Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore Japan in the company of top experts. Benefit from their knowledge—team specialties include history, wildlife, Asian cultures, and more—and a passion for the places you’ll explore. And enjoy the company of our travel guides; you’ll find them highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a walk.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

Or
  • Andy Wolff

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    A Midwestern kid with an insatiable curiosity about places far and foreign, Andy has converted a lucky break after college into a career at sea. From swabbing the decks to advocating for artisans and zooming in Zodiacs, he knows the operation from every department on board. What keeps him fresh after nearly two decades working at sea is waking up somewhere new every morning, the day ahead a blank slate with no way of knowing what marvels nature and serendipity may bring his way. Andy looks forward to sharing this sense of wonder and possibility with guests as they venture together into new realms with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

    Read More
  • James Whitlow Delano

    National Geographic Photographer
    Photographer and documentary storyteller James Whitlow Delano has made Tokyo his home for over two decades while pursuing his passion for the environment, human rights, and indigenous cultures. James has traveled and photographed extensively throughout Japan, from Kyoto to the famous pilgrimage route in Shikoku, to the northern wonderland of Hokkaido, and beyond. Since 2011, he has documented the aftermath of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, resulting in his fourth book, “Black Tsunami: Japan 2011.” His photography series documenting the 1.5 million sacks of radioactive soil in Fukushima Prefecture on the fifth anniversary of the disaster, was featured by National Geographic. Recently, his work for National Geographic hasalso focused on documentary projects around the United States/Mexico border.

    Read More
  • Karen Velas

    Naturalist
    Karen Velas cares deeply about protecting the environment and its wildlife.  Over the last 15 years, she has been involved with numerous conservation projects, including working as the Lead Project Coordinator on the California Condor Project with The National Audubon Society, managing projects in the flooded rice fields of California’s Central Valley with The Nature Conservancy and surveying the distant cliffs of Iceland to aid in puffin recovery with the South Iceland Research Centre.

    Read More
  • Mike Greenfelder

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

    Read More
  • Paul North

    Naturalist
    Paul North is the founder of the educational nonprofit Meet the Ocean and host of its online podcast. As a polar diver with Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of Antarctica and other sub-zero destinations to emphasize the importance, diversity, and unexpected color of the invertebrate kingdom.

    Read More
  • Stephen Fisher

    Historian
    Stephen was born in Singapore, but spent his early childhood on British Forces bases in Germany and his teens in the iconic World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. The combination of armored cars behind the school playground and the view of 4,000-year-old burial mounds from his bedroom window created a deep fascination with history, which he has made into his profession.

    Read More

Get our newsletter

Join us for updates, insider reports & special offers.

Privacy Policy