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.

Wade Davis
Author, Anthropologist

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis is an anthropologist, writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, from Africa to Australia, and from Polynesia to the Arctic. He has lived for extended periods among indigenous communities, learning and recording their complex rituals and customs. Wade is the author of 17 bestselling books including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), and The Sacred Headwaters (2011). His latest book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, won the 2012 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top non-fiction prize in the English language. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. Wade is one of 20 Honorary Members of the Explorers Club. In 2009, he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation. He is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club, and the 2012 David Fairchild Medal, the most prestigious award for botanical exploration.

Departure Dates
  • May 03 - 17, 2014

Jon Waterhouse
Educator, Conservationist

National Geographic Fellow Jon Waterhouse is executive director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, an international treaty organization comprised of seventy native tribes and First Nations. In 2007, a request by the native elders and tribal leaders living in the Yukon River watershed that he "go out and take the pulse of the river" prompted his first “Healing Journey”—a lengthy canoe trip during which Jon collected scientific data while documenting some of the environmental concerns and traditional practices of people living along the Yukon. Jon now oversees the Healing Journey as a worldwide river event that brings people who live continents apart much closer together, fueling his belief that our shared experiences and concerns enhance the effort to make wise decisions for the future. Some 12 million pounds of trash and pollutants have been removed from the 335,000-square-mile Yukon watershed under Jon's leadership, an accomplishment that has garnered global attention and inspired similar hands-on accomplishments wherever Healing Journeys are held. Each Healing Journey also gathers scientific data on river health and includes a strong cultural component as well, communicating information about changes in the lives of residents along the river and tackling social ills by helping community members forge connections with the natural world and with one another. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Jon one of five U.S. citizens on the Joint Public Advisory Committee to the multi-national Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Departure Dates
  • May 04 - 18, 2014

Flip Nicklin
Marine Biologist, Photographer

National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Flip Nicklin is one of the world's leading photographers of whales. His majestic images and amazing audio tracks of humpbacks and killer whales have appeared in numerous National Geographic publications and television specials. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year. Flip migrates with the humpbacks, spending summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and winters off Maui, Hawaii.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 06 - 20, 2014

Michael Melford

National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced a dozen feature stories for National Geographic magazine and more than 30 for National Geographic Traveler, including eight covers. Some of Michael's recent assignments have focused on America's national parks and the need to preserve them. Michael has also photographed eight books for National Geographic, including three on Alaska. While photographing Treasures of Alaska, he spent four months traveling every corner of the state. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography, sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of his craft.

Departure Dates
  • Sep 07 - 21, 2014