James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.In addition to sailing with Lindblad-National Geographic James enjoys skiing, photography, hiking, and riding horses. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in environmental education at Western Washington University he took a year to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Back home in the Northwest he works with middle school students teaching them about the ecosystems in their backyards, on the beaches, and during weeklong trips. He can’t help but invent games, skits, and fun ways to communicate the natural world to all those around. James is the one likely to perform an unconventional Recap, or be seen wearing a topical, if unusual, costume.