Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

After getting her bachelor's degree in Marine Ecology, she was appointed by the Ecuadorian government to lead the National Marine Ecosystem Cleaning Project. She later returned to her “Enchanted Islands” to work at the Charles Darwin Station on the Marine Invasive Species Project. 

These experiences impressed on Ixora just how vulnerable marine ecosystems are to external forces. Now, she is part of the Lindblad-National Geographic family and is eager to share her experience and knowledge. She is excited by the opportunity to guide new visitors and watch as these incredible islands inspire in them the same love and respect for nature that they have instilled in her. 

Upcoming Expeditions

  • Jun 21, 2019
  • Jun 28, 2019
  • Jul 12, 2019
  • Aug 02, 2019
  • Aug 09, 2019
  • Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 18, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Dec 13, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • Jan 10, 2020
  • Jan 17, 2020
  • Mar 06, 2020
  • Mar 13, 2020
  • Apr 03, 2020
  • Apr 10, 2020
  • May 01, 2020
  • May 08, 2020
  • Jun 26, 2020
  • Jul 03, 2020
  • Aug 21, 2020
  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Oct 09, 2020
  • Oct 16, 2020
  • Nov 20, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Dec 18, 2020
  • Jun 21, 2019
  • Aug 02, 2019
  • Oct 11, 2019
  • Oct 25, 2019
  • Dec 20, 2019
  • Jan 10, 2020
  • Apr 03, 2020
  • May 08, 2020
  • Jun 26, 2020
  • Aug 21, 2020
  • Aug 28, 2020
  • Oct 09, 2020
  • Oct 16, 2020
  • Dec 11, 2020
  • Nov 23, 2019
  • Feb 15, 2020
  • Jun 06, 2020
  • Sep 26, 2020
  • Feb 15, 2020
  • Jun 06, 2020
  • Sep 12, 2020
  • Sep 26, 2020
  • Sep 07, 2019
  • Feb 08, 2020
  • May 30, 2020
  • Jul 25, 2020
  • Aug 31, 2019
  • Sep 05, 2019
  • Feb 06, 2020
  • May 28, 2020
  • Jul 23, 2020
  • Aug 01, 2020

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