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A world-class team of experts will accompany each expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
When Peter Hillary first climbed Mount Everest in 1990, he and his father, Sir Edmund Hillary—who made the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953—became the first father and son to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain. Among Peter's 40 mountaineering expeditions, he participated in a 2002 National Geographic-sponsored ascent and film on Mount Everest. He is the author of six books on mountaineering and does charitable work to assist the local people of the Mount Everest region in Nepal.
A Fulbright fellow and a gifted educator, Kirt Kempter has spent most of his career as a field geologist, studying volcanic provinces in North, Central, and South America, as well as Iceland. He has published numerous articles and geologic maps, and participated in the geologic training of NASA astronaut candidates. He has also led educational expeditions to places all around the world,
from Antarctica to the high Arctic. He looks forward to sharing his
insights on the stunning destinations and landscapes we will visit,
including the Andes, the Pacific Islands, the Indian subcontinent,
the Himalayan mountains, and East Africa’s Rift Valley.
Jack Daulton is a popular lecturer on the cultural
history of non-Western civilizations and has been
an expert on trips to more than 50 countries. His
research has focused on the art and architecture of
Asia and Africa as well as the study of Buddhism,
Hinduism, and Islam. Jack is also an attorney with a focus on international law relating to the preservation and conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. In a widely reported 1995 federal case, he recovered a thousand-year-old sculpture that had been stolen from a temple in Southeast Asia.
National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced more than 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 Russia, Israel, and North America’s national parks. He has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic, including three on Alaska, his favorite being Treasures of Alaska, for which he spent four months traveling to every corner of the state. When not shooting for National Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge.
Born and raised in Italy, photojournalist Massimo Bassano has published his work in National Geographic Traveler and on the National Geographic website, as well as in numerous European publications. He regularly teaches National Geographic photography workshops in Tuscany and Venice. His acclaimed photography book The Color of Silence detailed the 12 weeks he spent in a little-known Italian monastery. Massimo has also traveled and photographed extensively in Europe and Africa. A veteran of numerous Around the World by Private Jet trips, Massimo frequently joins photography and other expeditions for National Geographic, and is a favorite with the Society's travelers.
Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for the past 25 years and currently resides in Nepal. An expert in Himalayan cultures, she is passionate about sacred geography, pilgrimage, and indigenous medicinal plants. Carroll has written four books and produced films for National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC. She is also the director of Wild Earth, an organization that works with rural Nepalese women who create handcrafted products to generate income. She and her family have spent the last ten summers living with nomads in central Mongolia.
Don Belt has traveled to some 80 countries over the past three decades, working as a writer and editor for National Geographic. As foreign editor of the magazine from 1998 to 2010, Don helped to guide the Society's coverage of topics ranging from weapons of mass destruction and terrorism to the geopolitics of Water and the legacy of colonialism in the Middle East. Don has authored major National Geographic articles on Lawrence of Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Arab Christians, Russia's Lake Baikal, Israel's Galilee, Petra, Sweden, Baja California, the Jordan River, the World of Islam, and Cold War science in the Russian Arctic. Since retiring in 2011, Don has continued to write for the magazine while teaching Journalism at the University of Richmond. He also serves as University Outreach director for the Out of Eden Walk, presenting workshops for educators on this National Geographic-supported global journalism project.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 35 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and Shirley MacLaine. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub on assignments for National Geographic magazine. He has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
One of the first female photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has taken photographs in more than 100 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for the Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. She lectures and teaches photography workshops regularly and was a visiting professor of photography at Ohio University. Annie’s work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Merian, Stern, and many other publications. Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, the University of Minnesota, and the White House News Photographers Association. She brought her children along on many of her far-flung assignments, and chronicles the story in the book A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel.
Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha
spent ten years as a national park ranger in
Yosemite and Alaska. Now a geography professor at
California’s Humboldt State University, he studies
diverse landscapes around the world and has visited
most of the destinations on this trip. He is the author
of more than 80 publications, including National Geographic’s
Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee:
The Official Study Guide. He recently received the California
State University system’s highest award for exemplary
contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral
Sciences and Public Service.
Archaeologist William Saturno is a National Geographic Explorer specializing in early civilizations. He has received numerous grants from the Society to support his ongoing excavations of ancient Maya murals in Guatemala. His breakthrough discovery at San Bartolo of the oldest intact Maya murals yet found became the focus of the National Geographic magazine articles "The Sistine Chapel of the Early Maya" in December 2003 and "The Dawn of Maya Gods and Kings" in January 2006. The June 2012 issue described his recent unearthing of murals at Xultún. Outside of Mesoamerica, Bill has conducted archaeological research in the American Southwest, Bolivia, Cambodia, and most recently on the North Coast of Peru. He has taught university courses that encompass major archeological and historical sites all over the world.
Nevada Wier is a multiple-award-winning
photographer specializing in documenting the
remote corners and cultures of the world. Her
journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s
deserts, mountains, and urban jungles. Nevada’s
work has appeared in National Geographic
magazine, as well as Geo, National Geographic Traveler,
Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous
other publications. She is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and a
member of the Women’s Geographic Society.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tierney Thys is a marine biologist and documentary filmmaker whose work explores the breadth of animal diversity from pole to pole and chronicles global environmental change. Tierney is a world authority on the giant ocean sunfish, Mola mola, and has led numerous expeditions worldwide from Africa to Baja, Japan, Indonesia, and the GalÃ¡pagos Islands to study these bizarre jelly-eating behemoths. Tierney has also developed and guided National Geographic student marine biology expeditions in Monterey Bay.
Jan Nijman, a geographer and former member of
National Geographic’s Committee for Research
and Exploration, has traveled across the globe
supporting research projects at many of the sites
we visit on our journey. He has received multiple
grants funding his fieldwork from National Geographic and
the National Science Foundation. Jan currently chairs National
Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund—Northern Europe, and
he also directs the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of
Amsterdam. A Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University
of Miami, Jan is the author of four books, as well as more than 80
publications that have appeared in a wide range of international
journals. A native of the Netherlands, Jan speaks five languages
and has received numerous awards, including the Nystrom Prize,
the University of Miami’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and a