Complete Expedition Team Directory
The key to your experience in the planet’s capitals of wildness and culture
Passionate about the geographies they explore (and return to regularly), our expedition teams illuminate each facet through their enthusiasm and knowledge. They are the ones who write the books, they are the locals; they are the experts that knowledgeable explorers want to travel with again and again. They are the best in their fields. Meet them and see why our staff inspires such passion.
A passionately curious person by nature, Adam spends his time exploring remote destinations around the world with like-minded adventurers and sharing his extensive knowledge about the local flora and fauna. He specializes in the sexual reproduction of marine organisms making his lectures not only educational and eye opening, but extremely entertaining!
Al Trujillo teaches oceanography, geology, and geography at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California (near San Diego), where he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Earth Sciences and co-Director of the Oceanography Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California at Davis and his master’s degree in geology from Northern Arizona University, afterwards working for several years in industry as a developmental geologist, hydrogeologist, and computer specialist.
Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
Alberto has been in love with nature since he was a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River. He would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise, to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water. His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love and respect nature. As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became a biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist.
Dr. Alexander Watson is an ecologist who has a special interest in birds and mammals. He has worked in many regions (including northern and Central Australia, Western Canada, Antarctica and Wallaceae) as a scientist and guide.Most recently he worked for the non-government organisation World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) where he worked with the region’s Traditional Owners to assess threats to species including Gouldian Finch and Black-flanked Rock Wallaby in the North Kimberley.
Alexis' passion is movement. Be it through exercise, dance, body work, yoga or travel; in movement is where she finds strength. Starting dance at an early age, she continued on to college at the North Carolina School of the Arts on a dancing scholarship and later transitioned to the professional contemporary dance world.
Throughout her years of study, performance, and teaching as a professional ballet dancer, Amy Sobesky was drawn to the inspiration and awareness of the mind-body connection through the healing arts. The study of ballet, modern, and flamenco dancing lead her to the practice of meditation, massage, and yoga. She began her training and knowledge of hands on healing with a very powerful session of the Grinberg Method in Berlin, Germany in 2004. Since then she has studied massage therapy in California learning modalities of Swedish and prenatal massage, deep tissue/trigger point work, craniosacral therapy, relaxing hot stone massage, reflexology, acupressure, cupping, and aromatherapy.
National Geographic Photographer
Amy Toensing is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. She has photographed stories from her own backyard in Maine and the Jersey shore to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback. Her stories are primarily intimate essays reflecting the lives of ordinary people.
Andrew Marshall is the founder of Ocean International, an organization being established to facilitate marine
conservation through education and filmmaking.
Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Andy moved from the whale-impoverished shores of Lake Ontario to the west coast of British Columbia to pursue his passion for marine mammals and marine biology. Andy received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Victoria, and was subsequently awarded his doctorate through the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. His graduate work focused on the maternal behavior and foraging ecology of Southeast Alaskan humpback whales; however, he has also participated in studies focused on other marine mammals, including blue, fin, grey, sperm and killer whales.
National Geographic Photographer
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the National Geographic Society, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem.