After three years of field and laboratory-based multidisciplinary ecological research and whilst preparing for a job as a Patent Agent, Douglas discovered environmental education and interpretation. These combine all the good things in the arts and science. He became a field lecturer with the Peak District National Park Education Service and a freelance science interpreter.
Douglas's professional experience includes developing and providing environmental education and training for students and international professionals. He has devised and delivered practical countryside management courses for a range of universities and English language courses for international countryside professionals. He has demonstrated on WEA courses on fungi. He enjoyed a spell as a public landscape interpreter working with archaeologists and artists. He has developed academic courses in other institutions, delivered training to industry and has presented talks and lectures to public groups, in the UK and China.
Ultimately, he moved to Sheffield Hallam University, where he concentrates on the application of environmental science to environmental management. Lecturing is a healthy mixture of performance and scientific rigour, all the better when mixed with first-hand experiences. Douglas spent much of his time at Hallam as the Final Year Manager and as Course Leader for a suite of environmental degrees.
Other current interests include helping students to have their research work published and working on small, local education development projects. He regularly writes for the Sheffield Hallam Environmental Science blog and Facebook sites.