Paul is at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced divers and polar experts. Paul has been helping scientists unlock global mysteries for the past 30 years in the most remote and challenging regions of the planet.
Paul is Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division.
He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal.
For his work with NASA and the Mars Lander project on Mt Erebus, Antarctica he was awarded the US Polar Medal and the The Royal Geographical Society presented The Ness Award to Paul – “For the popularisation of Geography and the wider understanding of our world”.
Paul has a mountain named after him in Antarctica and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria.
He is a published author: Paul co-authored his BBC linked book, Oceans. He writes numerous commissioned magazine articles, and has recently completed writing on Humboldt and Magellan for a new book on Great Explorers.
Paul has been inspirational in engaging the public and communities in the natural world. Recently (March 2013) 262 divers joined Paul and collected tons of rubbish in response to his call to action to clean up Lake Windermere and help raise awareness of ocean debris.
Seven tons of junk was recovered including a fully working toilet complete with cistern and ballcock and an outboard motor for a boat. There were also 73 car tyres and at least four car batteries along with all the usual tin cans, plastic and glass.
Paul is constantly working to raise awareness of global issues such as the understanding and protection of our ecosystems and biodiversity, climate change and sustainability. He is an award-winning champion for inspiring and motivating the next generation of field scientists and explorers.
More details can be found on Paul’s website.