About Me…

Dr. Dave on a West Coast cruise

Dr. Dave… Anthropologist, Photographer, Historian. A passion of Dr. Dave has always been trying to figure out how or why people do what they do… uncovering the “back story” and hidden reasons behind the published accounts. Dr. Dave has worked in the field of applied anthropology for over thirty-five years, as well as a conference speaker and published author.

DR2_2076Dr.  Dave worked as a scientist throughout Panama and Central America for three years… a week to a month at a time. During his time in the Darien (Panama’s jungle), valuable lessons were learned that he is willing to share… e.g., you can get lost twenty feet into the jungle. And while in Central America, Dr. Dave researched many of the “back stories” of the local history and people, and now shares his “findings” with audiences on land and at sea.

From the Alaska to the Caribbean to South America, Dr. Dave shares his insider details and local stories with his fellow travelers on cruise ships all over the world and locally, in hometown San Diego. His “from the bridge” talks bring the Panama Canal transit alive with each reach and turn… from the remains of the failed French effort at Gatun, to the flora and crocs along the banks.

map-2Dr. Dave is currently a docent at the Heritage Museum of the Americas, located in the San Diego East County. From meteorites to western art, the museum is a wonderful treat for all visitors, with a very “hands on” approach to guiding school children and adults through a journey in time and cultures of the world… See for yourself… And children are FREE!

Prior to September of 2016, Dr. Dave was a docent and photographer at the San Diego Museum of Man… working on new exhibits, giving tours of the museum, and functioning as the museum’s event and curatorial photographer.

His photographic work has been shown in the Past Meets Present exhibit at the Museum of Man, paired with one hundred years of photographs of the city’s Balboa Park.

Dr. Dave has also developed many additional presentations based years of travel throughout the world, and world-wide museum exhibits in the To the Museum and Beyond Lectures Series, featuring: The Maya: Myths and Reality, Monsters Among Us, Beer: The Story of Us, and many more… all available for local or shipboard audiences. Feel free to contact Dr. Dave as a speaker for your group, or on your next cruise.

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Some comments from the passengers and staff:

  • Dr. Dave was superb. He knew what he was talking about. Many talks on the panama canal and each one was different, diverse and bought in a full house. Clearly spoken, easy to understand and once again a positive attitude and approachable for guests… Celebrity Cruise Lines, April 2015
  • Kudos too, to the educational sessions from both Dr Dave on the Panama Canal and the gentleman from Smithsonian Journeys were both excellent. The sessions helped in the build up to the big event, the full transit… Comment on Cruise Critic, November 2013
  • You (Dr. Dave) really prepared your passengers well for the Canal transit… Panamanian tour guide from the Miraflores Visitor Center
  • Happy to see you back!… The ship’s Activity Manager (we have sailed together before and she appreciated my “making her job easier”)
  • Thank goodness the ship is rebroadcasting your presentations on the ship’s video channel since we missed the first one… A passenger that attended another shipboard activity and missed my first Canal presentation (but attended the remaining four)
  • Can I buy you a drink?… A fellow passenger on deck who just wanted to talk a bit

7 comments on “About Me…
  1. Darla Bruce says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your seminars on the Carnival Miracle 1-31-2016 to 2-13-2016

  2. Lesley edser says:

    Hi Dr Dave

    Just transitioned the Canal with you on Azamara Journey (31 Dec 2015). Your talks on the run up to transition were so good, so much information we got much more excited as a result. Also the debrief after. Although the PC Lady did a good job it was a shame you could not talk us through the day.

    Now we are home we will devour your website and plunge your photos.

    Thank you so much for your patience with my husband’s endless questions and thank you for enhancing our cruising experience (cruising not really for us but you can’t ride a bike through the Canal😎)

    Happy New Year and health, peace and prosperity to you and yours.

    Mel and Lesley Edser ((UK)

    • Dr Dave says:

      I am pleased that you and your husband enjoyed yourselves, and if you can swim the canal (it has been done), you might be able to ride a bike through.

      And I will have more photos for you soon… the fun really never stops, especially on the Azamara Journey.

      See you on the waves,
      Dr. Dave

  3. Christopher Cameron says:

    Enjoyed meeting you and your wife on the Panama Canal cruise. Interesting to find a fellow SIU grad, especially that attended during the same period of time. Would love to see. Some of your pictures of the cruise. Enjoying your website. Best wishes from Nashville, tn.

    • Dr Dave says:

      Yes… The last transit through the Canal was a very relaxing one, and meeting nice folks like you and the Mrs. is always a plus. And, yes, there are a lot of ancient SIU grads out there, but it was an exciting time to be in school.

      More photos of the Canal are peppered through my site, but the last pass is at: Island Princess Canal Transit on 11/02/14

      See you on the waves!

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