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.
During his eight years on the National Geographic staff, photographer Jonathan Irish launched and directed the National Geographic Adventures program. He specializes in documenting adventure lifestyles, landscapes, and cultures abroad. Jonathan has photographed on all seven continents, and has shot a variety of assignments in Antarctica, Patagonia, and beyond. His photography has appeared in National Geographic and The New York Times, on BBC, CNN, and elsewhere. For the 2016 centennial of the U.S. National Park Service, Jonathan took a year-long road trip with an Airstream visiting and photographing all 59 of America’s national parks.
Underwater photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are married partners who work together as a team to produce National Geographic stories from equatorial coral reefs to beneath the polar ice. David estimates he has spent nearly half his life in the sea since taking his first underwater photograph at the age of 12 with a Brownie Hawkeye camera sealed in a bag. Between them, Jennifer and David have photographed and explored the ocean depths in such places as New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Tasmania, Scotland, and Antarctica. David has photographed stingrays, sponges, and sleeping sharks in the Caribbean, as well as shipwrecks in the South Pacific, the Atlantic, and at Pearl Harbor. He has produced more than 70 stories for National Geographic magazine and several books, and has received the Explorers Club’s prestigious Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography.
An ornithologist, photographer, fisherman, climber, and writer, Santiago Imberti was born and raised in southern Patagonia, Argentina. He obtained a degree in tourism and later in ornithology, which allowed him to combine his love for nature and the outdoors with his work as a birdwatcher, naturalist, fly fisher, and mountain guide. He has been guiding trips in Patagonia, the Antarctic, and the Arctic for some 25 years.
Santiago's passion is conservation and research. Santiago does fieldwork on birds from our ships, and is the Director of Conservation for Asociación Ambiente Sur, an NGO that seeks to protect the environment and educate new generations on a sustainable way of life in southern Patagonia. Since 2009, he has coordinated a project to save the now critically endangered hooded grebe, which is endemic to Patagonia, and to support the creation of Patagonia National Park, a massive protected area that aims to save the grebe and some of the least known habitats in South America. Throughout 2018, Santiago is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
James "Jamie" Coleman grew up in Oxford, about as far from the sea as you can get in the United Kingdom, but decided he would work in marine biology and conservation. Ever since he reached his teens, he has dedicated time to this passion, working and volunteering in various roles on nature reserves and in aquariums. In 2007, he left home to study marine biology at the University of Newcastle.
As much as he loves working with people, he has a habit of ending up in isolated, inhospitable havens, far from civilization. Most recently, he completed a stint working as the Higher Predator Biologist for the British Antarctic Survey on South Georgia, living alongside and studying the incredible wildlife. His work there mainly focused on the gentoo penguins and Antarctic fur seals, but also included periods offshore as a fisheries observer and completing wandering albatross surveys on Prion Island. Prior to this, he spent two seasons as Senior Warden on the Farne Islands, a reserve in the North Sea famous for its densities of seabirds and seals.
Jamie has worked in conservation and wildlife research around the world. He ran a jaguar camera trapping project in the Pantanal, Brazil. He also participated in diving projects in the Bahamas and Mexico, where he researched marine protected areas and the health of coastal habitats. Throughout 2018, Jamie is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
Macduff Everton is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler, where he has photographed more than 20 stories from Paris to Beijing to Big Sur. His other editorial clients include Condé Nast Traveler, Life, LA Times Magazine, NY Times Magazine, Outside, and Smithsonian. Macduff’s photography focuses on sense of place, whether portraits of individuals or portraits of a landscape. His work is in the collections of many public and private institutions, including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the British Museum in London, the International Center of Photography in New York, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Macduff lives in Santa Barbara, California, and has taught workshops nationally as well as in Mexico and Tuscany.
Ralph Lee Hopkins is a popular photo instructor and geologist who also serves as an expedition leader aboard the National Geographic fleet. He served as a photographer on the historic Arctic Expedition for Climate Action in July 2008 and has traveled beyond both the Arctic and the Antarctic Circles many times during the past two decades. His wildlife images have appeared in National Geographic's books, magazines, and online galleries, and are represented in the National Geographic Image Collection.
David Cothran has worked for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1993 on six continents and in more than 65 countries. David is interested in many of the natural sciences, particularly ornithology, geology and marine biology; he most enjoys contrasting the broad perspectives provided by world travel with detailed investigations of local ecosystems on land and in the sea.
David is an avid wildlife and landscape photographer and enjoys shooting with DSLRs, compact cameras and his iPhone. He particularly focuses on photography of wildlife in habitat, macro images of insects and abstract images of patterns and textures. Before joining Lindblad-National Geographic, David worked as a staff field biologist and education coordinator at the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, an independent research institution in California. At PRBO David studied songbirds, seabirds, owls and elephant seals while overseeing a broad education program, which included classes for school-children, workshops for professional biologists and interpretation for the general public. His home, which is completely off the grid, is at the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon.
Doug’s passion for the natural world started at an early age in his home state of Michigan. He received two biology degrees from Central Michigan University, and later went on to get a master’s degree in conservation biology. His education led him to study a diverse range of natural sciences, with an emphasis on ecology, animal behavior, and migratory birds. Shortly after leaving the academic world, Doug migrated north to Alaska with his trusty Siberian husky, Koda. He began working as a naturalist in Denali National Park in 1999. For more than seven years, he has shared his love of Alaska and Denali’s six million acres with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic guests, as trip leader for the Denali Land Extension based at the North Face Lodge deep within the park. Throughout 2018, Doug is acting as a National Geographic Year of the Bird Ambassador.
During the past 25 years, Phil Schermeister completed more than 40 major assignments for the National Geographic Book Division, National Geographic magazine and other National Geographic publications. He has photographed on assignment in more than 40 National Parks around the United States and has published six single-photographer books with National Geographic, including Range of Light, Our National Parks and America's Western Edge. Some of his other assignments have included coverage of Quechua Indians in the Andes of Peru, Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s Copper Canyon and Native Americans across the Western United States.
Phil is drawn to high-latitudes, and has photographed all types of natural landscapes from National Parks, Seashores, and Recreation Areas to Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Wildlife Refuges. In his search for “decisive moments” in nature, Phil seeks to find drama in the changing light and seasons as the forces of nature continue to sculpt an unfinished natural landscape.
Of photographer Maria Stenzel's more than two dozen assignments for National Geographic, six have celebrated Antarctica. She has photographed sea ice during the austral winter, the continent's ice-free Dry Valleys, tree fossils in the Transantarctic Mountains, and Weddell seals and Adelie penguins near McMurdo Station. Maria also covered Shackleton’s route across South Georgia. Her essay on the world’s largest penguin colony in the remote South Sandwich Islands received a World Press Award. Maria recently sailed to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctic Peninsula, and Weddell Sea for an article on climate change in and around Antarctica.
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. In addition to her magazine work, Annie is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document aid programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. In just five years, Ripple’s work has helped 24 non-profits raise over ten million dollars. She has published four books, and worked with author Kim Heacox to produce National Geographic’s lavishly illustrated history of the epic Ernest Shackleton voyage, Shackleton: The Antarctic Challenge. She is also an accomplished speaker and a regular guest on NPR, The Today Show, and other media outlets. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association.