Antarctica Expedition Team
Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions
Lars-Eric Lindblad pioneered expedition travel to Antarctica when he took the first “citizen explorers” there in 1966. In the 50+ years of our expedition history in Antarctica, the quality of our veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And now that we are aligned with National Geographic, there is no better ice team anywhere.
The team composition
Every expedition sails with a veteran expedition leader and a team of eight naturalists, many of them polar veterans, of a variety of specialties: zoology, biology, ornithology, geology, polar history, and more. Other members of the 15-person team include an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, a video chronicler and a wellness specialist. Together, they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.
More specialties and personalities
Our better than one-to-fifteen staff-to-guest ratio ensures you the benefits of diverse backgrounds, and the freedom to head out on activities with the naturalist whose interests mirror your own. You are never assigned to a specific group, and our team can custom-tailor activities to match your activity level—to make each day of your expedition uniquely yours, and deeply rewarding.
Featured Antarctica Team Members
Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
Film maker Anthony Powell had to design and build a lot of his own camera equipment to withstand the harsh conditions of the deep Antarctic winters. Together with his wife Christine, who he married in Antarctica, he has spent over 100 months there, including 10 winters in months of unending darkness.
Dennis began scuba diving during the mid-1970s as part of a research project. At the time he was a research associate at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona, studying the population of winter hibernating sea turtles. What began as a scientific study soon became a conservation project that expanded to three species of sea turtles along the entire Pacific coast of Mexico. This project received major funding from the World Wildlife Fund and was eventually taken over directly by that agency with Kim Clifton and Dennis Cornejo as co-principal investigators.
Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For over seven years he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park.
The inspiration for Zaria’s drawings began in early childhood when she traveled with her family throughout several of the world's most remote landscapes, which were the subject of her mother's fine art photography. After formal training at Skidmore college she now exhibits extensively in galleries and venues throughout the United States and overseas.
What a fantastic journey! We appreciated the wonderful staff and crew and enjoyed this opportunity to explore such an unusual place.