Expedition Team

Our knowledgeable team is the key to your incredible adventure


Take an Alaska adventure trip in the company of the region’s most knowledgeable staff, and enjoy the best staff-to-guest ratio—for greater choice and diversity of interest and personalities. Benefit from their expertise: marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible place. Our naturalists are also knowledgeable about Haida culture, the wildlife, and the intimate connections between them. Plus two Haida interpreters will offer local perspective and insight. Our onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you capture key moments, regardless of your skill level. And additional photo instructors plus a National Geographic photographer accompany our Photo Expedition departures—enhancing the quality of your experience.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Amy Sobesky

    Wellness Specialist

    Throughout her years of study, performance, and teaching as a professional ballet dancer, Amy Sobesky was drawn to the inspiration and awareness of the mind-body connection through the healing arts.  The study of ballet, modern, and flamenco dancing lead her to the practice of meditation, massage, and yoga.  She began her training and knowledge of hands on healing with a very powerful session of the Grinberg Method in Berlin, Germany in 2004.  Since then she has studied massage therapy in California learning modalities of Swedish and prenatal massage, deep tissue/trigger point work, craniosacral therapy, relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, acupressure, cupping, and aromatherapy.

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  • Emily Pickering

    Undersea Specialist

    Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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  • Eric Barnes

    Video Chronicler

    Eric is a native of Southern California and has been taking pictures for as long as he can remember.  He made a career as a news photographer, working for local and national news agencies.  As a photojournalist, Eric has documented some of the most important news events both nationally and around the world.  He has covered everything from the tsunami in Thailand to the war in Afghanistan and countless other compelling stories.

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  • Larry Hobbs

    Naturalist

    Larry has been involved in marine mammal research and natural history education for over 25 years.  His undergraduate training is in zoology, with graduate work in marine biology.  He also holds a master's degree in psychology and is a certified counselor in the State of Washington.  In addition to his academic training, Larry has spent many years at sea, including two years as mate or master aboard open-ocean sailing ships.  Larry's photographs have appeared in Europe, Asia, Australia and Mexico as well as the United States.

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  • Larry Prussin

    Expedition Leader

    Larry has been a naturalist for more than 35 years.  His experience includes extensive work in environmental education in Ohio, Vermont and Yosemite National Park where he was program director for the Yosemite Institute.  He has been a ranger at Mohican State Park, Lehman Caves National Monument, and Glacier Bay National Park where he first met up with Lindblad Expeditions–National Geographic in 1990.

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  • Lauren Buchholz

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

    Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lauren has lived, worked, and traveled from the historic districts of the northeastern U.S. to the dramatic landscapes of the American west. 

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  • Paolo Marra-Biggs

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver

    Paolo grew up just five miles from the ocean and for as long as he can remember, he’s always spent his free time in and around the water. As a high school student, he volunteered during the summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and he was an active Junior Lifeguard. 

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  • Sean Neilson

    Naturalist

    The summer after Sean graduated from college, he waited tables in Yellowstone to delay entering “the real world”. It was there, in the unending beauty of such a special place, where he realized the natural world was the real world—and it had captured him. 

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  • Sharon Grainger

    Naturalist

    Sharon’s degrees in psychology and anthropology from Eastern Washington University have given her a good base to pursue her profession as a naturalist and photographer. She has developed a portfolio of images encompassing her many interests, including photographs from travel, herbal medicine, ethnobotany, indigenous cultures, and natural and cultural history.

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