Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


For over 40 years, the quality and breadth of our staff has set us apart as a leader in high-caliber expeditions. Our alliance with National Geographic broadens our pool of experts exponentially. Each historian and naturalist is deeply knowledgeable about these geographies. You're free to join any naturalist you wish for various activities. Our excellent staff-to-guest ratio ensures a variety of perspectives and personalities to enjoy

The team composition
Whether it's on the deck, on walks through coastal towns and archeological sites, or in enlightening lectures on board, your team of an expedition leader, eight historians/naturalists, a National Geographic photographer, a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist and a Global Perspectives guest speaker will illuminate all you see. Our wellness specialist is on call for treatments. And our video chronicler will create a lasting record of your unique voyage.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Alexandra Van Nostrand

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    Alexandra is happiest when chasing waterfalls, exploring wilderness, or reveling in a good story. With a background in experiential learning, logistics and global fieldwork, she loves to marvel in the vastness of the polar regions and is thrilled to adventure on the world’s oceans after many years hoofing over various continents. 

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  • Alyssa Adler

    Undersea Specialist
    As a young marine biologist, Alyssa Adler has had the opportunity to work as a diver in many capacities. For several years, she was a dedicated AAUS scientific diver for University of North Carolina on an offshore reef ecology project, and has participated in several of NOAA’s reef survey missions. She has been diving with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions as an underwater videographer and ocean educator since 2014 and has fostered a love for the poles and extreme cold-water diving, spending most of her time underwater in sub-freezing temperatures.

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  • Caleb Little

    Cultural Specialist
    Caleb Little is a classic nature lover. He was born and raised in the Great White North in Canada’s newest Capital City, Iqaluit, Nunavut just 3 degrees South of the Arctic Circle. Much of his upbringing included lots of camping and hunting time but also time on farms in the Eastern-Maritimes in Canada. Being half Inuk and half Irish-Canadian, Caleb has a unique perspective of the relationships between the peoples’ of the Arctic and Southern Canada. He has traveled to every part of the Country and as an opportunist, will always jump onboard a trip to another part of the world. With his lengthy experience in the criminal justice system as a Deputy Sheriff, Caleb has also traveled to all parts of his home territory, Nunavut, to conduct various types of work.

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  • Clara Fuquen

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Despite her origins high up in the Andes mountains, Clara has built a career working beneath the surface of the world’s oceans. Being trained as a diver in the Colombian Navy, she began her archaeological career working on the 18th century Spanish shipwreck Conquistador. Working on various underwater and terrestrial archaeological sites in the following years, Clara completed an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the Colombian National University, followed by a Masters degree in Maritime Archaeology in the UK’s Southampton University. Her subsequent PhD research focused on traditional boatbuilding in the remote jungles of Colombia’s pacific coast.

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  • Daniel Odess

    Cultural Specialist
    Daniel (Dan) Odess has conducted archaeological research across the Arctic, including Zhokhov Island in the Russian High Arctic, the coast of Chukotka, dozens of sites in interior and coastal Alaska, and Baffin Island in Canada. 

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  • Doug Gould

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

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  • Emmett Clarkin

    Naturalist
    Emmett developed his love of nature and the environment from growing up in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland.  His passion for the ocean came from time spent on family trips to the wild Atlantic coastlines of County Donegal.After studying for his Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology, Emmett completed a Masters in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, and a PhD in Marine Ecology.  He was given the Bright Sparks Award by the Irish Marine Institute, allowing him to undertake his doctoral research out at sea, studying the ecology of macroalgae and the connectivity of marine communities in the Northeast Atlantic.

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  • Jamie Coleman

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jamie is from England. He grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the UK, yet somehow decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. It was no surprise that in 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.

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  • Jeff Kerby

    National Geographic Photographer
    Jeff Kerby is an award-winning natural history photographer with a passion for science. His work spans the globe—from the deserts of Namibia to the mountains of East Africa—but his focus on animals and plants in extreme environments inevitably draws him back toward the poles. After spending five seasons as a researcher studying caribou in Greenland, he photographed his first feature story for National Geographic magazine in 2017 on gelada monkeys living in the chilly highlands of Ethiopia. With support from the National Geographic Society, Jeff has since returned to the Arctic via Siberia and the islands of Canada’s far north to use photography to explore the widespread, but often subtle, changes to Arctic flora and fauna. This work blends classic natural history photography with technical scientific imaging to tell stories that span individual animals to entire landscapes captured in 3D and in colors beyond what the human eye can see.

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  • Karen Copeland

    Naturalist
    Born and raised in Canada, Karen received her B.Sc. in biology from the University of Waterloo, her M.D. from the University of Western Ontario and interned at McMaster University in Hamilton. Detouring from hospital hallways, Karen soon became a whitewater guide and published photographer, fulfilling a passion for knowledge that began with botany and led to geology and ornithology.

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