Expedition Team

Our superb team is key to the quality of your experience


Our unparalleled expedition team assures you an engaging, in-depth experience, and our generous ratio of 1 staff to 10-15 guests means more choice in activities, and more diverse personalities and interests you can gravitate to. The team consists of: a veteran expedition leader, eight naturalists/historians, a National Geographic photographer plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a Global Perspectives guest speaker, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Each member of the team contributes to the quality of your experience.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Alex Searle

    Cultural Specialist
    Born in Chile and raised in Argentina, Alex spent his childhood living in different parts of these countries and getting to know the local cultures.

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  • Alexandra Van Nostrand

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    Alexandra is happiest when chasing waterfalls, exploring wilderness, or reveling in a good story. Her travels have brought her from Asia, to Central and South America, to the Pacific Islands, and across the United States. Alexandra is thrilled to take her adventures to the sea after many years of hoofing it across various continents. Her day-pack includes local flora and fauna field guides, a blank journal, travel watercolor set, and dark chocolate at all times.

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  • Caitlyn Webster

    Undersea Specialist
    Caitlyn grew up entranced by the sea. She first became SCUBA certified while in high school in southern California and found her true passion diving and studying marine life. After graduating from Cal Poly State University: San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Marine Science and Fisheries, she began her career in research diving operations and logistics. Through different universities and various opportunities, Caitlyn has been fortunate enough to travel to particularly remote parts of the world, sharing her enthusiasm for exploring the seas and marine conservation.

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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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  • John Frick

    Naturalist
    Although he didn’t set out for a life of travel, John has combined his passions for education and exploring the world and turned them into a successful career leading trips around the globe. 

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  • Krista Rossow

    National Geographic Photographer
    Krista Rossow is a freelance photographer and educator based near Eugene, Oregon. Her specialty of travel photography has allowed her to travel the globe photographing everything from people and cultures to wildlife and landscapes. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. She shoots nationally and internationally for travel publications such as National Geographic Traveler. Her latest assignments had her bumping down potholed dirt roads exploring a surfer’s paradise in Costa Rica and visiting a Zulu farm in the stunning countryside near Durban, South Africa.

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  • Lucho Verdesoto

    Expedition Leader
    Born and raised in the tropical country of Ecuador, Lucho is a passionate naturalist that has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1998. With a marine biology background, he started as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands in 1994. Since then, he has filled numerous roles with Lindblad-National Geographic, such as naturalist, undersea specialist and expedition leader in the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, and Baja California.

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  • Mark Coger

    Video Chronicler
    Growing up in a military family, Mark Coger has been traveling most of his life.  While living in Japan, he developed his passion for videography.  He began his venture in the field of video production by filming numerous events for a local high school and the military community before moving to Southern California, where he obtained his degree in filmmaking at California State University Northridge.  From there, he went on to produce and direct his first major short film, An American Journalist which was screened at the Method Film Festival.

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  • Melo Veron

    Divemaster
    Born in France and a dive instructor since 1999, Mélo has traveled the planet for many years and spent more than 7,500 hours underwater. She has explored the seas and lakes of France and Europe, the Maldives, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, the Caribbean, South America, and East Africa, but for the last six years she has called Polynesia home. From the moment she arrived she fell in love with the spectacular fish-filled waters and sublime colors that only the South Pacific can provide. Along with her divemaster husband Vincent Truchet, Mélo will manage and guide our guest dive program aboard NG Orion.

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  • Paolo Marra-Biggs

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Paolo grew up just five miles from the ocean and for as long as he can remember, he’s always spent his free time in and around the water. As a high school student, he volunteered during the summer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and he was an active Junior Lifeguard. 

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