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My adventure, travel, and environmental education background

Experience

David Edwards - public speaker giving talks to schools and clubs on travel and adventure I have been a professional mountain walks leader and have climbed and backpacked in Britain, Canada, USA, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, the Italian Dolomites and the Alps. I graduated from Edinburgh University in geology and worked as an expedition science leader in Botswana and the Yukon, as a field studies tutor teaching geology and geography, and for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

As the university expeditions advisor for the Royal Geographical Society, I advised countless expeditions, helping to ensure they raised funds, were safe, and achieved their objectives. While at the RGS I fell off a mountain in winter and self rescued with broken legs. I wrote an expedition planning guide for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and the latest edition is available via my expedition planning page. I have been a leader on two expeditions for the British (Schools) Exploring Society.

I have worked as a ranger in the Grand Canyon National Park, and on a biodiversity survey of Montserrat as the volcanic eruptions started. I was the Director of Studies for Edinburgh University’s Global Environmental Change international summer school and have produced environmental resources for the National Trust for Scotland.

I was for many years a lecturer in environmental sustainability for the University of Glasgow and tutored for the University of the West of Scotland at their Dumfries Campus. I have had many articles published in national journals and have contributed to Radio 4's Excess Baggage travel programme. In 2010 I was part of an expedition in the Pacific conducting seafloor research, and in 2013 participated in a Geological Society of America expedition to Antarctica.

Current

I am a university tutor on environmental sustainability and energy courses. I am also an earth science field studies guide for the Bay of Naples volcanic area (including Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius) and Iceland. I combine this with freelance public speaking and lecturing around the world.

Affiliations

I am a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2012 was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for my public communication of geographical subjects. I have recently been appointed president of the Guildford Travel Club.

 Fellows of the RSGS

Me (back), receiving my honorary fellowship. The president of the RSGS, Professor Iain Stewart, is on the right.



"We have had many excellent speakers come to our U3A and David is undoubtedly one of the best. David has a great talent for engaging the audience from the start with vivid and often humorous story telling which together with beautiful photography illustrates his adventures and experiences so well. His lecture entitled Surviving Montserrat describes the unique experience of a geologist unexpectedly being there for the eruption and the amazing events that followed. We will definitely have David back and look forward to one of his many other talks."
Elizabeth Formstone, Barnard Castle U3A

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