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Alex Moffat-Wood, Antarctic Historian

Alex has a Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies and has spent time living and working on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. He is now working on a Masters thesis that examines the huts, bases, and stations built in Antarctica and changing ideas about science and civilisation between 1911 and 1961.

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Dr. Astrid Guenther-Weigl, Biologist and Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Astrid Guenther-Weigl is a passionate biologist and wildlife veterinarian who is dedicated to conservation and who delights in sharing with others her knowledge and love for nature. She deeply believes that education is the key to conservation.


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Chris Cutler, General Naturalist

Chris Cutler has worked for several years as a naturalist guide and lecturer on natural history excursions, both on land and on expedition cruise ships. Whether in the Arctic, the Antarctic, Amazonia, on a South Pacific atoll or even in a vacant lot; Chris seeks out, what the natural world offers up.

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Chris Harbard, Ornithologist

Chris Harbard is a well-known British ornithologist and conservationist who has travelled the world in search of birds. Chris writes for Birdwatch magazine and also manages its website, and is a regular contributor to the BBC’s natural history radio output. Additionally, he edits the Birdwatchers' Guides series of books and serves on the council of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East.

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Chris Srigley, General Naturalist & Bear Guard

Chris has spent several seasons as a General Naturalist in such remote and fascinating places as Svalbard, Greenland, Norway, Scotland, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica.

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Christian Walter, Historian

 

Christian Walter’s expertise in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, history and art, have led him to lecture aboard expedition ships. He even performed a comparative study of Easter Island’s petroglyphs and the island’s unique writing system, Rongo Rongo. His main interests are the History of Exploration and the Art of the Pacific Islands.

 

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Dr. Claire Allum, Anthropologist

 

Dr. Claire Allum is fascinated by ancient and modern cultures. Her research includes living with the Chachi in the Ecuadorian jungle, excavating in the highlands of Peru, surveying and digging early Asante sites in Ghana, working in the Great Plains and Subarctic of Canada and working on an ancient Maya site in Belize.

 

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Dr. Claudia Holgate, Environmentalist

Claudia Holgate is passionate about teaching climatology and environmental management. Her fascination for the polar regions are what drew her into the expedition travel world where she shares her fervor for the most beautiful places on the planet. Claudia is the Environmental Manager for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.

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Dr. Colleen Batey, Historian

Dr Colleen Batey is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow. In the arena of Viking and Late Norse Culture of the North Atlantic and Scotland, Colleen has both excavation and publication experience.

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Elizabeth Bradfield, Naturalist

Liz has been working as a marine educator and naturalist for over ten years. She has assisted with research on a wide range of projects, from kelp to humpback whales, songbirds to seals. She has worked as a kayak guide and as a marine mammal stranding responder. She is also the author of two award-winning collections of poetry: Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work.

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Elliott Neep, Photographer

Elliott is an award-winning, professional wildlife photographer and tour leader for photographic expeditions. His work has taken him to East Africa, Svalbard, Antarctica and India.

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Dr. Franz Bairlein, Ornithologist

Dr Franz Bairlein studied biology, chemistry and physics at the University of Konstanz and is currently President of the German Ornithologists’ Society, President of the European Union for Bird Ringing, President of the International Ornithologists’ Union, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ornithology.

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Major JGH Corrigan MBE

 

Major Gordon Corrigan, once an officer of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, is now a celebrated historian and published author, with eight books to his credit. He has made several television appearances and series presentations on various aspects of military history, and has also conducted military history study tours throughout a multitude of countries.
 

 

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Dr. Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Biologist

Hans-Peter Reinthaler holds a doctorate in Natural Science, and is a published scientist and experienced lecturer. Hans-Peter has worked extensively on ships in different parts of the world, giving him significant experience with a vast variety of ecosystems, flora and fauna. He has a sincere love and enthusiasm for his work.

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Imogen Corrigan, Historian

Imogen graduated from the University of Kent with a 1st in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History, and has lectured extensively on Anglo-Saxon and Medieval subjects in Britain and Europe. She conducts a variety of  historical tours together with her husband, Gordon.

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Luke Kenny, Fisheries Expert and Marine Biologist

As a Fisheries Biologist on South Georgia, as part of the British Antarctic Survey base there, Luke's studies on fish biology (diet, growth, etc.) contribute to the management of what is one of the best-run fisheries in the world.

