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.

Elisha Saffer
Maritime History, Oceanography, History, Culture
Coming from: West Palm Beach,  Florida  USA
Al’s background is a mixture of science, economics, technology and education. Al was an electronics instructor while in the U.S. Air Force, a Programing Instructor at New York University, and a Computer Systems Engineer and Instructor at IBM. Over a period of 10 summers Al has given a variety of enrichment lectures at Sunrise Senior College which is associated with the University of Maine. He has provided enrichment lectures on nine different cruises for four different cruise lines and his penchant for research enables him to give presentations across a wide range of subjects.

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
Oceanography
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.