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Caroline Jezierski

Caroline grew up in the Midwest where her love of nature began on family camping trips.  While pursuing her degree in biology at Gustavus Adolphus College, her desire for outdoor adventure increased.  She spent her summers as a white water rafting guide in Colorado and studied wildlife ecology and conservation in Tanzania.  After college, she moved to the west coast where she began her career as a field biologist.  Her “office” has ranged from the tundra of Alaska to the national parks of Washington, the rivers of Oregon, and the redwood forests of Northern California.  Although she has specialized in inland salmon fisheries, she has also conducted research on birds, amphibians, sub-tidal organisms, marine mammals, and bears.   

In the winter of 2000, Caroline’s love for the sea was born while sailing as a deckhand for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.  In 2004, Caroline returned to school to pursue a master’s degree in marine biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  She was based at the Alaska SeaLife Center where she studied human impact on the behavior of harbor seals hauled out on glacial ice in Kenai Fjords National Park.  Caroline has worked intermittently as a naturalist for Lindblad-National Geographic since 2007.  After living and working out west, including over eight years in Alaska, she recently moved back to the Midwest to be closer to family.  Since living in Nebraska, she has worked to find ways to reduce the impacts of wind energy facilities and road construction projects on the environment.  When she is not working, Caroline enjoys walking her dogs, kayaking, doing yoga, working in her yard, making pottery, and exploring cultural opportunities.