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Luciano Bernacchi, Naturalist

Luciano Bernacchi, has led expeditions across the Patagonian Ice-Field and Ice Walks on the Perito Moreno Glacier, to treks in Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. He has been working as a mountain guide, ski guide, tour leader, naturalist guide, and birding guide, across Argentina and in many other countries throughout the past 20 years. 

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Dr. Maria Patricia Silva Rodriguez

Dr. Patricia Rodriguez has more than fifty scientific papers and works submitted to International Conferences, in relation with the biology of several Antarctic seabird species. Her activities however are not only restricted to scientific research. She has lectured onboard as a naturalist expert and artist, and is also working on conservation projects.

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Dr Michaela Mayer, Marine Biologist

Michaela's studies and research have taken her from the Institute for Polar Ecology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel and the University of Lapland in Finland to the research vessel Polarstern in the Greenland Sea and the Koldewey research base located in Svalbard. She has worked at Argentine research base “Jubany” on King George Island, and served as director of the Maritime Institute at the University of Applied Science in Bremen, Germany.

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Olga Stavrakis, Anthropologist

Olga Stravrakis holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology specialising in tropical agriculture, an MA in ancient Maya archaeology and undergraduate degrees in Geology, History and Classics. She worked for many years in the Maya region in Central America, excavating the legendary ancient city of Tikal in the Guatemalan jungle.  

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Peter W. Damisch, Historian

 

Throughout his life Peter has pursued many passions with a special emphasis on searching for knowledge and a joy of sharing information in an environment which promotes safety, fun & learning. Exploring polar, temperate and tropical regions are all of interest with hundreds of awe inspiring trips focused on developing close, personal interactions while learning more about the unusual history, intriguing people and cultural or social traditions of each exciting & remote location across the globe.

 

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Petra Glardon, Zoologist

Petra has a truly international background: she holds a Swiss passport, was born in Germany and grew up in South America. For as long as Petra can recall, she has had a passion for wildlife and remote places. She became a zoologist and soon found out that she was especially interested in marine mammals.

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Ray Stranagan, Photographer

A graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale for Video Production and Digital Filmmaking, Ray Stranagan pursues his passion for photography and travel by filming natural ecosystems and scuba diving around the world.

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Rich Pagen, Conservation Biologist

Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York years ago.  Since then, Rich has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by zodiac to reach remote wetlands where he monitored loon nests.

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Richard Sidey, Photographer

Richard Sidey is a professional digital media designer and photographer from the South Island of New Zealand. Based in Australia, Canada and Ireland, he has been working as the onboard photographer for expedition ships since 2003, and continues to explore his affinity with the polar regions.

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Robin L. Aiello, Marine Biologist & Ecotourism Specialist

 

Robin Aiello graduated from Harvard University with highest honors in Evolutionary Biology and Marine Biology. Her work as a scientific Expedition Leader has led her to some of the most exotic and remote areas of the world. She is a frequent keynote speaker and was the recipient of the Australian EcoWarrior Award and the International Earth Ambassador Award.

 

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Roddy Bray, Anthropologist and Historian

Roddy Bray has degrees in Anthropology from Durham, in England, and the University of Cape Town. He specialises in South African history and is an experienced guide for travellers to Africa, providing in-depth cultural experiences and expert safari trip planning.

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Sandra Walser, Polar Historian and Photographer

Sandra Walser was born, raised and educated in Switzerland. She is specialised in the history of exploration and whaling, and is a published photographer.

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Sue Flood, Wildlife Filmmaker

Sue Flood is a photographer and wildlife filmmaker, whose speciality is polar and marine environments. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in Zoology, Sue spent 11 years working for the BBCs world-renowned Natural History Unit. 

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Dr. Toby Musgrave, Naturalist

A leading British authority on garden history and design with a degree in horticulture and a doctorate in garden history, Toby Musgrave lectures far and wide to students of garden history and design at Oxford University, the Royal Horticultural Society, aboard expedition cruises and throughout the United States.  

