Michael Southon was born in Africa, grew up in England and lived in South America for six years. He has a Masters degree in Anthropology from the Australian National University and spent many years working with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
In the 1980s and early 1990s he worked for the Sacred Sites Protection Authority in Darwin and he later spent fifteen years doing native title research in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
Michael is a valued addition to Coral Expeditions, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as a guest lecturer.
He has also done fieldwork in Ecuador and Indonesia, where he spent seven months living with long-distance maritime traders on the island of Buton, SE Sulawesi.
His research formed the basis of his Masters degree and was later published as a monograph. With his expertise, he enhances the expedition experience, delighting guests with insightful talks and engaging presentations.