Naturalists

Stewards of the voyage narrative, they’re key to the quality of your experience

Passionate about the geographies they explore (and return to regularly), our naturalists illuminate each facet through their enthusiasm and knowledge. Our guests consistently cite the expertise and engaging company of our staff as key reasons to repeatedly travel with us.

More than guides, they are engaging companions, joining you at meals as well as on walks, Zodiac, and kayak forays.

We compose the staff—with specialties ranging from archaeology to marine biology—on each expedition to ensure a diverse range of expertise. Our industry-leading ratio of 1 staff to 10 guests (depending on size of ship) ensures that you’ll have a variety of interests and personalities to choose from on daily activities. You are never herded into large groups, you can gravitate naturally to the staff member you’re most interested in.  

Featured Naturalists

Ella Potts

Naturalist
Arctic, 26 April 2021
Ella’s passion has always been in marine conservation, with a childhood spent swimming, kayaking or boating in the chilly waters of the UK, or surveying the marine life of those waters from windswept headlands. She has numerous, distinct early memories of shivering adults, wrapped up in jumpers and cagoules, looking down at her with slight horror through sheets of rain and commenting on her short sleeves. A phenomena that persists to this day.  She graduated with a Masters degree in Marine Biology: Conservation and Resource Management from Swansea University, setting her up for a career protecting those marine ecosystems that she so loves. Ella has worked for several British whale conservancy charities, including ORCA and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and is a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medic. She has a real passion for lecturing, and during her time in these different organizations has presented to vastly ranging audiences; from groups of young children right up to filled auditoriums at the headquarters of HWDT partner, WWF. 

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