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Uli Kunz, Oceanographer and Zodiac Driver

Uli has done more than 1,000 dives all over the world, mostly in cold waters, and, after completing a special education to become a certified Scientific Diver, participated in a number of diverse underwater research projects.

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Will Wagstaff, Ornithologist

Will Wagstaff has been guiding his own wildlife tours since 1985, showing visitors the natural history of the Isles of Scilly where he lives. During the winter months, he has led wildlife tours to many parts of the globe, most notably the Falkland Islands. 

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Steve Egan, General Naturalist

Steve Egan grew up among the dramatic landscapes of Tasmania; this is where his passion for pure, untouched wilderness began. He’s particularly interested in Earth’s more extreme environments, wildlife and the people that carve out their existence in these places. He has several years of leading land adventures in Australia’s rugged Kimberley and Kakadu National Parks. 

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Marco Favero, Marine Biologist and Fisheries Expert

Marco is Head of Seabird Ecology and Conservation Group at the University of Mar del Plata, and Senior Researcher at the National Research Council in Argentina.

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Karolina Karas, Bear Guard & Naturalist

Karolina Karas has been working as a guide since 2008. During winter she offers snow mobile trips, and during summer she takes guests up the mountain tops around Longyearbyen. Karolina has her own team of sledging dogs, which she guided on an expedition to the North Pole in 2009.

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Maria Gomez-Berning, Marine Biologist

Maria Gomez-Berning is a biologist with expertise in aquatic ecosystems. In the past 15 years she has focused on studying aquatic biodiversity as a tool for investigating the effects of water pollution as well as for exploring evolutionary patterns and processes. 

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Marieke Egan, General Naturalist

 

Marieke Egan has an adventurous spirit and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love for pure wilderness with guests from around the globe. Her appetite for new experiences and wilder places has drawn her to explore the incredible beauty of Polar environments only accessible through Expedition cruising.

 

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Daniel Arteaga, Naturalist Guide

Daniel´s involvement and endearment with the Galapagos National Park started when he was very young. Daniel´s parents have been part of the tourism industry of the islands since the late 1970s. He grew in Playa de Oro, San Cristobal and him and his family spent a great part of their lives on board ships and visitor sites.

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Mayumi Kanamura

Mayumi was born and educated in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. She studied Japanese Literature at college, but is also interested in film and contemporary culture.

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Andrew Marshall, Marine Biologist & Ecologist

Andrew Marshall, is the founder of Ocean International, an organization established to facilitate marine conservation through education and filmmaking. His documentaries have garnered international recognition throughout the film festival circuit. His experience in expedition cruising has taken him throughout the world, allowing him to serve as skipper and dive guide. 
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Annabel Matthews, Historian & Environmentalist

Annabel Matthews loves sharing her knowledge and passion for history and the environment. Her adventures, which started at a very young age, have taken her to explore many continents, peoples, endemic wildlife, and political influences. Now based in New Zealand, she specialises in the natural environment, and history of World War II.

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Pamela Le Noury, Marine Biologist & Dive Instructor

Pam Le Noury started expedition cruising in 2008 as a marine lecturer and zodiac driver in the tropics, and has since been almost everywhere a small cruise ship can take you. Pam is a marine scientist, PADI dive instructor, zodiac skipper and sailor, and has worked on the ocean just about every day for the past 15 years.

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Tua Pittman, Traditional Master Navigator

Tua Pittman is internationally recognized as a traditional voyaging seafarer. He will share his traditional voyaging experiences with you, touching on the culture and traditions of the Cook Islands, as well as the Marae or sacred grounds of worship, sacrifice, chiefly investitures and spiritual gatherings.
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Hanne Nielsen, Antarctic Studies Specialist

Hanne Nielsen hails from New Zealand and specializes in Antarctic literature and cultural representations of the continent. As an active member of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, Hanne enjoys sharing her passion for the Southern Continent with all those who will listen.

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Uli Erfurth

Uli Erfurth, aka “BIO-Uli,” has been a biologist, and instructor-trainer since 1996. He has experienced over 3000 biological dives in almost all waters and oceans of the world. He likes to travel around the world offering enthusiastic lectures he calls edutainment / "underwater biology," and diving medicine.

