As one of the BBC's leading correspondents, David Shukman is acclaimed for his innovative reporting of environmental issues from the front lines of global change.
David graduated in Geography from Durham University and, after a spell on the Coventry Evening Telegraph, since 1983 he has gone on to hold a series of key positions in the BBC reporting on conflicts, politics, research and environment.
For two years David covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland (1985-87) before being appointed Defence Correspondent (1987-95), which took him to Berlin for the fall of the Wall, the Gulf, and some of the former Soviet Union's most secret nuclear installations.
As Europe Correspondent based in Brussels (1995-99), David covered the tensions between the UK and the EU, before being appointed World Affairs Correspondent between 1999 and 2003, prior to taking up his current position. As the BBC's Science and Environment correspondent, he has reported from more than 80 countries and has pioneered the use of the latest technologies to become the first to broadcast live from a wide range of locations - including the heart of the rain forest in Brazil and the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu which may be the first nation to be abandoned because of global warming.
David Shukman's brief covers climate change, space exploration, environmental disasters, avian flu and future technologies. Previous assignments have included reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall from the eastern side and being the first Western reporter to gain access to a Soviet nuclear base. He has covered conflicts including Bosnia, Angola and East Timor.
More recently, in his current role, David spent four days on a Norwegian whaling ship to provide a firsthand account of the highly controversial practice of hunting whales. He also got rather too close to the elephants of the Kruger National Park in South Africa in his coverage of the plans for a cull.