A world-class team of experts will accompany this expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are the experts who will be joining this trip.
Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting
endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. His global research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is both a professor of linguistics and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College.
Kristin Romey is an archaeologist and award-winning journalist who specializes in the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world. She served as curatorial consultant for the blockbuster 2011 exhibit Pompeii: Life and Death in the Shadows of Vesuvius and has researched the legacy of the Italian maritime republics for the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. Kristin covers archaeology and paleontology for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic News, and she’s the former executive editor of Archaeology Magazine. She also consults on the Society’s archaeological projects, and she previously directed field operations for the Issyk Kul expedition in Central Asia.
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, with a focus on Europe. An engaging speaker with a wealth of knowledge on political, cultural, historical, and environmental geography, he will join this expedition as the National Geographic Host.
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.