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

  • Beau Sylte

    Video Chronicler
    Beau has been producing professional videos and films since 2007 and has been to 29 countries with Lindblad Expeditions. Originally from Seattle, Beau now lives in Southeast Alaska after falling in love with the place while working in the Inside Passage as a video chronicler with Lindblad between 2008 and 2012. Recently Beau has done full-time video marketing work for companies like REI and has started a video production and advertising company in Juneau called Alaska in Motion. When not working on video and marketing consultation, Beau is training to be a volunteer firefighter with Capital City Fire and Rescue in Juneau.

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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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  • Flip Nicklin

    National Geographic Photographer
    Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood.  His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla.

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  • Gretchen Pederson

    Naturalist
    Gretchen became intrigued by plants, animals, and the out-of-doors at an early age while growing up in the San Francisco Bay area. Tolerant and encouraging parents permitted almost any pet imaginable, which provided excellent opportunities for her to observe animal behavior. Later, at the University of California, Davis, she focused her studies on zoology before completing a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology at Humboldt State University. As a graduate student, through a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, she researched the feeding ecology of mallards and northern pintails, a project that combined her interests in ornithology, botany, and invertebrate zoology - all lifelong passions that she still pursues today.

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  • Linda Burback

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    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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  • Ralph Lee Hopkins

    National Geographic Photographer
    National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is the founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years he has lead expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between.

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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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