Cruise Ship Speakers

Ecology & Conservation
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Elizabeth Adlam
Biologist, Ecologist & Anthropologist
BSc. MSc.
Coming from: Malvern,  Worcestershire  UK
Elizabeth took her degrees at the University College of Wales Aberystwyth. After teaching for many years at secondary level she entered the Higher Education Sector, training students in the skills needed to teach secondary sciences. Having completed more than 40 cruises, she is experienced in selecting topics ranging from wildlife, cultures and destinations that reflect the cruise itinerary, hoping to enhance the visits which the passengers may make ashore.

Chris Bielby
Wildlife & Natural History
Coming from: Yarm,  Cleveland  UK
Chris has had a lifelong interest in Natural History. Since retiring from teaching after 32 years, he has sailed on adventure cruise ships as part of the Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) survey teams, giving presentations to passengers about Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises as well as Birds, Ecological issues, Butterflies & Wild Flowers. Chris tries to spend as much time on the outer decks with passengers, spotting all the wildlife.

Keith Buchanan
Wildlife & The Environmental
Coming from: Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Keith is an environmental consultant working on biodiversity and landscape issues. He started his career as a zoologist, managing nature reserves, and later worked in the UK agriculture ministry. Keith has led wildlife watching trips in the UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, The Canaries and Iceland. He has participated in biological expeditions in Madagascar, Indonesia, Central and South America. He has lectured on cruise ships about the wildlife and environmental issues in Scandinavia, The Mediterranean, South East Asia, Australia and South America.

Clive Catchpole
Professor of Animal Behaviour, University of London
Coming from: Wells-next-the-Sea,  Norfolk  UK
Clive is a professional zoologist with an international reputation for his research on wildlife biology in many parts of the world. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Animal Behaviour at the University of London. Clive has lectured all over the world and broadcast on many aspects of animal life for over 30 years. As an enrichment lecturer, he is able to bring to life the amazing world of animal behaviour in lavishly illustrated and lively presentations. His talks can be tailored to particular parts of the world where passengers look forward to seeing the local wildlife on excursions.

Jeffrey Clarke
Naturalist and Nature Photographer
Professional Ecologist, Wildlife Tour Leader and Professional Speaker
Coming from: Warrington,  Cheshire  UK
Jeff has a passion for the natural world and he loves sharing that enthusiasm with as many people as possible. As an environmental educator with 26 years of experience Jeff can bring innovation, inspiration and fun to his talks. As an experienced ecologist, with expertise across a wide range of taxon groups, Jeff is a popular speaker on a wide range of subjects related to the natural environment and wildlife. All his talks are liberally sprinkled with humour and anecdotes that guarantees a memorable experience for the audience.

Dr. Kevin Elsby
Ornithology, Wildlife & Natural History
Wildlife Photography and Tour Guide. FRPS. University lecturer
Coming from: Colby,  Norfolk  UK
Kevin is a full time General Medical Practitioner, but uses his spare time to travel and see wildlife. Over the years, he has travelled extensively and has a particular interest in the Wildlife and Environment of both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and tropical rainforests. Kevin also has a Master's degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and lectures on wildlife to a wide variety of organisations.

Kathy Fawcett-Stearne
Landscape History & Ecology
Ph.D B.Sc. C Env.
Coming from: Melksham,  Wiltshire  UK
Kathy gained a Doctorate in Agricultural History & Ecological Management, from Imperial College London, in 2004. She has many year’s experience both as a civil servant and in private consultancy, organising lectures, activity workshops and study trips in England. Kathy is a member of the Speakers Club of Great Britain and is also an experienced destination lecturer. She has a passion for travel, meeting new people and seeing new places. Kathy has a range of Presentations on; Destinations, British traditions, and the countryside, which can be tailored to destinations or seasons as required.

Jack Hardy
Destinations, History, and Marine Exploration
BA-Univ. California, MS-Oregon State, PhD-Univ. of Washington
Coming from: Portland,  Oregon  USA
Over the past 13 years professor, historian, and underwater explorer Jack Hardy has lectured on 56 different topics on more than 55 cruises. His richly-illustrated lectures focus on the history and culture of many popular cruise ship destinations, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and Pacific. Also, as a diver and underwater photographer, other lectures include regional marine life, ancient shipwrecks, and famous ocean explorers. He has published more than 100 research papers and books. His research and exploration has taken him to 98 countries around the world.

Peter Holden MBE
Ornithology & Wildlife
Extra-mural Lecturer for Cambridge University
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Peter has been passionately interested in birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember! He has the distinction of having been the longest serving staff member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), having worked there for over 40 years. Peter is also a keen natural history photographer and enjoys the challenge of getting wildlife shots during cruises to incorporate into onboard lecturers to help passengers understand and enjoy the local environment.

David Horsley
Wildlife Biologist
PhD in Evolutionary Genetics
Coming from: Holt,  Norfolk  UK
After leaving research David has been much involved in various aspects of Biological Education. His interest in and passion for wildlife photography and videography provides most of the material for his lectures. This includes material from Europe including particularly the whole of Scandinavia and Iberia, as well as good detail of wildlife of the Caribbean, Falkland Islands, Coastal South America, Australia & Peru.

