National Geographic Experts


A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.

Max Lowe
Photographer, Filmmaker

Photographer and filmmaker Max Lowe was born into traveling shoes. Son of famous alpinist Conrad Anker and writer and artist Jennifer Lowe-Anker, Max was exposed from a young age to the magic in traveling to and observing some of the world’s most remote cultures and environments. Taking up storytelling as his creed, he received a National Geographic Young Explorers grant in 2012, and since then, has shot on and produced for National Geographic Adventure and National Geographic magazines, as well as National Geographic Travel. Max has appeared on The BBC as well as in the internationally released National Parks Adventure IMAX film, and in publications including Science Magazine, Men’s Journal, and Outside Magazine. He has also produced still and film content for brands such as The North Face, Red Bull, Yeti Coolers, and Eddie Bauer. Throughout his career Max has been on shoots taking him up Alaska’s Inside Passage and across Vancouver Island and into Denali National Park, as well as on three separate expeditions to the Antarctic continent by sea. From his backyard in Bozeman, Montana to countless corners across the globe, Max has been witness to extraordinary moments, wildlife encounters, and interactions with people from vastly different walks of life. It is from these experiences that stems his passion and drive to capture stories and bring them to the world around him.

Departure Dates
  • May 05 - 19, 2018

Mike Greenfelder
Year of the Bird Ambassador, Naturalist

Mike Greenfelder learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist. During college at Wittenberg University, he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab. His time there confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime. After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California, where he taught marine biology to school kids. Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds. Before joining Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, Mike spent one and a half years as the resident biologist at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort, a renowned vacation destination in the South Pacific. His days were filled with a great combination of educating guests and local school children, research, and environmental projects. Mike has also worked in the Amazon of Peru and Ecuador, the Pribilof Islands of Alaska, the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and the kelp forests of Victoria, Australia. When not working, Mike enjoys underwater photography, searching for endemic birds, and sunset chasing. Throughout 2018, Mike is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.

Departure Dates
  • Aug 26 - Sep 09, 2018

Ken Garrett

In a career spanning 40 years, Ken Garrett has photographed more than 60 feature stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His work has also appeared in Smithsonian, Air and Space, Archaeology, Fortune, Forbes, Time, Life, Audubon, Geo Germany, National Wildlife and Natural History magazines, among others. With an academic background in anthropology, Ken has documented ancient cultures, archaeological sites, and dramatic landscapes worldwide.

Departure Dates
  • Aug 27 - Sep 10, 2018

Drew Rush
Educator, Photographer, Naturalist

Drew Rush is a wildlife and natural history photographer with a passion for following wildlife in national parks around the world. Before embarking on a career in photography, Drew spent ten years guiding on the Snake River and taking people into the heart of Yellowstone National Park in the winter. Since he transitioned into a professional photographer, his work has appeared in numerous international publications and books, such as National Parks magazine and National Geographic: Complete Photography. Drew has a long history of working in and teaching about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Grand Tetons region on several long-term photographic projects for National Geographic magazine. He has also worked on collaborative projects studying long distance lynx migration through Alaska with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as monitoring wolf populations with the U.S. National Park Service. Drew’s images have been displayed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, and he is represented by Nat Geo Creative.

Departure Dates
  • May 11 - 25, 2019

Rich Reid

Award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and instructor Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for more than two decades. He explored Alaska's Inside Passage by bike and ferry for National Geographic Adventure and is represented by National Geographic Stock. Recently, the North America Nature Photography Association presented Rich with a Fellows Award for his professional contribution to nature photography. His award-winning short documentary highlighting watershed conservation on the California coast has motivated him to continue to create multimedia projects using time-lapse photography to benefit our oceans, open spaces, and wildlife. Rich has shared his photography passion for most of his career operating photo tours in Alaska, teaching Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute in California, and guiding guests on National Geographic Expeditions throughout the globe.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 02 - 16, 2019