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 Jenkins

    Naturalist
    Adam began sailing as a boy off of Port Townsend WA. He acquired his Master Mariners license at age 18 and began working as a yacht captain aboard Puget Sound charter yachts. After attending the University of Washington, Adam embarked on a single-handed voyage down the Pacific Coast aboard Saint Brendan, his 27-foot sloop. On this voyage, he explored the Sea of Cortez, transited the Panama Canal, circumnavigated the Caribbean Sea and explored the eastern seaboard from Florida to Nova Scotia. During this four-year voyage, Adam made a living as a professional sailor, sailing as master aboard various vessels in the Caribbean Sea and lived aboard his boat in Guatemala and Belize for a year. Other global adventures include traveling the length of Pakistan by train and four-wheel drive truck, trekking in the Hindu Kush, exploring Patagonia and climbing in Torres Del Paine National Park, skippering the expedition yacht MV Peregrine in South East Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands BC (Haida Gwaii).

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  • David Jaffe

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    For more than 25 years David Jaffe has guided and taught a variety of audiences about our natural world and our connection with it. His childhood interest in natural systems eventually brought him to Evergreen State College where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geology, followed by a M.S in Applied Ecology from the University of Vermont. Mingling an academic background with experience working around the world in exceptionally diverse environments, he is able to efficiently observe, understand, and interpret natural and cultural history.

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  • Eric Guth

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Eric began work with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2006 as a means to see the world, work with great photographers and engage his environmental studies degree beyond the classroom. His initial years with the company were spent working the waters of Southeast Alaska and Baja California. His move to the National Geographic Explorer in 2008 helped earn him the experience and knowledge needed to establish himself as a trusted boat handler, naturalist and respected photographer in nearly all the environments Lindblad-National Geographic travels.

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  • Kim Nesbitt

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Kim is a marine biologist, adventure photographer, and full-time nomad. Not a fan of having her feet solidly on the ground, she spends most of the year diving, paragliding, skiing, hiking, kayaking, and working on ships. She made it to all seven continents by age 24 and still has plenty of traveling left to do.

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  • Rab Cummings

    Expedition Leader
    Born near Seattle, Washington, Rab enjoyed a highly unconventional childhood as the son of a veterinary science professor. He spent his youth paddling canoes through Canada’s hinterlands, deepening his love and understanding of the natural world. 

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  • Ronan Donovan

    National Geographic Photographer
    A biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, Ronan Donovan’s camera has taken him to all seven continents in search of elusive wildlife and stories about our natural world. His desire to use visual storytelling as a way to reach a greater audience was sparked after spending 2011 studying wild chimpanzees in the canopy in Uganda for Harvard University. Donovan's photographic journeys for National Geographic magazine include an entire year living inside Yellowstone National Park documenting the life of wild wolves, covering the human-wildlife conflict between wild chimpanzees and humans in Africa, and hiking volcanoes to photograph mountain gorillas. He has also made multiple trips to Alaska and Canada's western coast, from the Inside Passage to the San Juan Islands and beyond.

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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. With five generations of artists behind her, she has developed a portfolio of images covering many interests including indigenous cultures, ethnobotany, natural and cultural history. Photography gives voice and interpretation to her experience of the world. Spending many years with Native peoples has dramatically affected her attitude towards how and what she sees. She recognized, through these experiences, the diversity of peoples around the world. This began a lifelong curiosity about the variety of ways in which different cultures relate to each other and this planet.

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