Cruise Ship Speakers

Oceanography
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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
Extra-Master Mariner, MPhil., PhD.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

George Sranko
Nature, Wildlife & Human interest
BSc Biology (UBC), MA (Hons) Env Governance (Griffith)
Coming from: Victoria,  British Columbia  Canada
George is known for his dynamic and entertaining presentation style. He has a BSc in biology from UBC in Vancouver and an MA in ecological governance from Griffith University, Queensland Australia. He was born in Australia and has dual Canadian / Australian citizenship. He has been featured as an enrichment and destination lecturer on cruise ships throughout the world. Close encounters with snorting grizzly bears, erupting volcanoes, drooling Komodo dragons, and trumpeting elephants have all added spice to George's presentations.

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.

Allan Thomas
Oceanographer & Destination Lecturer
BSc, NMSM, RAF(Rtd)
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
FRMetS CMet
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.