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.
Geographer, filmmaker, and educator Keene Haywood helps direct the new graduate program in Exploration Science at the University of Miami. He came to know and love the vast and stunning landscapes in and around Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks while earning a Master of Fine Arts in science and natural history filmmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman. A National Geographic veteran, Keene’s accomplishments include documentary production for the Society and the original presentation of National Geographic photos and expeditions on Google Earth. He also worked as a project director for The Nature Conservancy in the largest preserve in Texas, where he oversaw scientific research and outreach activities in the Davis Mountains, a southern extension of the Rocky Mountains. There, he was involved with prescribed fire projects, invasive species monitoring, resource mapping, and guiding people into the backcountry areas of the preserve. In addition to his MFA, Keene holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin along with an M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy and a B.A. in anthropology, both from the University of Miami.
Wildlife biologist Sue Perin first worked in Yellowstone on rehabilitation crews repairing damage in the aftermath of the enormous fires of 1988. Since then, she has lived in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for more than a dozen years, six of them on the graduate faculty of the Teton Science School in Jackson, Wyoming. She has taught both kids and adults in outdoor settings for more than 25 years. When not at home in Montana, Sue spends much of her time at sea as a naturalist and exedition leader on National Geographic trips to Alaska, Arctic Norway, the Upper Amazon, Antarctica, Baja California, and the Pacific Northwest.
Few people know Yellowstone country better than wildlife biologist Jeremy Schmidt. Jeremy has spent more than 30 years in the area, working as a winter keeper, park ranger, naturalist, photographer, and author. His writing includes several books for National Geographic and articles for National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines. His knowledge of Yellowstone and the Tetons will enrich your experience in these magnificent parks.