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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

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! Read More>

 

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. Read More>

 

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. 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>

 

Alexis Mutchler

Wellness Specialist

Alexis' passion is movement.  Be it through exercise, dance, body work, yoga or travel; in movement is where she finds strength. Starting dance at an early age, she continued on to college at the North Carolina School of the Arts on a dancing scholarship and later transitioned to the professional contemporary dance world. Read More>

 

Alyssa Adler

Undersea Specialist

Alyssa graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a B.Sc. in marine biology, a minor in chemistry, and a PADI divemaster certification. Her dive training has taken her to undersea sites around the world including Greece’s Ionian Sea, the Caribbean waters of Honduras and Bonaire, and the Galápagos Islands. Read More>

 

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. Read More>

 

Andrew Simmonds

Naturalist

Growing up in a family active in nature conservation in tropical North Queensland, Australia, Andrew developed a close interest in the region’s creatures great and small and the natural environment in general. Read More>

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