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.
Photographer Jasper Doest's photographs of Japanese macaques, popularly known as "snow monkeys," received recognition in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and appeared in the October 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. He is a regular contributor to the Dutch editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. Through his photographic work, Jasper tries to give a voice to those who can’t speak our language or are often misunderstood, emphasizing the beauty and fragility of our planet. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Bud earned an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology at Colorado State University, then moved to Alaska, where he lived and worked for 30 years. At the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Bud studied wildlife biology and received a master's degree conducting research on four species of seabird nesting on a remote island in the Gulf of Alaska. He went on to conduct field research on the relationships between moose and their habitat, forest succession and songbird populations, tundra bird populations and migration, and woodpecker populations after natural forest fires. Bud began working with Lindblad Expeditions in 1983 as a naturalist and expedition leader, and has subsequently made Atlantic Ocean Crossings and voyaged to the Arctic and Antarctic, temperate and tropical regions of Central and South America, and the western South Pacific. His numerous journeys over the years have given him a chance to appreciate the diversity of life and cultures across our planet. Throughout 2018, Bud will serve as a Year of the Bird Ambassador.
Susan Goldberg is editor in chief of National Geographic magazine and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. Under her leadership, National Geographic magazine won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting in 2015. After spending most of her career in newspapers, she served as executive editor for Bloomberg News in Washington. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine. Susan will join the May 16, 2018 departure as a Global Perspectives Speaker.
For more than a decade, Erika Larsen has used photography to learn intimately about and document cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has followed Sami reindeer herders in the Scandinavian arctic and explored the significance of the horse in Native American culture for National Geographic magazine. Her work has been shown in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Swedish Museum of Ethnography, and Ájtte Sámi Museum. Larsen is also the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, which sponsored her study of the North Sami language. She has recently published her first book of photographs, Sámi, Walking With Reindeer. Erika looks forward to sharing her insights into creating images and expressing a personal vision on this journey.
Ian Stirling is a Research Scientist Emeritus with Environment Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton. He has done research on polar bears and polar seals (Arctic and Antarctic) for 50 years. His research interests include ecology, animal behavior, evolution, relationships between polar bears and seals, the biological importance of polynyas (stretches of ocean water surrounded by ice), and the conservation and management of polar marine mammals and ecosystems. His work has earned him the Canadian Northern Science Award and the National Conservation Award in the Special Achievement Category of the U.S. National Wildlife Federation. He was appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada by the Governor General, and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the primary scientific body of the country. In 2013 he was awarded the Norris Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for Marine Mammalogy and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Universities of Alberta and British Columbia. Ian participates in a number of national and international committees on polar bears and marine mammals and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific articles and written 5 books on bears and their ecology. Ian will travel as a Global Perspectives Guest Speaker.
Photojournalist and filmmaker Nick Cobbing aims to highlight themes of science and natural history through personal stories. A native of the United Kingdom, Nick frequently works in the polar regions, and has accompanied scientists on research expeditions, based on icebreaking ships or even camped on the Arctic ice. His story on the future of Arctic sea ice appeared in the January 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. He has also worked for media brands like GEO (Germany), The Sunday Times Magazine, and the BBC. Nick’s work has been exhibited and screened worldwide in galleries and at festivals, as well as to policymakers at the U.S. Congress and the Stockholm Parliament. He has won many awards for his photography and short films, including from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and American Photography. Nick’s films have been commissioned by Look3 Festival of Photography and National Geographic, and he is a contributor to @NatGeo, a book and exhibition featuring the most popular photos from National Geographic’s iconic Instagram account. He teaches regularly in Antarctica, Norway, and the Arctic, using the camera to connect students with the landscape and themselves.
Wildlife photographer, cinematographer, and author Matthias Breiter has spent most of the past 30 years researching the daily lives and habits of black, brown, grizzly, and polar bears. He was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and a fellow of the prestigious Explorer’s Club in recognition of his contribution to our scientific knowledge of bears and the Arctic. Matthias is also a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), and remains deeply involved with conservation efforts involving the American and Canadian Arctic and Subarctic. He has authored nearly 20 books, and his articles and photography have appeared in National Geographic, GEO, BBC Wildlife, Terre Sauvage, and numerous other publications worldwide. Breiter's most recent documentary, Polar Bear Summer, was nominated for an Emmy. He has also been involved with Nat Geo WILD productions like Grizzly Empire and The Wild West. Biologist-trained, Matthias frequently lectures at universities, zoos, and research facilities on bear biology and arctic ecosystems, and he also enjoys teaching photography. He looks forward to sharing his photographic and regional knowledge with travelers on this expedition.