National Geographic Experts


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.

Becky Hale

National Geographic staff photographer Becky Hale studied creative writing and photography at Wheaton College. Her studio work includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her on assignment to Istanbul, Rome, and Cairo. She’s shot aerials of the whooping crane migration from an ultralight aircraft for the NatGeo Wild channel, documented the National Geographic World Championship Geography Bee in St. Petersburg, Russia, and covered the launch of the National Geographic expedition ship Endeavour in Chile. In her life beyond National Geographic, Becky is the mother of two small redheads who try their best to evade her camera.

Departure Dates
  • Feb 20 - Mar 01, 2015
  • Feb 27 - Mar 08, 2015

Krista Rossow
Editor, Photographer

A photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine for seven years, Krista Rossow also photographs regularly for Traveler, covering everything from wine in France to San Francisco's quirks. She sees the camera as a tool for understanding new cultures, meeting the locals, and exploring the natural world. She has taught weekend photography workshops for National Geographic Expeditions in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Her images are represented by National Geographic Creative.

Departure Dates
  • Jun 05 - 14, 2015
  • Jun 12 - 21, 2015

Jeff Mauritzen
Naturalist, Photographer

National Geographic photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen has been on assignment photographing wildlife in Kenya, Tanzania, and the Galapagos for the Society's most recently published Animal Encyclopedia. Jeff is also a seasoned and popular photography expert, guiding and lecturing on natural history-focused trips throughout the world for National Geographic Expeditions. His travels and assignments have immersed him in vivid landscapes both above and below the water in five continents and more than 50 countries around the world. Whether capturing 360-degree panoramas of wildlife along an African savanna or photographing sharks in the Pacific depths, Jeff’s work expresses an unwavering passion, respect, curiosity, and awe for the natural world. An avid traveler and explorer, Jeff has lived in Venezuela and Ireland, as well as at sea aboard seven different ships. His photography is represented by National Geographic Creative, and his travel and wildlife photography assignments have appeared in numerous publications.

Departure Dates
  • Feb 19 - 28, 2016
  • Feb 26 - Mar 06, 2016