DR. DAVID M. WILSON
With over ten years experience working on Expedition cruise ships, Dr David Wilson is in increasing demand both as an ornithological field guide and as an historian. He boasts numerous explorers and ornithologists on his family tree, which add a uniquely personal flavour to many of his talks. Not least amongst these was his great uncle, Dr Edward Wilson, who was on both of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expeditions and famously died with him on the return from the South Pole in 1912.
With his wide range of philosophical, artistic and biological interests, time spent talking with Dr. Wilson is not likely to be dull. He is the author of numerous books, papers and even a CD of historic Antarctic expedition songs and poems. His latest books, to be published in the autumn of 2011 will be a volume of Captain Scott's own long lost photographs; and a volume of his great uncle's Antarctic paintings.
However, aboard the ship, he is most likely to be found on deck, helping you to identify the numerous seabirds which we will encounter.
Dr. David M. Wilson, PhD. (Essex), was born in 1963. Having an early career in the theatre, he moved on to study at the United World College of the Pacific and the Universities of York and Essex, where he trained as a philosopher. He is also a trained Counsellor. With a strong interest in Aboriginal cultures, he also has a wide range of ornithological and natural history interests. He is a noted polar historian with a personal connection to his subject: his great uncle, Dr Edward Wilson, died with Captain Scott and his party on their return from the South Pole in 1912. In addition to writing The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott (2011), he has produced several books in support of our polar heritage:
Cheltenham in Antarctica: the Life of Edward Wilson (2000);
Discovery Illustrated: Pictures from Captain Scott's First Antarctic Expedition, (2001)
The Songs of the 'Morning': a musical sketch, (cd 2002)
Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks (2004)
Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition (2009)
Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks (2011)