Expedition Leaders

Our expedition leaders forge teams dedicated to crafting enriching experiences

Our expedition leaders are veteran leaders in the field. Many have advanced degrees and have conducted research or taught for years. They have achieved expedition leader status because they possess the skills, experience and the depth of knowledge necessary to continually craft the best expedition possible for our guests.

We place enormous trust and responsibility in our expedition leaders and provide them with the personnel, resources, and opportunities to ensure remarkable expedition experiences. Because our expedition leaders have been with us for years, many for over three decades, they have an institutional knowledge virtually impossible to match. When wind or weather might preclude a certain landing, they're using their local knowledge and collaboration with the captain to reach a more protected spot where you can go ashore safely—to actively explore. And, because an expedition depends on flexibility and the ability to take advantage of unexpected moments, you can rely on your expedition leader to stop the ship and enable observation and photo ops—whether it’s a 40-ton humpback whale suddenly surfacing nearby, bow-riding dolphins, or a pod of narwhals.

The caliber of our expedition leaders and their teams is the reason our name is respected in the travel industry, and our guests continually entrust their safety, valuable time, and intelligent curiosity to us.  

Featured Expedition Leaders

Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader
Amazon, 15 May 2021
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

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Tom O'Brien

Expedition Leader
Mediterranean, 17 September 2020
Tom O’Brien has been leading and designing expeditions for Lindblad Expeditions since 1985. With a background in physical geography and conservation, a Bavarian heart and a Celtic soul, Tom has been one of the most passionate advocates of the expedition experience around the world for the last twenty years. Many of the local people and communities that we work with today are the result of friendships that Tom and his expedition mates developed many years ago.

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