Born in Scotland, Peter became fascinated with nature and wildlife from a very young age. This early interest led to him earning a degree in conservation biology followed shortly after by an M.Sc in marine and fisheries ecology. He is currently studying for another M.Sc in digital mapping. After working as a commercial diver for several years Peter was offered the position of Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey in 2012. He then spent the next 16 months in the Antarctic, stationed at Rothera Research Station, on the peninsula where he managed the dive operations and a team of scientific divers working on a wide range of research on climate change, ocean acidification, and increased seabed disturbance by icebergs. As well as diving Peter also spent several months in the Antarctic deep field working in aircraft operations, depot laying, and meteorological work whilst living in tents in conditions below -30oC.
Peter has completed several thousand dives from sites including Scotland, Antarctica, Iceland, and Argentina although somehow hasn’t yet dived in warm water! He considers Antarctic diving as some of the best he has done as there really is still so much to discover. Peter is also an avid photographer and will often be found wandering the ship decks with camera at the ready and is always happy to chat about photography.
When not on cruises Peter works as a skipper and fisheries officer, helping to protect the United Kingdom’s fish stocks and assessing the state of locally important stocks to avoid overfishing.