Expedition Team

No more experienced polar team exists in travel


Our experienced expedition leader and a team of eight naturalists are your conduit to an extraordinary Arctic experience. And the National Geographic photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on board, ours exclusively, are there to help you capture the incredible wildlife photo ops. The undersea specialist will reveal the deep, while our wellness specialist helps you benefit from the tonic of wildness. And our video chronicler will record the entire voyage creating a permanent record for you. Count on the Global Perspectives guest speaker to share the voyage and relevant insights with you.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Dennis Cornejo

    Naturalist

    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.

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  • Erika Larsen

    National Geographic Photographer

    For more than a decade, Erika Larsen has used photography to learn intimately about and document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has been working with National Geographic magazine since 2011, and is currently a National Geographic Society Fellow and Explorer. Among her assignments, she followed Sami reindeer herders in the Scandinavian arctic and explored the significance of the horse in Native American culture. Erika was part of the multi-photographer team that produced the magazine’s 2016 single topic Yellowstone Issue, and she contributed to Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart, published by National Geographic Books. She is also one of the featured photographers in Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which profiles the lives and work of important photojournalists and goes behind the lens of their individual assignments.

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  • Erland Folstad

    Naturalist

    Born in Norway, Erlend has been attracted to nature and wildlife since he was a young man. He started exploring nature early while backcountry skiing, hiking, and hunting in the Norwegian wilderness. He started his professional career as a police officer with a special responsibility for search and rescue, and supervision of hunting in Åndalsnes, in the fjords of Norway.

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  • Gregg Treinish

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

    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.

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  • Jim Kelley

    Naturalist

    A native of California, Jim has been going to sea for most of his life. Jim grew up by the ocean in Southern California, did his undergraduate work in geology at Pomona College, and received his Ph.D. in geology from the University of Wyoming. In 1966 he joined the faculty of the Department of Oceanography at the University of Washington, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Department of Biomathematics. In 1970-71 he was Fulbright Professor at the University of Athens and Senior Research Scientist at the Democritos Greek Atomic Energy Commission.

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  • Peter Wilson

    Naturalist

    Peter comes from the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. He is both a working archaeologist and a naturalist.  Growing up and living next to the sea, he developed a fascination with whales and dolphins, along with birds and the broader natural world. Ever varied in his interests, he studied English at University College Cork and went on to complete a master’s degree in Old English. 

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  • Russell Evans

    Expedition Leader

    Russ Evans is a sixth-generation Falkland Islander now living in Orkney, Scotland. In 1997, he was drawn away from his work on the family farm by the lure of the sea. Since then, he has made his living at sea. As a licensed captain, Russ has been part of a variety of marine endeavors, including commercial tugs, dive boat support, scientific research, sightseeing tours, cruise ships, and since 2003, an expedition leader on expedition ships worldwide but specializing in the polar regions.

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