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Brad Climpson

Brad Climpson loves all things in nature. He has a passion to teach about terrestrial animals, including the wonderful marsupial fauna and reptile life found in Northern Australia. Brad’s travels have led him throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, as well as Bermuda, Fiji, Hawaii, the Maldives and Indonesia to spend time observing the natural environment and cultures in the areas.

 

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Kit van Wagner, Marine Biologist & Dive Master

 

Kit van Wagner has been steadily working her way around the globe, sharing her infatuation with marine life as she goes. She is keen to share her good humor and enthusiasm for wild places, wildlife, and remote cultures. Kit has enjoyed working internationally as a naturalist, lecturer, dive master and Zodiac skipper on expedition ships.

 

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Gudrun Bucher

Dr. Gudrun Bucher is an ethnologist and historian. Her research includes Cultural Anthropology of the Arctic and the North Pacific, and material culture of the Koryak, Kerek, Chukchi, Inuit and the Siberian Peoples. She lectures regularly on expedition cruises; following the footsteps of famous explorers to the Arctic, Antarctic and South Pacific.

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Ulrich Dornsiepen, Geologist

Ulrich Dornsiepen has extensive experience as a Geologist and lecturer. He has lectured in Geology at several Universities throughout Germany, and on cruise ships in the Arctic, Antarctic and South Pacific. He has guided excursions, which have led him to Iceland, Scandinavia, Bohemia, Carpathians, Alpes, and the Pyrenees, to name a few.
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Louis Justin, Lecturer

Louis Justin shares his knowledge of geography and the history of exploration as a lecturer aboard expedition ships. His interest for the natural world enables him to discuss subjects such as geophysics, navigation, weather, volcanoes, and related sciences. Lecturer, tour manager and expedition leader, Louis organises voyages and leads itineraries to the world’s most secluded wilderness and cultural jewels.

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Greg Mac Cormac, Marine Biologist & Dive Master

Greg McCormack is fascinated by pristine, remote ecosystems and dynamic cultures. His passion for sharing the wonders of the natural world with others has guided his work as a naturalist and educator. He has worked as an Alaskan River Guide, Kayak Expedition Leader, and a Dive Master throughout much of the South Pacific.

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Craig Ward, Marine Biologist & Dive Instructor

Craig Ward is a Dive Instructor & Marine Biologist. He has specialized in Marine education throughout the Indo-Pacific, particularly; the Northern Great Barrier Reef, the Kimberley, South East Asia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. He has taught hundreds of people to dive and has provided in-depth knowledge of the reef to novices and scientists alike.
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Anjali Pande, Marine Biologist

 

Anjali has always been passionate about animals from a young age, and subsequently studied zoology, doing a side step into the marine world when organisms of the sea fascinated her. She completed her PhD in Marine Ecology in 2001, specializing in Marine Reserve research.

 

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Aliscia Young, Photographer

Aliscia Young is an award-winning, professional photographer and digital media designer from New Zealand. She has produced two successful exhibitions about nature and conservation, and finds true inspiration and creativity through her love of photographing nature. She is always looking for the next opportunity to "chase the light" with her camera.

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Daniela Plaza, Photographer

 

Daniela Plaza has a passion for photography, which led her to pursue her education from Ecuador to Spain, and back. She has worked aboard expedition cruise ships in the Galapagos Islands, and continues her work as a professional photographer.

 

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Desirée Cruz, Naturalist Guide

Desirée’s heart belongs to guiding. She has been a Galapagos National Park’s Naturalist since 1987. Having worked as Deputy Director and External Relations Officer for the Galapagos National Park Service has allowed her the opportunity to experience a Galapagos most of us don’t get to see. She also worked for the Galapagos Provincial Chamber of Tourism, starting a program to promote environmental responsibility in land-based tour operations. 

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Annabel Matthews, Historian & Environmentalist

Annabel Matthews loves sharing her knowledge and passion for history and the environment. Her adventures, which started at a very young age, have taken her to explore many continents, peoples, endemic wildlife, and political influences. Now based in New Zealand, she specialises in the natural environment, and history of World War II.

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Dries William Degel, Naturalist Guide

 

Dries William Degel Andrade has followed the path of his father and uncle as a Naturalist Guide. He has been involved in different projects of conservation and ecotourism, as well as campaigns to eradicate introduced species of plants and animals to the Galapagos. He speaks various languages and has worked on several boats on the islands.

