. John has the ability to communicate scientific concepts in a way that the audience both enjoys and understands. He is also able to provide "Stargazing" nights on board and can lead Aurora expeditions.

Lindsay Murray
Science
CSci CBiol CRadPro FRSB FLS
Coming from: Gretna,  Dumfries and Galloway  UK
Lindsay Murray is a graduate biologist with something in excess of 30 years professional experience both in the UK and overseas, employed variously in clinical and veterinary microbiology, radiation protection, research management, and latterly in health and safety and research ethics. He regularly lectures on a wide range of science related topics to diverse audiences, and has a particular interest in public engagement with science.

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.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
BS, MS, MPA, PSIA
Coming from: Oak Hill,  Fairfax  USA
Harry M Strong worked for a nonprofit corporation for 38 years, spending the last 15 years supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C., addressing a broad range of environmental issues. He is the President of HMS Consulting, LLC, has been a special interest speaker and visiting scientist on numerous cruise ships, speaking on “Our One Ocean”. This series of talks is crafted to entertain, inform and educate the ship’s guests on various ocean topics, emphasizing that our “global society” has but “One Ocean” and we all share in its fruits, its opportunities, its problems, its heritage and its potential.

Dr James Teslow
Space Science, Astronomy & Engineering
PhD Rockets, Star-gazing
Coming from: Camano Island,  Washington  USA
Dr. James Teslow is an educator who also practiced aerospace engineering for 30 years. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, and two Masters degrees and a PhD at the University of Colorado. His engineering positions included work in the areas of liquid and solid rocket propulsion system analysis and design, launch support, new technology research, and business development. James has taught several classroom and online courses in educational technology, research methods, and instructional development as an adjunct professor.

Michael Tribe
Science & Sports History
BSc., PhD, PGCE, C.Biol. FRSB
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Mike Tribe attended both Durham & Cambridge universities as a student, followed by 3 years as Head of Biology at a London school, before taking up a Lectureship at Sussex University. Mike has always enjoyed the challenges of teaching, especially communicating difficult scientific ideas in ways understandable to non-scientists. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 1978 and given an award for Excellence in Teaching by Sussex Alumni Society in 1999. He loves talking about most sports and was a County athlete and Cambridge Blue in his youth.

Frank Weare
Architecture, World Heritage, Science & Technology
Coming from: London,    UK
Frank studied mechanical engineering in Bristol followed by a postgraduate diploma course at Imperial College London. During the last 30 he has lectured on architectural engineering, civil and structural engineering at the University of Westminster, being involved with architectural building design, construction and management. He has been involved with churches, cathedrals, both ancient and modern, industrial, commercial buildings and bridge structures. Since taking early retirement from the university he is now an independent consultant undertaking civil and structural engineering design work.

John Wilcock
Archaeology, History, Science & Computing
MA(Oxon), BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Dr John Wilcock read Physics at Oxford University then worked for 7 years as an Engineer in the computer industry (1st and 2nd generations), before entering academia in 1969. He was one of the first world practitioners in Computer Archaeology (the application of computers to archaeological research). Categories include Archaeology, Egyptology, History, Computing, Espionage, Codes & ciphers, Science, Geology and Music. See full profile for suggested list of stand-alone and destination-based topics.

Alan Wright
Astronomy & Physical Sciences
BSc, PhD, FASA
Coming from: Wynyard,  Tasmania  Australia
Alan Wright has been a professional research astronomer for over 50 years, much of that time as the Chief Astronomer & Head of Operations at the world-famous Parkes Observatory in Australia, known to many as “The Dish”. He is a multiple graduate of London University and has worked in Canada, the USA and several European countries, as well as in Australia. Recently retired, he retains his passion for astronomy and takes a very active interest in all modern astronomical discoveries. He is also a dynamic and popular speaker who specialises in making “tricky” scientific subjects understandable to everybody.