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.
Called an "encyclopedia" by the New York Times, Jason is a professional naturalist, environmental educator, and guide who has been leading trips throughout the Northern Rockies for nearly 20 years. He majored in anthropology at Montana State University and is a certified Master Naturalist through the University of Montana, specializing in wolf and bear ecology. Jason is an instructor at Montana State University and an outfitter and guide who leads dog sled trips and river expeditions. He has led backcountry trips in Alaska, which he calls one of his favorite destinations. Jason works with NatGeo Wild's Casey Anderson as a location scout, wildlife tracker, and expedition planner for the show America the Wild.
M Jackson is an adventurer and environmental educator pursuing a doctorate in geography and Earth science at the University of Oregon, where she is researching glaciers and climate change. A veteran U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, M holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana, where she focused on climate change and Alaskan glaciers. M is a nationally registered emergency medical technician with extensive experience "in search and rescue, firefighting, and removing cats from trees" in Southeast Alaska. She’s worked for more than ten years in Alaska and the Yukon Territory guiding backcountry trips and exploring glacial systems. M has led National Geographic Student Expeditions programs in Alaska and Iceland.
Carl Tobin is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage. He has studied human-caused damage in a riparian zone in Colorado, written a book on the climbing history of a section of the Alaska Range, and mentored students in a variety of Alaska's environmental issues. Carl loves Alaska and enjoys exploring the state through alpine-style climbing, extended wilderness bike rides, and mountain biking.