Alumni Zoom Event: 'Antartic Tourism - it's Impact and Benefits'

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00

The speaker is Darwin alumnus David Macdonald. David graduated from the University of Glasgow and joined the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) as a geologist, working on the island of South Georgia for two long field seasons, which was the basis of his PhD research at Darwin (1977-1980). At Darwin David was Admiral of Punts, a member of the May Ball organising committee, and co-manager of DarBar (with Iain Begg). After postdoctoral work, he joined BP. David rejoined BAS as a team leader, doing five more Antarctic expeditions and reaching the South Pole, courtesy of the US Navy. He was awarded a Polar Medal in 1987. In the 1990s he was Chief Geologist of CASP were he managed frontier geological projects across the globe, undertaking expeditions to Spitsbergen, East Siberia, Sakhalin, Patagonia, and the Falklands. In 1999 he took up a chair at the University of Aberdeen, working on projects in Russia, California and Brazil. He retired from the university in 2018. He now works part-time for Albatros Expeditions as a lecturer and expedition guide in the Arctic and Antarctic; he also holds an Honorary Chair at Perm National Polytechnic Research University in Russia, where he delivers an annual course and participates in their research.

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