Bob Headland is a senior associate of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. His principal interests involve historical geography and associated studies. Specifically, his work concerns human effects on Polar Regions, especially the smaller islands and archipelagos. Archival details and other historical records - from the earliest expeditions to recent events - have allowed him to provide data for studies of long periods of climatic variation, and glaciological and biological changes in the Polar Regions.
An advisor to several expeditionary organizations and departments of government, Bob is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Institute for Historical Research, which is part of the University of London, where he delivers lectures for several courses. In 1984, he was decorated with the Polar Medal. He is a member of both the Arctic Club and the Antarctic Club.
He has spent many years with Quark Expeditions, educating travelers on the history of polar exploration aboard icebreakers in the Arctic and Antarctic. During this time, he has been associated with the conservation of the historical huts and related sites in both Polar Regions.