Expedition Team

Our team is essential to the quality of your experience


The quality of our veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for exceptional expeditions. Add to that the fact that National Geographic Orion’s expedition team also includes a complement of veteran naturalists well-versed in the flora, fauna and human history of the South Pacific. You can travel with complete confidence with our Fiji tour guides, assured of the richest, most in-depth experience of this fascinating region possible.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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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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  • Cristiana Damiano

    Naturalist
    Cristiana was born and raised in Brazil.  Being surrounded by natural beauty and diverse culture instilled her desire for exploration at a young age.  Her passion for wilderness, different cultures and inhospitable regions led her to pursue a career in ecology, oceanography and, ultimately, the pursuit of a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and coral reef ecology in Australia.  Her travels have taken her to the Amazon and Borneo jungles, the higher mountains of Southeast Asia, the Great Barrier Reef and Far Northern Reefs, Papua New Guinea villages, volcanoes in Guatemala and the deep seas in many remote islands around the globe. 

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  • David Cothran

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    David has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in over 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.

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  • Jacob Edgar

    Cultural Specialist
    Jacob is an ethnomusicologist, world music tastemaker and global explorer with an insatiable curiosity for the diverse ways in which people express themselves through music.  Jacob’s adventures have taken him to dozens of countries, and hundreds of the world’s greatest international music festivals, showcases and performance venues in search of exceptional musical talents.

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  • Jimmy White

    Naturalist
    Jimmy has been coordinating education and research teams for national universities, international non-government organizations, and documentary companies for more than 10 years. Jimmy’s expertise lies in the coordination and implementation of field education and remote area research.

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  • Joe MacInnis

    Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
    Joe MacInnis is a medical doctor, author and storyteller who’s pioneering research on undersea science and engineering projects earned him his nation’s highest honour — the Order of Canada. He currently studies leadership in high risk environments and gives leadership presentations in North America and Europe. His audiences have included Microsoft, IBM, National Geographic, Rolex, Visa, Toyota and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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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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  • Mike Greenfelder

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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  • Rodrigo Moterani

    Video Chronicler
    Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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  • Sisse Brimberg

    National Geographic Photographer
    Born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sisse Brimberg has been a regular photographer for National Geographic since 1976, when a Danish grant allowed her to study photojournalism at the Society. She worked as an apprentice in a commercial photo studio while attending photography school, and later operated her own studio in Copenhagen for five years before coming to National Geographic.

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