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 confidence with our French Polynesia travel guides, assured of the richest, most in-depth experience of this fascinating region possible.


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  • Adrienne Bosworth

    Assistant Expedition Leader

    Adrienne revels in rain and smoothly constructed sentences. Most days, she’d choose a rocky beach over a sandy one, and if possible would survive happily on smoked salmon. Working for Lindblad allows Adrienne unparalleled access to her home waters in Southeast Alaska, while basking in Central American sunshine in the winter months. She finds distinct satisfaction in wrangling expedition logistics both on board and ashore, and many of her most poignant wildlife experiences have been on Lindblad vessels.

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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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  • Beau Price

    Divemaster

    Born on the Northern Beaches, New South wales and raised on the coast of tropical Queensland, Australia, Beau developed his love for the ocean and all things water at an early age.  Throughout high school, he began planning his career to revolve around water, and became a Dive Master. Propelled by his passion, he quickly climbed the ranks to become a Master Instructor, teaching and supervising various specialties, both in technical and recreational diving. During this time, he also became the head service technician for a number of companies and founded NARC’D Diving Services.

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  • Brent Stephenson

    Expedition Leader

    Brent Stephenson was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood, and in 2005 completed his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand.  In 2003, along with Sav Saville, co-owner of their bird-guiding business, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird known previously from only three museum specimens collected during the 1800s.  With support from National Geographic, he led a team conducting further research on this enigmatic seabird.

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  • Christina Thompson

    Guest Speaker

    Christina Thompson works at Harvard University, where she is the editor of the Harvard Review. She is also the author of two books on the Pacific: Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the forthcoming Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia. 

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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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  • Deb Goodwin

    Naturalist

    Following her first wilderness paddling expedition as a teen, Deb recognized the power of immersive experience in motivating individuals to value and protect the natural world. She is passionate about creating opportunities for the inquisitive of all ages to engage with remote places and underexplored marine environments. Over the years, Deb has worked as a sailor, educator, and research scientist in the North and South Pacific, the North and equatorial Atlantic, and the Caribbean.

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  • Eric Wehrmeister

    Video Chronicler

    Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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  • Jonathan Irish

    National Geographic Photographer

    During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, travel and conservation photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program, bringing travelers and photographers around the world on active adventures. 

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  • Lida Teneva

    Naturalist

    Dr. Lida Teneva grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria, in Eastern Europe, and wanted to be an explorer from an early age. Today, she is a coral reef scientist, marine conservationist, and educator, with 13 years of experience accumulated in Barbados, Dominican Republic, Australia (Great Barrier Reef), French Polynesia, Palau, the Northern Line Islands (Palmyra Atoll), Hawaii, and Fiji. She has worked on ancient and modern coral reefs, reconstructing past climate change and predicting future changes to reefs. 

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