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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  • Acacia Johnson

    National Geographic Photographer
    Acacia Johnson is a photographer, artist, and writer from Alaska, focused on human relationships to the Earth's polar regions. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Acacia received a Fulbright grant to Canada in 2014, to spend a winter documenting the Inuit’s evolving relationship with their environment on Baffin Island. Since then, she has been increasingly interested in anthropological themes in the Arctic and Antarctica. Johnson’s work has been featured by numerous publications, including digital stories for National Geographic about the Inuit community on Baffin Island, snow algae and sea ice in polar environments, and wildlife on Antarctica’s Deception Island caldera. Acacia has made over 55 expeditions to the polar regions—Greenland, Svalbard, the Canadian Arctic, and Antarctica—frequently lecturing on photography, Arctic indigenous culture, and visual representations of these unique regions. Most recently, Johnson returned to Baffin Island for two months in 2018 for her project Sea Ice Stories.

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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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  • 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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  • Carol Knott

    Naturalist
    Carol studied archaeology, history and philosophy at the University of Glasgow, her native city. She spent many years as an archaeologist in the southeast of England, specializing in medieval ceramics and the conservation of historic houses and gardens. Since 1988 she has worked as an archaeologist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, living in a crofting village on the Isle of Lewis, and was formerly archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland for their World Heritage site of St Kilda. Her great pleasure is to explore the cultures of Scotland, Europe and the North Atlantic, and to bring them to life for a modern audience. 

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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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  • Dennis Cornejo

    Naturalist
    Dennis has spent more than half of his life working with Lindblad Expeditions. He first studied biology in the Sonoran Desert. It was his work with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that brought him into contact with Sven Lindblad. Dennis was working with sea turtles in Mexico, desert tadpoles in southern Arizona and evaluating various legume trees for arid lands agriculture throughout the Sonoran Desert. Sven asked him if he would be interested in working on a ship as a naturalist in Baja California… a simple ‘yes’ turned out to be perhaps the most important decision he ever made!

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  • Ella Potts

    Naturalist
    Ella’s passion has always been in marine conservation, with a childhood spent swimming, kayaking or boating in the chilly waters of the UK, or surveying the marine life of those waters from windswept headlands. She has numerous, distinct early memories of shivering adults, wrapped up in jumpers and cagoules, looking down at her with slight horror through sheets of rain and commenting on her short sleeves. A phenomena that persists to this day.  She graduated with a Masters degree in Marine Biology: Conservation and Resource Management from Swansea University, setting her up for a career protecting those marine ecosystems that she so loves. Ella has worked for several British whale conservancy charities, including ORCA and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and is a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medic. She has a real passion for lecturing, and during her time in these different organizations has presented to vastly ranging audiences; from groups of young children right up to filled auditoriums at the headquarters of HWDT partner, WWF. 

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  • James Coyer

    Naturalist
    It was Malle and Cousteau’s The Silent World, viewed in a dusty meeting hall on a wintry day in central Wisconsin that forged Jim’s dream and commitment to become a marine biologist.  Never mind that he was only 8 at the time and that it would be another 13 years before I finally felt the spray of an ocean on my face.

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  • Karen Copeland

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    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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  • Michael Jackson

    Naturalist
    An experienced traveler, Michael has lived on several continents, including a year spent working as a naturalist and zoologist in Galápagos and three months in Kenya conducting a study of birds of prey. He is the author of Galápagos: A Natural History, a comprehensive guidebook which details the natural history of the plants and animals found on the islands. 

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