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.
Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, Paula studied at the University of Leiden and Amsterdam. Paula holds degrees in Sinology, art history, history, and archaeology. While studying in Amsterdam, she participated in the Witte Leeuw (White Lion) project studying the Chinese ceramics found in an early 17th century Dutch East India Company shipwreck. She speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. Paula has researched and lectured on Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th century Dutch still life paintings.
Jan Nijman is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami. Born in the Netherlands, Jan studied at the University of Amsterdam and has written about Amsterdam's geography and history and its place in the international arena. He has conducted research on the Dutch Golden Age and Holland's colonial past. The National Geographic Society and the National Science Foundation have supported Jan's work, which has appeared in a wide range of international journals. Chair of National Geographic's new Global Exploration Fund for Northern Europe and a former member of National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration, Jan has received the University of Miami's Excellence in Teaching Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.