Geologist & Glaciologist
Originally from Lochgilphead in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, Colin became fascinated with the mountains and glacial landscapes of his native land earlier than he can remember. This love of the mountains and wild spaces drew Colin into academic study, and he graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2004 with an MA in geography, having specialized in glacial geomorphology and physical geography fieldwork. This led straight to a season working in Antarctica, where Colin spent 5 months crewing on a British-led sailing and mountaineering expedition. With this experience behind him, a desk job carried little appeal, so Colin joined the Royal Air Force as an infantry officer in 2006. Missing all things glacial, however, Colin left the RAF in 2007 to recommence his studies, enrolling as a master’s student in glaciology at Aberystwyth University.
Several years later, Colin has recently completed his PhD, which focused on surveying and a better understanding the glacial landscapes of Mars. Although this area of interest made field trips difficult, Colin managed to get out and about a fair bit and has experience leading mountaineering expeditions in the Russian Caucasus and in Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula. He has also participated in fieldwork in the Himalayas and on the Greenland ice sheet, and has racked up many more hours of sailing time, including a late-season 3-man crossing of the North Atlantic, starting in Nuuk, Greenland, and finishing in the Scottish town of Oban, not far from where Colin was born.
Now, when not sailing with Quark Expeditions amongst the world’s most beautiful landscapes, Colin travels and writes about his experiences. He has 4 years of service experience on his local lifeboat crew and is an experienced sailor, an active climber, a keen caver and a lover of wild places.