 

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David Shaw, Wildlife Biologist

David Shaw loves sharing his passion for the world’s wild places with others. He is a wildlife biologist, writer, and photographer based out of Fairbanks, Alaska. Dave’s photography and writing have been published in dozens of magazines across the world. You are likely to recognize him easily, as he is always carrying a pair of binoculars slung around his neck.

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Hanne Nielsen, Antarctic Studies Specialist

Hanne Nielsen hails from New Zealand and specializes in Antarctic literature and cultural representations of the continent. As an active member of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, Hanne enjoys sharing her passion for the Southern Continent with all those who will listen.

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Juan Pablo Seco Pon, Marine Biologist

 

Juan Pablo Seco Pon, has been devoted to the study and conservation of marine vertebrates, especially seabirds for the past ten years. He has conducted several research campaigns throughout the southwestern Atlantic, studying the interactions between seabirds and artisanal, and semi-industrial and industrial fisheries. He has published several papers on seabird ecology and conservation.

 

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Dr. Samuel Temidayo Osinubi, Ornithologist

Samuel Temidayo Osinubi (aka Dayo), brings an infectious passion to bird watching. His research programmes in Conservation Biology and Ecology have opened up the world of birds and travel, enabling him to watch and talk about birds in different parts of the world. Dayo’s goal is to experience diverse forms of nature and cultures.

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Maria Elena Aviles, Naturalist

 

From her very first visit to the Galapagos, Maria Elena Aviles fell in love with the islands; its animals, plants and volcanoes left her mesmerized. As a young girl she found nature intriguing, and now her job allows her to combine most of her passions, and live in one of the last paradises on earth.

 

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Maria Gabriela Espinoza, Naturalist Guide

Gaby has been a Naturalist Guide in the Galápagos for the last 20 years, and shares her passion for the “Enchanted Islands” with her quiet life at the beach of Playas; a small town close to the big city of Guayaquil. Gaby has been working with the Galápagos National Park in educational projects, and actively works with the community in the ecotourism field to develop eco-friendly trips in the area. For her, the Galápagos Islands are paradise. 

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Mark Brazil, Ornithologist

Mark Brazil is a sought after lecturer. He is the author of several books on East Asia, and his work has allowed him to travel the world in search of wild places, wildlife and birds. Mark enjoys sharing his years of experience and passion for natural history with his fellow travellers.

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Martin Loyola, Naturalist

Martin Loyola is always exploring his surroundings and experimenting with all the different resources the Galapagos has to offer. He believes it to be the most wonderful place on earth, and is happy to share his knowledge of nature and animals, and beautiful photography with those who come to visit.

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Santiago Bejarano, General Naturalist

Santiago Bejarano’s career began over two decades ago as a naturalist guide and tour leader in the Amazon Rainforest, Andes and the Galapagos Islands. His love and knowledge of the region and its wildlife allow him to capture the essence of these areas in his lectures. His travels have let him pursue his passion for wildlife photography.

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Stefan Kredel, Geologist

 

Stefan Kredel graduated with a Masters in Geology and Palaeontology. His travels have taken him to walk the Annapurna Circle Track in Nepal, follow the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu in Peru, and go deep inside some of the biggest copper, gold and diamond mines in the world. He has been lecturing on board expedition ships since 1998.

 

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Israel Mata Zavala, Naturalist Guide

 

Israel Mata Zavala is part of the fifth generation of a traditional Galapageño family from San Cristobal Island. His roots and culture have brought him to love, respect, and conserve nature. As a Naturalist Guide of the Galapagos National Park, he shares his knowledge and experience in this unique paradise.

 

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James Barreno, Naturalist

James Barreno grew up surrounded by wildlife in the amazing wonderland of the Galapagos. He takes after his father, also a Naturalist Guide. He has an interest and passion for the animals of the Galapagos and feels happy and blessed to share his knowledge with guests, while working in this unique paradise.

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Petra Zeitz, Historian/Lecturer

Petra Zeitz has worked as a Tour Director, Guide, and Enrichment Lecturer, both on land and at sea. She has visited over 80 countries on all seven continents. Petra presents customized and entertaining destination lectures with topics focusing on history and nature. She is also an enthusiastic photographer, with her pictures published in travel catalogues.

