Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore California in the company of top experts. Benefit from their expertise—marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and benefit from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible place. Enjoy their company; you’ll find them highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a hike.


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  • Alex Krowiak

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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  • Annie Fiske

    Expedition Leader
    Hailing from the Pacific Northwest and spending her first nights in a tent at the tender age of six weeks old, Annie grew up with a love for the outdoors and adventuring. Raised in Tacoma, Washington, she considers herself lucky to have grown up in an area that allowed her to fall in love with the mountains and sea as one. Attending college in Alaska fostered an even stronger love for the untamed beauty of wilderness that Annie holds close today. After spending years working as a research assistant on Kodiak Island, Alaska, and teaching outdoor education, conservation, and guiding in places like Catalina Island, Denali National Park, and Olympic National Park, Annie transitioned into small ship exploration in 2012 and has not looked back.

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  • Deb Goodwin

    Naturalist
    Following her first wilderness paddling expedition as a teen, Deb recognized the power of immersive experience in motivating individuals to value and protect the natural world. She is passionate about creating opportunities for the inquisitive of all ages to engage with remote places and underexplored marine environments. Over the years, Deb has worked as a sailor, educator, and research scientist in the North and South Pacific, the North and equatorial Atlantic, and the Caribbean.

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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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  • JIll Niederberger

    Naturalist
    Jill grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco, California. She has an incredible respect for the ocean that was founded on family vacations to Baja California, and nurtured in the tide pools along the coast of Big Sur.

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  • Luke Correale

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    Growing up in Connecticut, a love of the outdoors was cultivated in Luke from a young age, as he spent most of his time on the water exploring its coast. His mother, a laboratory scientist and master naturalist, and his father, a fine-woodworker and sailor, enrolled him in Audubon summer camps, encouraged and nurtured his fishing skills, and allowed for hours of uninterrupted time in the woods. Throughout high school and college Luke worked as a first mate on a classic Sportfishing vessel out of Montauk, NY. He also worked in guest services at a local seaside hotel where he developed a rich appreciation of all peoples.

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  • Octavio Aburto

    National Geographic Photographer
    National Geographic Explorer and photographer Octavio Aburto focuses his photographic outreach and scientific research on the conservation of marine habitats and commercially important species and their fisheries. He has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994, and also works in Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States. Octavio earned a Ph.D. at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), where he currently serves as an associate professor and research scientist. His images have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international photography contests.

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  • Robyn Wilson

    Wellness Specialist
    Robyn was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Her favorite pastime in her youth was spending time on or near the oceans, either on the beautiful beaches of Miami or on boats in the surrounding waters. She became certified to scuba dive at the age of 16 and was profoundly enamored with the ocean deep, a passion that has remained with her throughout her life. At the age of 20 she embarked on a lifetime of professional and pleasure worldwide sailing adventures.

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  • Sarah Culler

    Video Chronicler
    Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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  • Tom Ritchie

    Naturalist
    Tom is a zoologist and naturalist who has worked in the field of expedition cruising almost since its inception by Lars Lindblad.  Growing up near the Everglades allowed him to spend his youth exploring the swamps, marshes, forests, and reef systems of South Florida, a perfect training ground for his life with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

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