Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions


Over our 30+ years in Baja California, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship are the reasons the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, together with National Geographic, there is no better team anywhere.

 

Expedition team composition
Explore with the largest team in the region. Every expedition sails with a six-person team including a veteran expedition leader and five naturalists. Other members of the team include an undersea specialist and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, plus a wellness specialist. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

More specialties and personalities
We offer more naturalists per guest than any other company in Baja California. Our excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures a healthy diversity of naturalist specialties—marine biology, evolutionary biology, ornithology, and more—and personalities. You are never directed into groups. You’re free to gravitate to the naturalists whose interests mirror your own. And our team will make each day of your expedition deeply rewarding.

Featured Baja California Team Members

  • Adrian Cerda

    Naturalist
    Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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  • Carlos Navarro

    Undersea Specialist
    Carlos J. Navarro is a biochemist specializing in marine biology, a M. Sc. in Environmental Management and a freelance wildlife photographer/author. Carlos has spent most of the last 30 years living along the shores of the Sea of Cortez and participating in numerous scientific, conservation and environmental education projects on the vaquita, marine invertebrates, sea birds, great white sharks, baleen whales, jaguars and crocodiles. Carlos’ six years of jaguar research provided the basis of ONCA MAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to jaguar conservation based in Cancun, of which he is a founding member and still serves as a scientific advisor. He loves being underwater, either free-diving or using SCUBA gear and have had the chance to explore the underwater realms of Alaska, Mexico, Svalbard, the trans-Atlantic ridge islands, the Caribbean and both coasts of South America from Panama to Chile and Brazil to Argentina. 

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  • John Mitchell

    Expedition Leader
    Raised in the mountains of Crested Butte, Colorado, John has always been a “child of nature,” where the natural world around him was life’s classroom.  After graduating from Colorado State University with degrees in Speech Communication and Biology, John joined Lindblad Expeditions.  Over the years with Lindblad he tried to learn every aspect of vessel operations while spending his “free time” learning all that he could from the naturalists on board.  His time off the boats was spent traveling throughout North, South, and Central America learning more about the areas.  John left “for a spell” to pursue a post-graduate degree in marine ecology in Hawaii, fell in love with island life and now calls Maui home.

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  • Octavio Maravilla

    Naturalist
    Octavio was born in Mexico City and moved to La Paz at age 19, to study Marine Biology at the Baja California Sur State University. He began his field research on California sea lions, working at Los Islotes, a small rookery close to La Paz City. Later, he expanded his research to all the sea lion colonies in the Gulf of California and over the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula — aside sea lions, he studied three other species of Mexican pinnipeds, harbor seals, elephant seals, and Guadalupe fur seals.

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  • Rodrigo Moterani

    Video Chronicler
    Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil, where he still lives. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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Overheard

What a pleasure this week was. Can't believe how fast it went! Thank you all for providing memories that will be with us always. The interactions with the whales were nothing short of magical.
Dianna & Sarah

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