Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa.
After Africa, Cindy spent time exploring the remarkable landscapes of Peru and Ecuador. These journeys turned into permanent residency in Ecuador. Cindy spent two years working as a naturalist in the Ecuadorian Amazon, where she first became intensely involved with the fascinating ecology of rainforests — awed by the biodiversity, the color, and the interdependence of the creatures that live in these remarkable places. After some years in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Cindy moved to the Galápagos Islands, a place she now calls home. In 2011, she joined the Charles Darwin Foundation as one of the Governing Members where she hopes to contribute to the wellbeing of the islands for many years to come.
Cindy joined the ranks of Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 1997. Her work allows her to dedicate time to all of her passions: islands, the ocean, and rainforests. Recently trained in the use of our remote operated vehicle (ROV), she occasionally acts as our Undersea Specialist aboard the National Geographic Endeavour. She is thrilled to share her passion for the marine environment with guests on board via footage taken from both the ROV and the hand-held underwater video camera.
She received her Photo Instructor certification in a multi-day training workshop. Developed and taught by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions photographers, the workshop helped her develop additional insight and skills necessary to help you better understand your camera and the basics of composition — to better capture the moments at the heart of your expedition.