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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  • Adam Maire

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Naturalist, underwater videographer, captain, and historian, Adam Maire is dedicated to exploring around the globe with a goal of researching, documenting, and teaching others about the beauty, the power and the importance of the earth’s wild places. With degrees in animal science, history and a Scuba Diving Instructor certification, he is passionate about finding extraordinary ways to help others understand the links between the worlds that exist both above and below the surface of the ocean. As a temperate and cold-water diver, he is able to capture video and images of rarely seen marine life to create real connections with the underwater world.

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  • Ashley Karitis

    Video Chronicler
    Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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  • Christine West

    Undersea Specialist
    Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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  • Larry Hobbs

    Naturalist
    Larry has been involved in marine mammal research and natural history education for over 45 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 is a professional photographer and his photographs have appeared in Europe, Asia, Australia and Mexico as well as the United States.

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  • Linda Burback

    Naturalist
    Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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  • Patrick Duggan

    Expedition Leader
    Patrick grew up in the historic town of Charleston, South Carolina, a destination overflowing with resources for a young explorer. Patrick’s parents happily encouraged daily pursuits such as sailing, hiking, and camping in the endless coastal wetlands. In addition to his love of the outdoors, history was another fascination. Influenced by his hometown, Patrick learned the benefit of understanding the historical significance of the places he explored.

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  • Sharon Grainger

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    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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  • Tessa Taft

    Wellness Specialist
    Tessa is here to keep you energized and offer you new perspectives on the life you live. From her own global traveling experiences and worldly educational background, she realized from the beginning to start asking: If not now, when?

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