Add layers of insight and interest to your expedition
Global Perspectives guest speakers add layers of insight and interest to your expedition.
The Global Perspectives guest speakers traveling with you add insight gleaned from their unique experiences to the already engaging, lively, and interesting conversation aboard National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion. Each guest speaker has chosen to voyage with us to be part of the expedition community, to go exploring along with our staff and guests, and to provide perspectives to enhance your overall experience. Guest speakers take part in daily activities, dining, and every aspect of the expedition.
Frances A. Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as a Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), Alaska’s largest public university. Previously, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association. Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. She has served on numerous state and federal boards including the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010, over 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council, and co-chair of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Arctic Climate Change. Ms. Ulmer lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Joe McConnell is an environmental and climate researcher at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute where he is Director of the Ultra-Trace Ice Core Chemistry Laboratory. Raised in Santa Fe, his interest in earth and natural science was influenced heavily by the spectacular setting of northern New Mexico. With degrees in geophysics from Yale and Stanford, he spent nearly 10 years working in oil exploration before returning to graduate school to study hydrology and climate change at the University of Arizona and pursue a career in environmental science.
Andrew Clarke is an ecologist who has spent all of his working life in polar regions. He grew up in London where his lifelong interest in birds started in the city’s many green spaces and on family visits to Norfolk. He studied zoology and geology at Cambridge University, spending the summer of 1968 supporting geological fieldwork in Svalbard.
Dyan (aka “The Penguin Lady”) is both a penguin expert and educator. As a Senior Penguin Aquarist at the New England Aquarium, Dyan hand-raised dozens of penguin chicks, presented daily programs about penguins to aquarium visitors, was a guest expert on several television and radio programs, traveled the globe to work with penguin researchers in the field, and was the content reviewer for several books about penguins. Since starting her own educational company, she has authored the new penguin article for Scholastic Publishing's The New Book of Knowledge encyclopedia.
With a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration, Gregg founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation in 2011, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. The ASC’s goal is to build a bridge between the scientific and outdoor communities. Adventure athletes contact the organization and volunteer to collect data on their travels. ASC matches them with researchers who need help getting expensive, time-consuming, hard-to-reach information. More than a hundred scientific organizations and a thousand adventurers have already participated. Gregg also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.
Dr. Joe MacInnis is the first person to explore the ocean beneath the North Pole. Supported by the Canadian government, he led ten research expeditions under the Arctic Ocean to develop the systems and techniques to make scientific surveys beneath the polar ice cap. His teams built the first undersea polar station and discovered the world’s northernmost known shipwreck.
Prof. Lee R. Berger Ph.D. D.Sc. is a world-renowned paleoanthropologist, physical anthropologist, and archaeologist. Time Magazine called him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2016, and he has received numerous awards including the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award.
Mike Libecki is a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his commitment to exploring the world’s most remote places, including Antarctica, Baffin Island, Greenland, other remote exotic islands, and even unnamed spots on the globe. An accomplished climber, Mike has planned and succeeded on 60 expeditions and established multiple first ascents. He led a National Geographic-sponsored trip (with the dream team of Freddie Wilkinson, Cory Richards, and Keith Ladzinski) to the eastern stretches of Antarctica’s Queen Maud Land, where they battled extreme cold and furious katabatic winds in an epic, ten-day climb to the summit of the untouched Bertha’s Tower at the bottom of the world, which was featured in the popular National Geographic Live! film series. Mike has received numerous grants and awards, and has been in movies/TV shows that have aired on PBS, the National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and more.
The science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Lee Hotz writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more. He has traveled three times to the South Pole.
Peter is the son of Sir Edmund Hillary who was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest with his climbing partner Tenzing Norgay in 1953. He is the first second-generation to climb Mt Everest, he has climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents) and he has been on over 40 mountaineering expeditions around the world.