Cruise Ship Speakers

Ornithology & Birdwatching
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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.

Ian Bullock
Marine Wildlife Expert
Coming from: St. Davids,  Pembrokeshire  UK
Ian, who lives on the south-western seaboard of Wales, trained as a zoologist and since 1978 has specialised in seabird surveys, conservation of endangered species and habitat management on remote island nature reserves. For 25 years he worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as both research biologist and nature reserve warden, establishing new reserves for conservation and managing offshore islands. Since 1990 he has also worked as guide and lecturer on cruise ships sharing his love of the sea, wildlife and wilderness.

Dr Ann Burgess
Naturalist, Ornithology, Astronomy and Destination Speaker
Coming from: Parksville,  British Columbia  Canada
Dr Ann Carroll Burgess 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. 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.

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.

David Parkin
Ornithologist & Natural Historian
Emeritus Professor - University of Nottingham
Coming from: Trowell,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Raised on Tyneside, David started birding at school. The local Natural History Society motivated him to study Zoology and led to a successful university career, culminating as Nottingham's Professor of Avian Genetics. For 40 years David has enjoyed lecturing on birds and wildlife to a variety of organisations. On retiring he developed lectures for cruise audiences, tailoring these to the shipís itinerary and including a mix of illustrative talks and others on the science behind bird biology and conservation. Escorting ashore or out on deck, he is always keen to share his enthusiasm for birds.

Michael Scott OBE
Natural History Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Lochcarron,  Ross-Shire  UK
Michael is a natural history writer, consultant, and broadcaster, based in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. He is a botanist by training, but with a general interest in all natural history. Since 2005, Michael has been happily jumping onto cruise ships, anywhere from Greenland to Antarctica (and the warm places in between) with talks relating to the wildlife and environment of the areas visited. He usually travels with his wife, Sue, a marine biologist, and they both regard being on deck helping passengers spot and identify seabirds, whales and dolphins as an important and enjoyable part of their role on the ship.

James Weston
Natural Historian
Coming from: Bognor Regis,  West Sussex  UK
Jim was born and bred in West Sussex. He has had a chequered career which has included being a greengrocer, a hospital porter, a theatrical agent, a social worker and a gardener. His major career time was spent as a social worker where he specialised in child protection and training. Jimís interests, other than sport, have involved local natural history. He is a keen bird watcher with many years experience and has traveled world wide pursuing this hobby. Jim is a frequent speaker at local organisation and groups usually presenting subjects linked to natural history.