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.

  • Adam Britton

    Adam is a British-born zoologist who has lived and worked in northern Australia since 1997. Before arriving in Darwin, Adam studied zoology, including a Ph.D., looking at the amazing acoustic world of tiny bats, and has spent time travelling and living in far more exotic places than England in pursuit of wildlife. He's developed a fascination with dangerous creatures and also the relationship that different cultures have toward them. Read More

  • Adam Cropp
    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    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

  • Ailsa Mainman

    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

  • Alan Trujillo

    Al Trujillo teaches oceanography, geology, and geography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California (near San Diego), where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences and co-Director of the Oceanography Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California at Davis and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Arizona University, afterwards working for several years in industry as a developmental geologist, hydrogeologist, and computer specialist. 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

  • 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

  • Alisha Kilgore
    Assistant Expedition Leader

    Born and raised in Eastern Washington and North Idaho, Alisha Kilgore has possessed an appetite for adventure from a young age. When she and her father weren’t backpacking or kayaking in the stunning mountain ranges around them, they were chasing the next adventure throughout Canada, the United States, or Mexico. The farther Alisha ventured from the Northwest, the more intrigued she became by the people and landscapes she encountered. Read More

  • Alison Wright
    National Geographic Photographer

    Documentary photographer and visual anthropologist Alison Wright has photographed nine books, including the National Geographic guidebooks on London and Great Britain, as well as The Dalai Lama: A Simple Monk, which is based on her two-decade friendship with the Dalai Lama. A frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveler magazine, Alison is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. She was recently named “The Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry, 2014” by Premier Traveler magazine and a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels "with a sense of passion and purpose."  The American daughter of British parents, Alison holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and the U.K. and attended school in Cornwall, England. Read More

  • Alyssa Adler
    Undersea Specialist

    Originally from Oregon, Alyssa has always had a strong relationship with nature and the outdoors. In search of a life full of adventure, she found her passion for the ocean while studying at Oregon State University. She graduated in 2012 with a B.Sc. in marine biology, a minor in chemistry, and a PADI divemaster certification. The year following graduation included extensive traveling and diver training, gaining experience in Greece’s Ionian Sea, the Caribbean waters of Honduras and Bonaire, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Read More

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