British & Irish Isles Expedition Team

Travel with knowledgeable, engaging companions


The quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And now that we are aligned with National Geographic, there is no better team anywhere.

The team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, and a team of eight naturalists with a variety of specialties: zoology, biology, ornithology, geology, history, and more. Other members of the 15-person team include a National Geographic photographer plus a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist, and a video chronicler. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional region.

More specialties and personalities
our excellent 1-to-10 staff-to-guest ratios ensures you the benefits of diverse personalities and backgrounds, and the freedom to head out on activities with the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. You are never assigned to a specific group, and our team can custom-tailor activities to match your activity level—to make each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.

Featured British & Irish Isles Team Members

  • Clara Fuquen

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Despite her origins high up in the Andes mountains, Clara has built a career working beneath the surface of the world’s oceans. Being trained as a diver in the Colombian Navy, she began her archaeological career working on the 18th century Spanish shipwreck Conquistador. Working on various underwater and terrestrial archaeological sites in the following years, Clara completed an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the Colombian National University, followed by a Masters degree in Maritime Archaeology in the UK’s Southampton University. Her subsequent PhD research focused on traditional boatbuilding in the remote jungles of Colombia’s pacific coast.

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  • Conor Ryan

    Naturalist
    Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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  • Edward Shaw

    Naturalist
    Edward Shaw has travelled widely as a naturalist and guide. For the past 29 years he has lived with his family in northwestern Patagonia, initially working as a teacher and subsequently working in community projects before returning to expedition ships. Edward is deeply committed to the principles behind sustainable development. He is happily married and the father of five children.

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  • Peter Wilson

    Naturalist
    Peter comes from the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. He is both a working archaeologist and a naturalist.  Growing up and living next to the sea, he developed a fascination with whales and dolphins, along with birds and the broader natural world. Ever varied in his interests, he studied English at University College Cork and went on to complete a master’s degree in Old English. 

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