Cliff Jones
Naturalist, Oceanographer & Environmentalist
FRGS. Ornithology, Cetaceans & Large mammals, Conservation
Coming from: Huntly,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Over the last 50 years Cliff Jones has been a professional safari guide, broadcaster journalist and is currently a regular lecturer aboard cruise ships talking about natural history and special interest and associated subjects. His broadcasting career includes working with the BBC Natural History Radio Unit in Bristol and BBC World Service. Cliff has travelled widely having visited 139 countries of the world. He is an accomplished photographer and has had many articles published in newspapers and magazines. As a regular cruise ship lecturer he has led many whale and birdwatching sessions.

Peter Mawby
Ornithologist & Research Ecologist
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
As an ornithologist and research ecologist with a particular interest in the North Atlantic, Peter has travelled widely and is a regular cruise lecturer. His talks, which will be entertaining as well as informative, introduce the audience to the wildlife and ecology of the areas to be visited. When not lecturing, Peter is always happy to accompany tours or provide an on-board commentary.

Robin Petch
Naturalist & Cetaceans Expert
Whales, Dolphins & Marine Conservation
Coming from: North Ferriby,  East Yorkshire  UK
Robin has been involved with the study and conservation of whales, dolphins and the marine environment for nearly 25 years. He now shares his wide knowledge and experience with cruise ship passengers in lively and informative lectures with stunning photographs and video. His experience as an educator enables him to adapt his talks to suit audiences of all types and age ranges. On some cruises, Robin's interest in Seals and Seabirds, Pirates and Privateers and Nautical Sayings and Superstitions adds an extra dimension to his talks.

Ross Priday
Wing Commander - Royal Air Force & Ex-Squadron Leader Red Arrows
Coming from: Llandysul,  Ceredigion  UK
Retired Royal Air Force Wing Commander, Ross Priday, is an Aviation Expert who talks primarily about his time with the world famous aerobatic team, The Red Arrows. His talks cover the history of the team, including a candid and review of his own time with the team. For 2016, Ross has a talk on the extensive wildlife and environmental conservation projects that are undertaken on Ministry of Defence real estate around the world. He also talks more generally about man’s continuing fascination with flight. Filled with humour, Ross’s talks are engaging and memorable.

Pete Raine
Nature & Conservation
Coming from: Nr Ashford,  Kent  UK
Pete is a lifelong naturalist, and an experienced lecturer, writer and broadcaster. He holds an MSc in wildlife conservation from University College London. After an early career as a chartered accountant, Pete’s work has always revolved around the environment. He has given numerous slide lectures in the UK, lecture tours of Australia, Germany and Holland and over 150 wildlife radio programmes on Radio Kent. He enjoys sharing his experience and passion about birds, plants, insects, and about the history of the planet and the forces that have made our wildlife what it is.

Dr Param Sandhu
Tiger and Nature Photography
Coming from: Ponteland,  Newcastle upon Tyne  UK
Param is a nature photographer with a special interest and passion for photographing tigers in the wild. Param, a trained medical doctor, has travelled extensively; including as far afield as the Galapagos Islands and Fiji. He has trekked to Everest Base Camp and up Kilimanjaro and he has documented the beauty of Ladakh in the Himalayas through his lens. An experienced and confident public speaker, Param's talks have been well-received and he is currently in demand to speak at various events in the UK and as a guest speaker on cruise ships.

Andrew Schofield
Ecologist & Wildlife Tour Guide
Ecologist/ Specialist Wildlife Guide.
Coming from: Plumstead,  Cape Town 7800  South Africa
Andrew Schofield is an ecologist who has a profound knowledge of the wildlife and plant kingdoms of Southern Africa. He has worked as a conservationist in many Southern African countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. His specialities are lion, elephant and birds of prey, but he has a detailed knowledge of the vegetation types of Southern Africa. Since retiring as an ecologist, he does tours to the wildlife havens of Africa and some of them are in the footsteps of the explorers. Andrew has also given talks on many cruises on the Atlantic and Indian Ocean.

Sandie Sowler
Ecology & Conservation
Coming from: Cirencester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Sandie trained as a zoologist with a specialist interest in bat biology. Sandie obtained her first degree in Zoology and later took her doctorate after undertaking seven years research in fruit bat ecology and physiology in South Africa. She has ten years’ experience as a secondary school teacher and has almost 30 years’ experience as an ecology consultant. Sandie currently works as a trainer of ecological consultants. She enjoys delivering natural history themed cruise lectures.

Geoff & Cherrie Whittle
Asian Wildlife & Tiger Conservation
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Geoff was originally a London Ad man. After marrying Cherrie in 1977 they travelled extensively around the world before returning to England to establish their own Ad Agency. In their early forties they gave everything up, sold all they owned, and moved (with their two boys) to India to establish a tiger conservation project in the heart of the Indian jungles. Geoff lectures on Tiger conservation & wildlife photography.