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Abel Nako, Vanuatu Specialist

 

Ni-Vanuatu Abel Nako, has been active in the growth and education in Vanuatu. He has established rural training centers, and has been instrumental in setting up a number of statutory bodies and institutions. Abel specializes in the authentic culture and natural environment of Vanuatu, and together with his wife Kathy, he runs one of the largest kava bars.

 

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Kathy Nako, Vanuatu Specialist

 

Kathy Nako has been living in Vanuatu since 1989. Originally travelling there as a volunteer teacher from Australia, she married and stayed to raise her family. Deeply immersed in modern Vanuatu society, she has a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities of contemporary Melanesia. Together with her husband Abel, she runs Vanuatu’s largest kava bar.

 

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Alexander Watson

 

Dr. Watson is an ecologist who has a special interest in birds and mammals. He currently works for “World Wide Fund for Nature” (WFF), where he runs field surveys with Traditional Owners in the North Kimberley. In the summer months he works as a guide in Antarctica and southeast Asia. Alexander is a passionate scientist who wishes to use his ecology background to ensure natural biodiversity is conserved, and hopes to empower Indigenous peoples.

 

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Brad Siviour, Naturalist

 

Brad has been working on expedition ships for the past two years in regions including the Kimberley of Western Australia, New Zealand and its sub-Antarctic islands, the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Borneo and Antarctica. Since he began working as a naturalist about five years ago, Brad has developed a keen interest in wildlife photography and is always willing to share hints and tips on how to capture that special moment while out in the field.

 

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Grace Winer

Grace, a geologist and naturalist, has sailed since 2005 as an educator on expedition voyages. She has participated in geological expeditions to the Cascade Range volcanoes, including a trek into Mount St. Helens’ crater. She has worked as a consulting geologist, RN and officer in the US Air Force Nurse Corps. She brings enthusiasm and knowledge of geology and natural history to fellow expedition voyagers in wild and remote areas of the globe.

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Mick Fogg

Award-winning wildlife photographer and adventurer Mick Fogg has spent the past 17 years leading expeditions and photographing some of the world’s most remote and spectacular destinations. He combines his passion for exploration and travel with a desire to educate people on the many wonders that abound in nature’s richest realms. Recognised for his conservation work, Mick was appointed the first Ambassador of Orangutan Foundation International.

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Victoria Salem

Victoria, always fascinated by the colder places on our planet, has been travelling regularly in Northern Europe, the Arctic, and Antarctica. She has worked in expedition cruising for 15 seasons, focusing on history, culture and exploration. Victoria has lived in seven different countries and currently calls London and Hastings, UK her home. When on shore she works as a volunteer guide in art galleries, conservation centres and history museums.

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Danny Edmunds, General Naturalist

 

Danny Edmunds has worked as a photographer, diver, travel writer and boat handler in some of the most remote parts of the world. He's driven Zodiacs in all the oceans on the planet, spent 16 months living south of the Antarctic Circle, and has worked in both Wales and the Isles of Scilly on marine monitoring projects. He is a RYA Powerboat Instructor, holds a UK Commercial Skipper’s licence, and is a BSAC Diving Instructor.

 

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Anke Timmerberg

 

Anke’s love for pristine nature has spurred her curiosity to embark on journeys to Scandinavia, Canada, New Zealand and other countries. While travelling all over the world she discovered her passion for the polar regions. Anke has had many seasons in such remote places as Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland and Antarctica. She has worked as a photographer and general naturalist and is happy to share her passion and knowledge with guests onboard.

 

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Dr. Danae Sheehan, Ornithologist & Ecologist

Dr. Danae Sheehan is a conservation ecologist with an interest in ornithology and landscape ecology. For the last 14 years she has worked for the non-governmental organisation, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She has been involved in ecological research and conservation in many different habitats and countries. As a passionate biologist, she is devoted to protecting and restoring natural environments for both people and wildlife.

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Ernesto Vaca, BIO Guide

Guayaquil native, Ernesto Vaca, became a naturalist of the Galápagos National Park in 1989 and has been in touch with nature ever since. Ernesto has had the fortune of working as a park ranger, a technician, an author, and the very first Boy Scout of the archipelago. He is an experienced naturalist and lecturer, but considers himself an enthusiastic apprentice, excitedly discovering along with those that accompany him on his explorations.

