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.
As the longtime photo editor for National Geographic Traveler magazine, Dan Westergren was responsible for the magazine’s photographic vision, which has earned the publication numerous awards for photography. Dan enjoys exploring cold, high places, having photographed the Arctic while on expedition with Will Steger and the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, and the Matterhorn for the pages of Traveler. He also enjoys leading photo workshops for the Society, and is a popular photography instructor.
Jun 13 - 29, 2018
Conor Ryan Year of the Bird Ambassador, Naturalist
Hailing from Cobh in the south of Ireland, Conor Ryan grew up on the shores of Cork Harbour, where his fascination with the sea led him to study zoology at University College Cork. He continued his studies in marine biology in Galway, where he studied baleen whales for his doctoral thesis. His research also brought him to Cape Verde in search of the breeding grounds of humpback whales. With more than 30 published scientific papers, Conor is a renowned expert in baleen whales and small cetaceans. He left his academic path behind to work for non-government organizations, where he applies scientific knowledge to the conservation and management of marine mammals. He is a scientific advisor for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and a research associate on the vessel Song of the Whale. When not aboard National Geographic-Lindblad vessels, Conor regularly conducts field-based whale research from the tropics to the Arctic. He enjoys island life in the Hebrides in western Scotland, where he lives on the remote Isle of Mull. Throughout 2018, he is serving as a Year of the Bird Ambassador.
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.