Lecture meeting on 12th December 2022

My Life at the Poles

Talk by: James Cresswell

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James Cresswell will tell us about his travels in the polar regions while working in the expedition cruise business. He made many trips to Antarctica and South Georgia, including to the Ross Sea in east Antarctica. In the Arctic he has guided in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Russia, Svalbard, and the Geographical North Pole. His talk will also cover the wildlife of the polar regions.

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Speaker biography

James’ life of travel started when he was just 16: he won a travel scholarship from his school and went to Malta with a friend to study sea grass.

While at Bristol University studying geology he spent his summer holidays doing voluntary projects which included conservation work in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, an archaeological dig in Slovakia and community work with the Inuit in West Greenland. It was in Greenland that his love for the polar regions began.

His first employment was in the television documentary industry as a researcher on a Discovery Channel geological series, following which he was part of the BBC’s ‘Blue Planet’ series.

After 10 years working in the expedition cruise business, James established GeoWorld Travel Ltd which offers geological tours in Oman, Morocco, Italy, Canary Islands, Iceland, Germany, USA, and the UK. They also offer day trips in Wales and provide a polar travel consultancy.

James is an accredited ambassador to the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Fforest Fawr Geopark and the Brecon Beacons International Dark Skies Reserve.

Away from geology and travel, he is a keen fly fisherman and is Membership Secretary for the Usk Fishing Association.

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