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Hernan Olaya, BIO Guide

Hernan Olaya was born and raised in San Cristobal, the political capital of the Galápagos. He has a degree in Hotel and Management Tourism. His true passion (sharks), however, began at age 14, when he had a close encounter with hammerhead sharks. Hernan has been guiding in the Galápagos since 2009. He has two hobbies in life, photography and all sea-related sports such as surfing, snorkeling, and most importantly, diving and swimming with sharks.

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Ivan Vasquez, Photographer

Ivan moved to San Cristobal, Galápagos at the age of five where he grew up among a family of artists. He founded the first musical band in San Cristobal Island, and recorded two albums inspired by the Galápagos. In 2010, he discovered a new art tool to express his creativity; a camera. Ivan is an avid naturalist photographer and environmentalist and promotes cultural development in Galápagos through art and educational workshops for the community.

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Jose Valdivieso

 

As a child, Jose liked to explore the earth. What he remembers the most from his childhood in the Galápagos is the orange color of the sunset. His father’s influence led him to obtain a certification to become a Naturalist of the Galápagos National Park. Jose has a passion for preserving the natural environment of the Galápagos and loves to be a Naturalist because he can explore the Galápagos and the earth through the eyes of our visitors.

 

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Juan Carlos Sosa

Juan Carlos has been guiding for over 30 years. He feels he has always been called to this vocation and loves to show off his country’s beauty. He has an official license as a National Guide and became a Naturalist Guide for the Galápagos Islands in 1994. In 2000, he received an award of excellency from the Prince of Luxembourg and the Charles Darwin Foundation for fundraising programs he created for the conservation of the Galápagos Islands.

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Kate Rennaste

Growing up in the Blue Mountains in NSW Australia, Kate’s love and interest for the outdoors was inevitable, spending most of her time exploring her surrounding landscape. In 2012, Kate began working on Silver Explorer and set sail on her first expedition. With the knowledge of the Silversea fleet, Kate joined the expedition team as Staff Assistant. She is excited at what the new day will bring in further exploration and continued adventure.

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Veronica Naranjo Fernandez

Veronica was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She visited the Galápagos Islands when she was seven years old, and had the privilege of spending her entire childhood there. Her experience working for the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station in Fundraising and Public Relations lead her to become a Naturalist Guide in 2001. As a freelance Naturalist Guide, she shows visitors the beauty and uniqueness of the Galápagos.

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Xavier Garcia

 

Xavier considers himself a Galápagueño, having moved to San Cristóbal when he was six years old. As a child he was interested in being a guide, however his interest eventually turned to Communication and Media. After some years working in this field in Quito and Guayaquil, he moved back to the Galápagos to become a Galápagos National Park Naturalist Guide in 2009. He brings his fascination and love for the islands to your Silversea experience.

 

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Xavier Suarez

Xavier was born in the city of Guayaquil. As he was growing up, Xavier had the opportunity to discover the fragility and uniqueness of the remote islands of the Galápagos, and consequently developed a deep love and passion for the archipelago. By age 21, Xavier became a Galápagos National Park Naturalist Guide. He truly believes that being a guide is a great way to spread the word to others about the value of wildlife and its conservation.

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Bruno Cazarini

 

Inspired photographer and world traveller, Bruno Cazarini captures the beauty of the world through his photography. As a photographer and ship-based logistics specialist, he has travelled to more than 90 different countries all over the world. His latest work includes a 60-day expedition through the Amazon jungle. Specializing in digital photography, he also has a passion for teaching and lecturing about digital photography.

 

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Florian Huber

Florian Huber, M.A., studied Archaeology, Nordic philology, and Anthropology in both Germany and Sweden. He is a member and lecturer of the research staff at the Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany; his main focus is Underwater Archaeology. Florian has been diving for more than 25 years and has led underwater archaeological research projects all over the world.

