Dr Alexander ‘Sandy’ Scott describes himself as an educator, naturalist field guide and traveller. Much of the expertise and skill he applies in the field and in his professional writing arise from his training as a teacher of Agriculture Science, and whilst attaining his BA, M Litt and Ph D from the University of New England, New South Wales.
Sandy was born in Dublin and spent his early childhood years in Northern Ireland before his family emigrated to Batlow, NSW.
Sandy has a strong interest in the geology and geomorphology of the Kimberley coast. He has had two books published on the topic: ‘Kimberley Coast – Bays, Basins, Islands and Estuaries’ (2012) and ‘Around the Kimberley Coast’ (2018). Following his long history with Coral Expeditions he was invited to prepare and edit a history of the company under the title ‘A Pioneering Cruise Line – An Anthology of Stories’ (2019).
He is especially fond of visiting Kimberley locations such as Prince Frederick Harbour with its rich natural history and Swift Bay for its diverse Aboriginal rock painting sites; and he finds the diversity and ecology of mangroves fascinating. “I never stop learning and enjoy communicating relatively complex and interesting concepts ranging from the history of exploration to the development of the Horizontal Waterfalls and tracing the ancestry of Aboriginal Australians”. In semi-retirement he continues to work part time as a special-projects consultant for Odyssey Travel. As one of their Program Leaders he has led dozens of groups on thematic tours to the UK and Ireland, and across many countries in Asia from Turkey to Mongolia.
He is often found interpreting geomorphology and sharing his passion for the fascinating coastal landforms on our Kimberley and Cape York, Arnhem Land and Torres Strait expeditions.