Prof. James Floyd,
Geological Consultant, Military and Maritime Historian and Science Communicator
A native of Scotland, Professor James Floyd, has recently retired as District Geologist after 36 years with the British Geological Survey (NERC) in Edinburgh and now works as a geological consultant and freelance science, military and maritime history communicator on cruise ships. A graduate of Glasgow (BSc), Heriot-Watt (MSc) and St Andrews (PhD) Universities, he has published more than 100 professional papers, articles, books and maps.
As a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society, he has wide experience of the geology of many parts of the world. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary professorship in the School of the Built Environment at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, for his research on architectural conservation, including work in Valletta with Heritage Malta.As an earth scientist, James is particularly fascinated with the way geology and environment has influenced the history and development of cities and human societies. In addition to communicating popular science, expedition cruising allows him to share his other passions of modern naval, maritime and exploration history and travel.
His new career as a guide, escort and lecturer on cruise ships has included voyages to Norway, the Baltic, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Portugal, Azores, Madeira, Canaries, Cape Verde, North, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.