Women Explorers

In 1966 Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first-ever expedition to Antarctica for citizen explorers. Of the 56 intrepid travelers who signed on to go where only explorers and scientists had gone before, 37 were women—clear evidence that the desire for adventure and exploration is female, too. So, we celebrate female explorers, current and former. Click each photo below to learn who they are and what they do.


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Ella Potts

You can usually find Ella Potts “geeking out about cetaceans,” as she likes to say.  Her knowledge is vast and when you have marine mammal questions—whether you’re wondering about the evolution of the cetacean brain or the difference between killer whale types—Ella is sure to have answers. 



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Kristin Hettermann

Caitlyn Webster

Sharon Grainger

LYnn Fowler

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Elise Lockton

Isabella Lindblad

Maya Santangelo

Pamela Fingleton

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Jenny Kingsley

Heidi Norling

Johanna Garcia

Willowdean Handy

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Bette Lu Krause

Sisse Brimberg

Michelle Rider &
Sara Henstam

Hilda Sarmiento

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Stacy Rivett

Sylvia Earle

Kathy Sullivan

Zaria Forman

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Jennifer Burgin

Jeanne Baret

Jen Martin

Ana Esteves

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Krista Rossow

Annie Fiske

Bessie C. Sweeney

Tierney Thys

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Eva Saragosa

Sarah Culler

Dora the Explorer

Wanny Woldstad

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