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Complete Expedition Team Directory

The key to your experience in the planet’s capitals of wildness and culture

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


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! Read More>


Adrian Cerda


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. Read More>


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. Read More>


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. Read More>


Alexandra Cueva

Wellness Specialist

Alexandra was born in Quito, also known as the "City in the Center of the World". Since she was a young child, she showed an interest in wellness and health. She studied chemistry and biology and after high school started business management studies to work in the family business as a general manager. Read More>


Andy Szabo


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. Read More>


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. Read More>


Antonio Adrian

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Antonio is Ecuadorian, although he was raised in Catalonia. He has been a naturalist in the Galápagos since 1994. He studied natural sciences in a boarding school in England for two years, and he spent four years in medical school in Spain (out of boredom he dropped out, like Darwin he wanted to see the world). Read More>


Aura Banda Cruz

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Aura’s connection with the islands dates generations as her grandparents had moved to the Galápagos in the 1930s. Her mother was born on Floreana Island and Aura fondly remembers childhood memories of family visits during summer vacations.  Who knew those little black birds she observed so naively as a child were the world famous Darwin finches? Or that the lava lizards she was so scared of were unique in the world? Read More>


Becky Hale

National Geographic Photographer

Becky Hale is a studio photographer on staff with National Geographic magazine in Washington, D.C.  Her studio work is wide ranging and includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. Her images have appeared in support of articles on how redheads experience pain, the evolution of artificial hearts, and advances in organ regeneration. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Read More>

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