Following a distinguished business career with Unilever PLC, Chris obtained a master’s degree in marine biology at the National Oceanography Centre (NOCS) at Southampton University in the U.K. and graduated in 2007 with first-class honours. From there he attended a post-graduate certificate of education course and taught high school biology.
Chris now works full-time on guiding expeditions, cruise lecturing, and surveying marine mammal observations on a worldwide basis. He has significantly contributed to ground-breaking conservation research on great white sharks in South Africa; marine biota in the Galápagos; whale sharks in Western Australia; and fish and coral ecology on the Great Barrier and Ningaloo reefs, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea. On the very rare occasions when he is in the U.K. he sometimes speaks at NOCS.
A very experienced marine biologist cruise lecturer/guide, Chris has contributed to more than 130 voyages in the last nine years around all seven continents. More than half of those have been in the polar and sub-polar regions and he has lectured on the Antarctic Peninsula; the Ross Sea; the sub-Antarctic islands of Svalbard, Iceland, Greenland, and Labrador/Newfoundland; the Northwest Passage, Alaska; and Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.
Chris’s talks, which focus on the region’s marine fauna, along with associated ecosystems and oceanographic features, are primarily intended to enthral and entertain, with the secondary aim of informing through science. Chris has the overriding objective to enhance expedition guests’ enjoyment by creating a greater awareness and appreciation of the marine world that surrounds them.
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