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.
Cotton Coulson is an award-winning photographer and Contributing Editor to National Geographic Traveler magazine. Cotton began his photography career at National Geographic when he was 21 years old, and has photographed more than 20 stories for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler.
A Certified Apple Aperture Instructor, Cotton is a graduate of NYU Film School and was a cinematographer on the documentary film Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. Cotton will join a portion of the Epic South America voyage to lead a film making workshop at sea.
Johan Reinhard, an archeologist and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, recovered the Ice Maiden, an Inca mummy on Peru's Mount Ampato which was chosen by Time magazine as one of the world's ten most important discoveries of 1995. Joining guests for a portion of this voyage, Johan will present his work on the sacred landscapes of South America from the highlands of the Andes and Peru's Ice Maiden, to the tepuis of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.
Author of the book How to Be a Carioca, Priscilla Goslin has made Rio her home for almost 40 years. She will join the expedition on our way to Rio to share an insider’s view of the natives and the unique daily rituals of this marvelous city. Currently in its 32nd printing, How to Be a Carioca has been featured in TIME, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Travel & Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler. Priscilla and her book have also been featured on Prime Time with Diane Sawyer, Anthony Bourdain: A Cook’s Tour, and the BBC series Brazil with Michael Palin airing in December of 2012.
Tropical and conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy has worked in the Brazilian Amazon since 1965. He is credited with being the first to use the term "biological diversity" in 1980 during his tenure as director of the World Wildlife Fund-U.S. For his many conservation initiatives in Brazil, Lovejoy was decorated by the Brazilian government in 1988, becoming the first environmentalist to receive the Order of Rio Branco. In 1998, Brazil also awarded him the Grand Cross of the Order of Scientific Merit. His ongoing work as both a scholar and a policy advocate has made him one of the leading protagonists for the science and conservation of the world's biodiversity, and particularly that of tropical forest ecosystems. Thomas founded the public television series Nature, and for many years he served as principal advisor to the series. A National Geographic Fellow, he currently chairs the advisory boards for the Society's Big Cats and Energy initiatives.
David Wright is an Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker and regular contributor to a wide variety of National Geographic films spanning natural history, adventure, and history topics. His work has taken him around the globe, filming both wildlife and human interest stories. David specializes in using the latest imaging technologies including high-speed HD and ultra high-definition cameras, as well as gyro-stablised units to film from helicopters. He has also participated in biological research projects and undercover investigations. His accomplishments include capturing on video a new species of Australian snake and a previously unknown species of giant spider, documenting new and dramatic feeding habits of saltwater crocodiles, and highlighting the illegal trade in ivory, rhino horn, and whale meat across Asia and Central Africa.
Award-winning photojournalist Tyrone Turner's photographic assignments have taken him from Brazil to Baghdad. A veteran National Geographic photographer and workshop leader, Tyrone lived in Brazil on a fellowship and documented the country for more than two years. A native of New Orleans, Tyrone shot images of New Orleans and the Louisiana Bayou for several National Geographic articles, including “New Orleans: A Perilous Future” in the August 2007 issue, and for a special edition on Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, Tyrone's photos of Brazil's maroon people, the Quilombolas, were featured in the April 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine.
An Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, Wade Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Davis is the author of 15 books including The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), The Sacred Headwaters (2011), and Into the Silence (2011). His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series produced for the National Geographic Channel. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club. In 2012 he received the Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. Wade will join a portion of this voyage.