Peter Whitbread-Abrutat was senior scientist at the Eden Project in Cornwall, not just a spectacular day out, but a leader in the world of conservation, environmentalism and plant science. In this video interview, he talked to us about his education, his job and his career in plant science so far. Peter’s since moved on to a new career as an environmental consultant for a mining company.
“It’s about taking advantage of those opportunities that come along.”
“By the end of three years at University, I had a more defined picture of where I wanted to go.”
Inspired by teachers, family, David Attenborough’s Life on Earth TV series and a gap year project with Operation Raleigh, Peter is now Senior Scientist at the Eden Project. A working class lad from Scarborough, he didn’t think Cambridge University was for him, but he enjoyed it and rose to the challenge. With a PhD from Cornwall he saw Eden advertised and applied for a position, ignoring warnings from his less far-sighted colleagues. In his words, “It’s about proving people wrong sometimes”.
A-levels: Science A-levels
Gap year: 3 months with Operation Raleigh working on environmental and conservation projects in a National Park in New Zealand
Education: BA in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, PhD studying climate change in Cornwall
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Read Peter’s blog about his new career as a mining environmental scientist