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Fritz Hertel

 

Fritz Hertel first dedicated himself to forestry. After finishing his education as a forestry engineer he began his studies in ecology with a focus on animals, which he finalized with a Master’s degree in woodpecker foraging surveys, in 2001. Throughout his life he has had a deep interest in nature and its conservation. Particularly, birds rule his life. Watching and counting birds, and guiding bird song excursions are his favorite activities.

 

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Dr. Greg Calvert

Dr. Greg Calvert is an Australian biologist with a deep passion for tropical plants and animals. He grew up in Papua New Guinea and tropical Queensland – fertile ground for the budding biologist. Greg received his degree in Botany and Zoology at James Cook University in North Queensland. He started working on cruise ships in 1995, lecturing and guiding cruises across northern Australia, New Guinea, South Africa and the South Pacific.

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Guillermo Knell

Guillermo grew up in Lima, Peru where he received his B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. degree in Ecotourism. He has worked as a naturalist guide, expedition leader, and consultant for non-governmental organizations that worked on ecotourism projects. His professional experience has given him the opportunity to join many trips as a naturalist guide on expeditions ships in the Amazon basin, High Arctic, Antarctica and West coast of South America.

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Prof. James Floyd, Geological Consultant, Military and Maritime Historian and Science Communicator

 

A native of Scotland, Professor James Floyd, has recently retired as District Geologist after 36 years with the British Geological Survey (NERC) in Edinburgh and now works as a geological consultant and freelance science, military and maritime history communicator on cruise ships. In addition to communicating popular science, expedition cruising allows him to share his other passions of modern naval, maritime and exploration history and travel.

 

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Lars Maltha Rasmussen

Lars has worked with bird monitoring and scientific research for more than 25 years. He has a scientific interest in seabirds and a thorough knowledge of many aspects of arctic wildlife and ecology. He is currently based in Copenhagen, counseling in environmental impact assessment, conservation management, bird ecology, and Arctic environment. Since 2010, Lars has guided in the Arctic on tours in Svalbard, East Greenland, and West Greenland.

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Malcolm Turner

Malcolm loves sharing his passion for wildlife and the natural environment with others. He has worked for over thirty years as a biologist in Australia. Most recently he has been a manager of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Malcolm has been a lecturer on expedition cruise ships in Australia, South-east Asia and the Pacific. He loves nothing better than to discuss ocean and coastal life with fellow cruisers, and he always has a story to tell.

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Robert Marc Lehmann, Marine Biologist & Scientific Diver

Robert is a marine biologist and scientific diver. He has completed more than 1,500 dives all over the world from the Arctic to New Zealand in all climate zones. He started travelling when he was 18 and has been exploring continents ever since. He is an award-winning underwater photographer, specializing in large underwater animals, accordingly he has worked as an expedition guide for professional photographers and filmmaking teams around the world. His passion for nature and photography always engages his audience.

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Susan Currie

 

Having started her career in the oil industry, Susan was first tempted by the cruise industry in 2002 when she was offered her first expedition cruise in the Antarctic Peninsula. From that point on, all of her vacation time and a considerable amount of unpaid leave-of-absence was spent exploring different parts of the world on expedition cruise ships. In 2012, she left the oil industry and devoted herself full-time to expedition cruise work.

 

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Willow Zuchowski

 

Willow Zuchowski is a botanist, guide, author, and illustrator, who has lived in Monteverde, Costa Rica for more than 30 years. In 2004, she founded ProNativas, a native ornamental plant network, and is active in efforts to protect Costa Rica's unique biodiversity. Her knowledge of tropical botany mostly stems from years of field work in Costa Rica's forests. She is the author of Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora.

 

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Yvonne Mortola

 

Yvonne fell in love with the Galápagos while on a visit, and moved to the islands shortly thereafter to become a Naturalist Guide. She has guided both in local and private vessels. Education and conservation are very important to her. She founded a swimming club and a sailing club to promote sports in children, is a member of the Scalesia Education Foundation, and helps in the organization of the Galápagos Triathlon and the Galápagos Challenge.

 

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Britta Munkes

Britta is a marine biologist and research diver. She is interested in the impact of human-induced stressors on marine ecosystems and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem stability. She began her career researching the impacts of small schools of fish on coral reefs, feeding ecology of sponges, and the response of coral to heat stress. She has also worked on stabilizing seagrass meadows and algae forests against nutrient pollution.

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