Exquisite Greek and Roman cities once created a mosaic of flourishing cultural centers around the Mediterranean Sea. Today they stand in silent testimony to that epoch as magnificent ruins far better preserved, far more impressive, and far less crowed than most of the archaeological sites of mainland Europe.
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of audiences, through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, and publications. He has curated a number of highly regarded geological and Antarctic exhibitions, and was involved in the planning of events to mark the centenary of Captain Scott’s South Pole Expedition.
He has also taught lifelong learning geology classes for over 25 years at Cardiff University and led field trips around Britain and throughout the western United States, the North Atlantic, and in the Mediterranean region. Fieldwork and teaching have taken him to many parts of the world, and he was closely involved in the setting up of new geological museums in Newfoundland and in the United Arab Emirates. He lectures frequently to, and leads field trips for, various groups around the UK and on expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctic and other parts of the world.
He has interests in dinosaur trackways, as well as in the growth of geology in the early 19th century, in particular the discovery of Jurassic marine reptile fossils, the development of the first geological map, and in the foundation of the British Geological Survey and the life and work of its first director. He also has a particular interest in the development of the understanding of Antarctica’s geology and in the work of the geologists on Heroic Age expeditions.
The co-author of a successful geology field guide to South Wales, Tom is currently writing a biography of the 19th-century geologist Sir Henry De la Beche, a study of the geological maps of William Smith, and several new field guide books.
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Tom's Upcoming Expeditions
Mediterranean Mosaic: Italy, Corsica, Tunisia, Algeria & MoroccoApril 19 — May 3, 2021
Wild Ireland & Scotland COMBO VoyageMay 29 — June 12, 2021
Discover ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey to Ireland and Scotland. Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more, with visits to Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.
Wild IrelandMay 29 — June 7, 2021
Discover Ireland’s ancient wonders, sublime landscapes, unique geology, prolific birdlife, and charming villages as you journey along the island’s scenic west coast. This voyage may be combined with Wild Scotland for a comprehensive view of the region.
Wild ScotlandJune 4 — June 12, 2021
History comes to life as you view important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae—and other architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. This voyage may be combined with Wild Ireland for a comprehensive view of the region.
Circumnavigation of the Black SeaJuly 18 — July 31, 2021
Centuries of history and splendid architecture come to life as you discover the countries surrounding the Black Sea—Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria. Join our experts to explore busy bazaars, archeological treasures, and stunning landscapes.
Crossroads of Empires: Cyprus, Israel, Egypt & JordanOctober 22 — November 4, 2021
The art, architecture, and archaeological wonders of the eastern Mediterranean are legacies of the world’s most celebrated empires. Over the millennia, a succession of cultures traded, conquered, and settled in these fabled lands, and we follow in their wake, piecing together the pages of the defining chapters of ancient civilization.