Cruise Ship Speakers

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Gloria Barnett
Scientist, Author & Film-maker
Oceans and Marine Life
Coming from: Temple Ewell, Dover,  Kent  UK
A popular subject for audiences whilst cruising the oceans, Gloria specialises in making science accessible for all. Gloria’s love of the sea is not just theoretical as she shares her practical knowledge of sailing, scuba diving and underwater adventures as a marine videographer. Her Marine Life talks include incredible original film clips. Gloria enjoys sharing her passion for science and the sea and presents fascinating and exciting talks with enthusiasm and fun. Feedback is always positive.

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.

Melvyn Bowen
Maritime History & Marine Science
Coming from: Rotorua,    NZ
Melvyn was born and raised in U.K., and completed his secondary education at the Haverfordwest Grammar School in Pembrokeshire. He commenced a career in the British Merchant Navy and after 10 years became a qualified Master Mariner before studying Nautical Sciences at the University of Wales. Following this, he went on to lecture in a range of maritime-science disciplines at several Universities and Polytechnics. He now lives in New Zealand and regularly talks about Maritime History on cruise ships.

John Brinkley
Geography & Geology
Fellow of the Geological Society
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Educated at King Edward VI School, Bury St. Edmunds and the University of Chester, John was a senior manager and head of department in a Midland High School where he taught geology and geography. On retirement he was invited to become Host Photographer for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, England, a post he held until 2012. Much of John’s leisure time is now taken up with photographic assignments, travelling widely both in the UK and around the World. He presents an extensive series of talks on geology and geography illustrated with his own photos.

Adrian Cooper
BSc (Hons), Phd
Coming from: Felixstowe,  Suffolk  UK
Dr Adrian Cooper worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Birkbeck College, London University from 1992 - 2013. His interests include Wildlife, Natural Environments and Oceanography, as well as Mythology, Cultural Geography and Historical Geography. Since 1992, Adrian has been a frequent broadcaster and contributor to the BBC World Service on a wide range of wildlife, environmental and conservation issues. In recognition of his work in promoting the public understanding of geography, Adrian was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1999.

Professor David Drewry
Environmental Scientist
BSc., PhD, DSc.
Coming from: Cottingham,  East Yorkshire  UK
Professor David Drewry is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. David has research interests in environmental science, particularly geology and climate change. He has published three books and more than 100 research papers. He has travelled extensively, often to remote places, and lectured on global environmental issues around the world as well as broadcasting on radio and TV. He has led numerous scientific expeditions including to Africa and the Polar regions.

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.

John Hartley
Meteorologist, Oceanographer & Naval Historian
BSc, FRMetS, CMet(Retd)
Coming from: Millbrook,  Cornwall  UK
John is a retired naval officer and specialist teacher and lecturer. In the Royal Navy he studied meteorology and oceanography at postgraduate level before undertaking many forecasting appointments around the world, culminating in command of the RN's school of meteorology and oceanography. Since leaving the RN John has been an operational weather forecaster and command adviser in the North Sea, Bosnia, Kosovo and the countries bordering Iraq. Since 2008, John has become a lecturer in environmental topics and naval history on cruise-ships.

George Losey
Zoology & Marine Biology
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand
Coming from: Kaneohe,  Hawaii  USA
Professor George Losey received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the E. Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a European discipline comprising study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions. Dr. Losey started cruise ship lecturing in 1996 on the QE 2 and has since lectured on various ships with topics in oceanography and climate change, coral reefs, marine biology, Hawaiian natural history, Hawaiian legends and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior. George is always happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.

Alan Oliver
Scientist & Spanish Historian
BSc, MSc
Coming from: Marlborough,  Wiltshire  UK
Alan has both a BSc and an MSc in Natural Sciences, and was a University Lecturer for 18 years in these fields. This followed a career in international sales and marketing and he lectured widely at professional conferences all over the English speaking world, and consequently is an extremely experienced speaker. Since retirement, he has been very active on the speakers' circuit talking about Spanish history and scientific topics.

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.

Robert Simpson
Russian History & Popular Science
Coming from: North Berwick,  East Lothian  UK
Robert was educated at Aberdeen and Oxford Universities and he has had two careers. The first was as a lecturer in moral philosophy at Aberdeen University for about twenty years. In the mid-1980s he decided to seek a new career, and re-trained as a tax consultant, specialising in VAT, working for KPMG. He has always had an interest in history and science and this now provide the inspiration for his series of cruise ship lectures.

Park Sims
Science for the non-scientific
BSc, MSc, Assoc Prof, LtCol(Ret), PE(Ret), FBIM(Ret)
Coming from: Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years. A retired military officer, scientist, manager, and training consultant, he is a former Professor of both Physics and Technical Writing, a retired Lt Colonel of the US Air Force, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Park speaks on the science of the world around us in a light-hearted and entertaining way (“Science for the Non-scientific”), using everyday language. He also speaks on the history of the US Air Force in England.

Edwin Sobey
The Ocean, Polar Zones & Coral Reefs
Coming from: Redmond,  Washington  USA
Ed is an explorer, author, and former museum director. Holding a Ph.D. in oceanography, he has participated in two dozen research expeditions from the poles to the tropics. On his expeditions and travels Ed has taught or conducted research on all seven continents and three oceans, and visited 110 countries. Along the way he spent a winter in Antarctica, crossed the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat, studied whales from ocean kayaks, and explored natural wonders at every opportunity. Global encounters with whales, sea lions, sharks, and underwater treasure hunters have given Ed experiences that spark enthusiastic interest in his audiences.

Harry M Strong
Ocean science & Meteorology
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.

Allan Thomas
Oceanographer & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: St. Columb Major,  Cornwall  UK
Allan joined the Royal Air Force in 1960 eventually becoming an Air Electronics Officer and aircraft captain serving on Maritime Patrol aircraft keeping an eye on the Soviet Navy, especially its submarine force. In 1993 Allan was seconded to the United States Navy where he qualified as a military oceanographer prior to taking command of operations at a joint US-UK Undersea Surveillance Facility. In his talks he describes undersea geology, historical oceanographic events, and marine animals: focussing on the waters that each cruise passes though accompanied by some amusing anecdotes from his Service days. He is also a qualified and accomplished Destination Presenter.

Peter Tunnicliffe
Meteorologist & Oceanographer
B. Eng, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Callington,  Cornwall  UK
In 2002 Peter retired from the RN after 22 years service. Since then he has been a broadcast weather forecaster for BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall, an operational forecaster for Weathercommerce, a commercial forecasting firm, as well as his current job as teacher of Advanced Meteorology at the Royal Naval School of Meteorology and Oceanography. He regularly lectures on cruise ships on various environmental topics and climate change.

Peter Varley
Meteorology & Oceanography
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
After gaining a degree in Physical Oceanography, Commander Varley spent three years undertaking research in underwater acoustics before joining the Royal Navy as an Instructor Officer specialising in meteorology and oceanography. Peter has forecast the weather onboard ships in the Norwegian Sea, the Mediterranean and the North and South Atlantic oceans. In 1995, Peter left the Royal Navy to run his own meteorological, oceanographic and training consultancy.