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Expedition Cruising, Disko Bay, Greenland

John Shears

John is a polar geographer and environmental scientist, with over 25 years of experience of working in both Antarctica and the Arctic, first with the British Antarctic Survey and then with the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.

John was also an environmental and operations adviser to the UK government in Antarctic Treaty discussions for more than 20 years and was a UK Antarctic Treaty Inspector in 2005, 2012 and 2015.

In 2017, John started up his own company, Shears Polar Limited, to provide expert lecturing, expedition guiding, and consultancy services for projects in the polar regions.

Icebergs, Arctic
Icebergs, Arctic

Arctic – Spitsbergen and Greenland Cruise with The Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute

Join like-minded people cruising aboard the Ortelius from Spitsbergen to Northeast Greenland, finishing in Iceland in conjunction with The Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute.

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