Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore in the company of top experts on a Galápagos and Peru adventure tour. Benefit from their knowledge—team specialties include marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and passion for the Galápagos to observe and understand more of all you’ll see. And explore Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca with top guides. They are deeply knowledgeable about the history and culture of Peru. Above all, each is passionate about the wonders of the region and dedicated to helping you achieve the richest experience possible on your Galápagos expedition.


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  • Celso Montalvo

    Naturalist
    Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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  • Cindy Manning

    Undersea Specialist
    Born in Lima, Peru, of North American parents, Cindy and her family subsequently lived in several South American and European countries with a couple stops in Peoria, Illinois. Cindy received a degree in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Afterwards, Cindy spent a year and a half teaching science in the Western Province of Kenya, East Africa. 

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  • Crystal Thiele

    Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
    Crystal Thiele is a National Board Certified fifth-grade teacher at PS 321 in Brooklyn, New York. Previously she taught English, world studies and science for nine years at the middle school level and ESL for two years in Japan.Crystal loves to travel and share her experiences with her students. In 2013, she went to the Canadian High Arctic and Greenland with Lindblad Expeditions as a Grosvenor Teaching Fellow. Crystal has a master’s degree in education and is a Math for America Master Teacher. She enjoys being outside, hiking and birding.

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  • Gaby Bohorquez

    Naturalist
    Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her first job in the Galapagos was on board a 90-passenger cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, and she fell under the spell of the Enchanted Isles. She returned to Guayaquil to study at the Espiritu Santo Technological University to obtain a degree in Tourism Management. Her fascination for the islands was still strong so, after finishing her studies, Gaby took the opportunity to join the Naturalist Guide’s course, jointly organized by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. That was back in 1992, and she has been a naturalist since, keeping her deep love and passion for the islands during all these years.

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  • Jeanna Pena

    Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
    Jeanna Peña grew up in Brownsville, Texas, and spent her formative years exploring the Rio Grande Valley Delta and Laguna Madre. She spent her summers volunteering with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network on South Padre Island, venturing south into Mexico’s cloud forests with the Gorgas Science Society and trekking through jungles in Central America studying with indigenous populations to eventually complete “La Ruta Maya” with university colleagues.

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  • Jonatha Giddens

    Guest Speaker
    Ocean ecologist Dr. Jonatha Giddens is a Fellow at the National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab where she is leading global research to better understand deep-ocean ecosystems while inspiring people to care about the ocean through the science, art, and storytelling of deep-ocean exploration.  By mapping biodiversity in the deep-sea and quantifying the relationship between biological communities and the environment in which they live, her research helps us to better understand the ecological processes and human impacts that drive patterns in deep-sea biodiversity, so that we can better steward and protect our oceans. Jonatha grew up in the Berkshires, MA, and lived overseas in the UK and Chile amongst her world travels.  She sailed to Hawaii in 2001, and has called the islands home ever since. Jonatha has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Hawaii. She is a US coast guard certified captain, scuba instructor, yoga teacher certified, and she loves to draw and swim in the ocean.

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  • Jonathan Aguas

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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  • José Guerrero

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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  • Katy Croff Bell

    Guest Speaker
    Dr. Katy Croff Bell is a deep-sea explorer with a background in ocean engineering, maritime archaeology, and geological oceanography, and has led dozens of expeditions around the world. Bell is passionate about developing new ways to better understand the ocean and make it more accessible to everyone around the world. Currently, she is the Founding Director of the Open Ocean Initiative at the MIT Media Lab and a Fellow at the National Geographic Society, developing programs for low-cost, distributed deployment of new and emerging technologies for ocean exploration and community building. 

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  • Margaret Sullivan

    Guest Speaker
    Margaret Sullivan is a junior Mechanical Engineering Student at MIT with a focus in Ocean Engineering.  She is a researcher in the Open Ocean Initiative at the MIT Media Lab with interests in ocean exploration, education, and robotics. Sullivan hopes to combine these passions to help increase understanding and preservation of our oceans. 

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