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.
A 28-year veteran of the National Geographic Society, Rob Hernandez began
as a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and later founded its
International Publishing division, which publishes magazines, books, and
other media in more than 35 languages. Raised in Cuba and Spain, Rob spent
his early career doing ecological field research and documenting the wildlife
and culture of the world’s more remote places. He filmed a television special on lions in
Namibia, explored the wilderness of New Guinea, journeyed to rarely visited corners of
South America, and circumnavigated the Indian and Pacific Oceans in a small sailboat
for 2 years.
Archaeologist and National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration member Jeremy Sabloff is past president and an external professor of the Sante Fe Institute. Before coming to the Institute, he taught at Harvard, the University of Utah, the University of New Mexico, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum from 1994-2004. Jeremy’s principal scholarly interests include ancient Maya civilization, pre-industrial urbanism, settlement pattern studies, archaeological theory and method, the history of archaeology, and the relevance of archaeology in the modern world. He is a past president of the Society for American Archaeology, past chair of Section H (Anthropology) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and past editor of American Antiquity. He served as chair of the Smithsonian Science Commission and is chair of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of State. He is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Jeremy is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, and has published more than 130 articles, book chapters, and reviews. He was the American Anthropological Association's Distinguished Lecturer in 2010 and received the Society for American Archaeology's inaugural Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archeology in 2011, and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He also received the Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal from the University of Pennsylvania Museum in 2014 and the Alfred Vincent Kidder Medal for Eminence in American Archaeology from the American Anthropological Association in 2016.
National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed documentary photographer Chris Rainier specializes in highlighting endangered cultures and traditional languages around the globe. In 2002, he received the Lowell Thomas Award from The Explorers Club for his efforts in cultural preservation, and was elected in 2014 as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London, where he specializes in cultural preservation. During his continued tenure with the National Geographic Society as a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer, he has been the co-founder and co-director of the Enduring Voices Project and director of the All Roads Photography Program, both designed to support indigenous groups desiring to document their traditional cultures and create sustainable solutions to preserve the planet in the 21st century. Chris also served as a cultural editor and photographer for National Geographic Traveler magazine for over 18 years. Today he directs The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation, whose mission is to create legally protected cultural zones around the globe that protect both traditional knowledge as well as the biodiversity the communities are guardians of. In the early 1980s, Chris served as the last assistant for famed photographer Ansel Adams. The two worked together to amplify the use of art photography as a social tool, ultimately helping to preserve threatened wilderness areas and national parks. Rainier has deep passion for teaching photography, and for the past 20 years has been leading photographic expeditions for National Geographic around the world. From the natural wonders of Patagonia and Iguaçu Falls to the cobblestoned streets of Cartagena in Colombia, Chris looks forward to sharing his photographic knowledge and special love for South America.