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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.

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Adam Cropp

Naturalist

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!

 

Ailsa Mainman

Historian

Ailsa was born in England, but grew up in northern Canada before returning to the U.K. to study archaeology.  As a student she participated on digs throughout Europe and the Middle East, and chose the links between Denmark and England in the Anglo-Saxon period as a study for her doctoral thesis.  She counts herself as privileged to have spent much of her career as part of York Archaeological Trust’s team, researching and publishing the discoveries from the  internationally renowned  “Viking Dig” in York.

 

Alan Trujillo

Naturalist

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.

 

Alastair Newton

Expedition Leader

Alastair started his naturalist career as a wilderness guide in Denali National Park in Alaska, while studying for his degree in biology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  During his seven years in Alaska, Alastair lived at a wildlife research station with muskoxen and caribou for four years and developed his passion for teaching while at the university.

 

Alberto Montaudon

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.

 

Alexis Mutchler

Wellness Specialist

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.

 

Amy Sobesky

Wellness Specialist

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.

 

Andrew Marshall

Naturalist

Andrew Marshall is the founder of Ocean International, an organization being established to facilitate marine
conservation through education and filmmaking.

 

Andrew Simmonds

Naturalist

Growing up in a family active in nature conservation in tropical North Queensland, Australia, Andrew developed a close interest in the region’s creatures great and small and the natural environment in general.

 

Andy Szabo

Naturalist

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.

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