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 the experts that will be joining this expedition.
National Geographic photographer Michael Melford has produced 18 feature stories and two covers for National Geographic magazine with an emphasis on wilderness, conservation, and the environment. He also has shot more than 30 stories for National Geographic Traveler, including nine covers. Some of Michael’s recent assignments have focused on Russia and North America’s national parks. He has produced photography for eight books for National Geographic, including three on Alaska. While photographing his favorite book, Treasures of Alaska, he spent four months traveling to every corner of the state. When not shooting for the Geographic, Michael enjoys giving seminars and workshops on photography and sharing both his love of nature and his extensive knowledge of his craft.
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.
Alexander "Alec" Murphy is senior vice president of the American Geographical Society and a professor of geography at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee for National Geographic Education. Alec co-authored Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture, a comprehensive look at global phenomena, ranging from India and East Africa to Peru and China. He has traveled and conducted research on five continents. An engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge on political, cultural, historical, and environmental geography, he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces that shape the places we visit.
Jul 12 - Aug 02, 2018
Lee Berger Paleontologist, Archaeologist, Anthropologist
National Geographic Explorer-in-
Residence Lee Berger
is a Research Professor in
Human Evolution and the Public
Understanding of Science at
the University of Witwatersrand
in Johannesburg, South Africa. His explorations
into human origins in Africa have resulted in
many notable discoveries, including the most
comprehensive early hominin fossils found so far,
which belong to a new species of early human
ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, and, in 2013,
the richest early hominin site yet found on the
continent of Africa. Lee will serve as National Geographic host on this expedition.