Following this he worked as an ecology tutor for five years at Brathay in the English Lake District, and also led expeditions for the Brathay Exploration Group to Scotland and Spitsbergen.
Thereafter he returned to Scotland as an ecological consultant, during which time he launched the monthly news digest SCENES. He has also worked as naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions and led ski expeditions to the Arctic for Arcturus Expeditions [then Erskine Expeditions].
In 1986 he married Sue Wrenn, herself a seasoned arctic traveller, after they met on the Spitsbergen icecap. Sue is now the editor of SCENES. They have a daughter Mairi.