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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.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has worked in photojournalism for more than 40 years, covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has 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. A popular photo instructor and expedition leader, he has also published five books and numerous articles for National Geographic Traveler, LIFE, Condé Nast Traveler, Time, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler,
and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the
age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and
Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University,
he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of
British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the
country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in
a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books,
including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous
articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor
for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively,
with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the
untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar.
He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for
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.
A longtime resident of Santa Fe, Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of the Explorer's Club and a member of the Women's Geographic Society.
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.
Biologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker Tierney Thys is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. She has traveled to every continent and visited more than 60 countries. She is an expert on giant ocean sunfishes and the Daily Explorer in National Geographic's Animal Jam, an online world boasting 70 million registered players in 120 countries and five languages. Tierney has received numerous grants from the Society, has active marine study sites in Indonesia and Galapagos and has developed student expeditions in Monterey, Belize and Bali. Additional research activities include investigating how nature imagery influences brain activity and the effects of nature on incarcerated populations. Tierney is a TED All-Star speaker and passionate about sharing the wonders of the world and promoting global stewardship.
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
Photographer and filmmaker Stephen Alvarez has published more than a dozen feature stories for National Geographic's magazines, covering exploration, culture, religion, and the aftermath of conflict. Stephen has reported on the discovery of the Ice Maiden in the high Andes of Peru, conservation in the roadless jungles of Suriname, rain forest research in Costa Rica, and cave exploration in Borneo, Mexico, Belize, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and the United States. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning.
Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for more than 25 years and currently resides in Nepal. Author of four books, she has explored deeply the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and others on subjects ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry, nomadism, and geology. She has recently been involved with working with female immolations at a hospital burn unit and has delved extensively into the history of women’s relationship to fire and sacrifice in the Hindu world. On the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which preserves sacred pilgrimage sites and traditions, Carroll has a keen interest in environmental conservation issues regarding sacred spaces of South Asia. A practitioner of yoga and ayurveda, committed to fostering income generation among marginalized women so they may support their families' health and education, Carroll has formulated ayurvedic products for The Body Shop and founded Wild Earth, a sustainable social enterprise producing handcrafted herbal products in the Himalaya. Carroll and her family have spent the last ten summers living with nomads in central Mongolia.