Pacific Northwest Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions


Over the 20+ years of our history on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the quality of our veteran staff and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, together with National Geographic, there is no better team anywhere.

The team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. They’re engaging travel companions, and their various areas of expertise will illuminate this remarkable region.

More specialties and personalities
Our excellent ratio of one staff to 12 guests ensures more insight and personalities. You are never directed into groups or assigned when exploring with us, and when there’s an option for different activities—say a hike, kayak excursion, or nature stroll—you’re free to gravitate to the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. 

 

Featured Pacific Northwest Team Members

  • Bob Gatten

    Historian
    Dr. Robert Gatten is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in animal physiology.  He has published over 50 articles and book chapters on the physiology of exercise, diving, hibernation, and food processing.  He served as Head of the Department of Biology and as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences over a period of 16 years.  He taught a freshman seminar on the expedition of Lewis and Clark.

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  • Grace Winer

    Naturalist
    Geologist and naturalist, Grace is a native of Montana and received her degrees in geology (B.S. and M.Sc.) from Montana State University.  Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, she pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands.  Here she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption.  Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.

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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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Overheard

All were just great.  Can't say enough about how impressed we were with captain, hotel manager, officers, and crew! Wonderful job.  Thank you!
Arthur S.

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