Expedition Team

Our superb team is key to the quality of your experience

Our unparalleled team of Antarctica travel guides assure you an engaging, in-depth experience, and our generous staff-to-guest ratio of 1:10 means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. An expedition leader, eight naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, undersea specialist, video chronicler and a wellness specialist all contribute to your experience of the wonders.

Meet the expedition team for this departure

  • Brent Stephenson

    Expedition Leader
    Brent Stephenson was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood, and in 2005 completed his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand.  In 2003, along with Sav Saville, co-owner of their bird-guiding business, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird known previously from only three museum specimens collected during the 1800s.  With support from National Geographic, he led a team conducting further research on this enigmatic seabird.

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  • Johanna Werminghausen

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    Johanna grew up landlocked in a small town in Southern Germany. She realized at an early age that she wanted to see more of the world than the foot of the Swabian Alps and every year, she would beg her parents to spend the summers near the sea. 

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  • Maria Stenzel

    National Geographic Photographer
    Maria Stenzel is a longtime Contributing Photographer to National Geographic Magazine and a documentary filmmaker. She first voyaged to Antarctica by icebreaker in 1995 on a winter science expedition to study the growth of sea ice in the Southern Ocean.  Hooked by the vast spaces of Antarctica, Maria has returned to cover many other expeditions funded by the National Science Foundation. She has photographed geology in the Dry Valleys, astronomy at the South Pole, Emperor and Adelie penguin research at Cape Crozier, Weddell Seal studies in McMurdo Sound, NASA’s airborne surveys of the Antarctic Peninsula (Operation IceBridge), unmanned submarine surveys beneath ice shelves in the Amundsen Sea, humpback whale studies and the marine ecology of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, and the Weddell Sea.

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  • Ralph Lee Hopkins

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    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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