Steven Zeff

Naturalist

Steve is an international science educator, expedition naturalist and whale research associate. He has worked a range of polar to tropical destinations for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1999.

Steve lives in Stockholm, Sweden where he teaches science and coordinates an international schools program, taking students to various countries around the E.U. for collaborative intercultural project work. When not teaching, he enjoys the Swedish countryside from a stereotypical red summerhouse by the water.

Steve lived ten years in Hawaii where he was involved in marine conservation programs, taught naturalist training programs, and researched and swam with humpback whales regularly. He is the Director of Scientific Communications for the world’s longest ongoing wild whale research project, the Center for Whale Studies, working towards the protection of the endangered humpback since 1975. Steve has observed over fifty of the world’s eighty whale, dolphin and porpoise species in the wild.

Steve earned a master’s degree in natural resource management from Stockholm University, investigating the social-ecological resilience of a high Arctic town for his thesis. He holds an international teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge and European Council of International Schools, and a marine science certificate from the University of Hawaii. Steve concurrently studied behavioral biology at the University of Pennsylvania and business at the Wharton School. He wisely abandoned a business career early on to pursue his passion - exploring and pondering the workings of the natural world.

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