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Passionate about the geographies they explore (and return to regularly), our expedition teams illuminate each facet through their enthusiasm and knowledge. They are the ones who write the books, they are the locals; they are the experts that knowledgeable explorers want to travel with again and again. They are the best in their fields. Meet them and see why our staff inspires such passion.

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Adam Cropp

Naturalist

A passionately curious person by nature, Adam spends his time exploring remote destinations around the world with like-minded adventurers and sharing his extensive knowledge about the local flora and fauna.  He specializes in the sexual reproduction of marine organisms making his lectures not only educational and eye opening, but extremely entertaining!

 

Adrian Cerda

Naturalist

Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious sixteen-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a sixmonth diploma in endangered species management.

 

Ailsa Mainman

Historian

Ailsa was born in England, but grew up in northern Canada before returning to the U.K. to study archaeology.  As a student she participated on digs throughout Europe and the Middle East, and chose the links between Denmark and England in the Anglo-Saxon period as a study for her doctoral thesis.  She counts herself as privileged to have spent much of her career as part of York Archaeological Trust’s team, researching and publishing the discoveries from the  internationally renowned  “Viking Dig” in York.

 

Alastair Newton

Expedition Leader

Alastair started his naturalist career as a wilderness guide in Denali National Park in Alaska, while studying for his degree in biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  During his seven years in Alaska, Alastair lived at a wildlife research station with muskoxen and caribou for four years and developed his passion for teaching while at the university.

 

Alberto Montaudon

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Alberto has been in love with nature since he was a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River.  He would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise, to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water.  His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love and respect nature.  As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became a biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist.

 

Alexandra Cousteau

National Geographic Staff

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau is part of one of the world's most famous environmental dynasties. She is grand-daughter of legend Jacques-Yves Cousteau who first started teaching her to dive at the age of seven. She left on her first expedition with her father Philippe and mother Jan to Easter Island, Chile when she was just four months old.

 

Amy Sobesky

Wellness Specialist

Throughout her years of study, performance, and teaching as a professional ballet dancer, Amy Sobesky was drawn to the inspiration and awareness of the mind-body connection through the healing arts.  The study of ballet, modern, and flamenco dancing lead her to the practice of meditation, massage, and yoga.  She began her training and knowledge of hands on healing with a very powerful session of the Grinberg Method in Berlin, Germany in 2004.  Since then she has studied massage therapy in California learning modalities of Swedish and prenatal massage, deep tissue/trigger point work, craniosacral therapy, relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, acupressure, cupping, and aromatherapy.

 

Andy Szabo

Naturalist

Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Andy moved from the whale-impoverished shores of Lake Ontario to the west coast of British Columbia to pursue his passion for marine mammals and marine biology.  Andy received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Victoria, and was subsequently awarded his doctorate through the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University.  His graduate work focused on the maternal behavior and foraging ecology of Southeast Alaskan humpback whales; however, he has also participated in studies focused on other marine mammals, including blue, fin, grey, sperm and killer whales.

 

Anja Henselmans

Assistant Expedition Leader

Born and raised in The Netherlands between the tulips and the windmills, Anja started working right after high school. Sales, customer services, human resources… as long as it had to do with people.  A backpacking trip through Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as a 20-year-old made Anja realize that traveling would steal her heart permanently.

 

Annie Griffiths

National Geographic Photographer

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career.  She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.

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