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Peter Bobrowsky

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Peter Bobrowsky is a professional archaeologist and engineering geologist with a 40-year career working as a scholar, teacher, researcher and consultant across the globe. His academic achievements include almost 500 publications - 20 technical books such as the Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology and The Landslide Handbook - the latter written for the general public has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese; induction as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York and Fellow of the Geological Society of America. He is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Eugene Shoemaker Communications Award for Best Book (2009), the Edward B. Burwell Jr. Award for Engineering Geology (2011), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the James Harrison Outstanding Achievement Award (2020).

Dr. Bobrowsky has a prominent history of international positions and appointments, in particular, Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences, an NGO representing some 1 million earth scientists around the world, President of the Canadian Quaternary Association, President of the Geological Association of Canada and President of the International Consortium on Landslides.

A popular international public speaker for the past 25 years, he remains a much sought after and well-liked lecturer for the Smithsonian since 2004. His multi-disciplinary background and extensive travel to more than 120 countries, contribute to his unique, informative and enthusiastic speaking style. A born extrovert, with an easy-going manner, Peter strives to understand and explain the crucial links between a diverse and dynamic Earth and the evolution of changing societies through history.

He divides his time between travel adventures and home life on Vancouver Island.

What Our Travelers Say

Peter was very knowledgeable and personable! We enjoyed him immensely. He made a point of spending time and socializing with all of us!

- Jane G. Alaska's Glaciers and Inside Passage

He made everything more interesting. His content was relevant and his presentation was easy and understandable. He was also great to travel with.

- Robert B., Adventure in Iceland

I enjoyed his broad knowledge and his enthusiasm.

- June M., Southern France and the Italian Riviera by Sea

Peter was not only knowledgeable but he made everything entertaining as well. We also had several chances to chat with him as well. Very enjoyable company.

- Leah L., Mediterranean Island Voyage

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