A world-class team of experts will accompany each expedition to share their knowledge and insights with you and bring each destination to life. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture and archaeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine. On assignment he has traveled from the highest peaks in the Andes to the depths of the deepest cave in the world. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. For the past two years, he photographed the Seven Natural Wonders of the World with Microsoft Smartphones. His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communication Arts, and have been exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Recent appearances include NPR, PBS, and CBS Saturday Morning. Stephen is also a frequent consultant and commenter on how new photographic technology is changing the world.
Geographer, educator, and author Stephen F. Cunha spent ten years as a national park ranger in Yosemite and Alaska. Now a geography professor at California's Humboldt State University, he studies diverse landscapes around the world. He is the author of National Geographic's Our Fifty States and How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: The Official Study Guide. For more than a decade, he directed the California Geographic Alliance, which promotes geographic education and literacy among California teachers, students, and the public. Stephen spent four years developing the Pamir National Park in eastern Tajikistan, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. He recently received the California State University system’s highest award for exemplary contributions and achievements in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Service.
Jack Daulton is a popular lecturer on the cultural history of non-Western civilizations and has been an expert on trips to more than 50 countries. His research has focused on the art and architecture of Asia and Africa as well as the study of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. Jack is also an attorney with a focus on international law relating to the preservation and conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. In a widely reported 1995 federal case, he recovered a thousand-year-old sculpture that had been stolen from a temple in Southeast Asia.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has been a photojournalist for more than 40 years, traveling to over 100 countries and covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack submarine. Jay has been joining National Geographic Expeditions for over a decade and has travelled to all seven continents. A popular photography instructor, he has also published a best-selling guide called Perfect Digital Photography, as well as numerous articles for National Geographic, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Forbes.
Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for more than 25 years and currently resides in Nepal. Author of four books, she has explored deeply the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and others on subjects ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry, nomadism, and geology. She has recently been involved with working with female immolations at a hospital burn unit and has delved extensively into the history of women’s relationship to fire and sacrifice in the Hindu world. On the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which preserves sacred pilgrimage sites and traditions, Carroll has a keen interest in environmental conservation issues regarding sacred spaces of South Asia. A practitioner of yoga and ayurveda, committed to fostering income generation among marginalised women so they may support their families' health and education, Carroll has formulated ayurvedic products for The Body Shop and founded Wild Earth, a sustainable social enterprise producing handcrafted herbal products in the Himalaya. Carroll and her family have spent the last ten summers living with nomads in central Mongolia.
Jason Edwards has been at the forefront of natural history photography for three decades. A passion for animals and the environment defines his extensive career. Since embarking on that career at the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Jason has been recognized globally for his contributions to science, the environment, and the arts. Among other accolades, he is a two-time winner of the Eureka Prize for Science Photography, three-time winner of Communication Arts Photography Annual, two-time winner of the ProMax Golden Muse, and winner of the Australian Geographic Society's Pursuit of Excellence Award. Jason is an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and he uses his lens to narrate and highlight issues affecting wildlife, the environment, and indigenous communities. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including National Geographic magazine, BBC Wildlife, Australian Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, and The New Yorker. Through his commissioned work and as the face of the National Geographic Channel’s Pure Photography, he has taken his storytelling to dozens of countries and to every continent. Jason is also an author of science education books, and his imagery has appeared in everything from environmental campaigns to Hollywood blockbusters.
Travel writer Don George is an editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler magazine, as well as host of the National Geographic Live series of conversations with notable authors. In four decades as a travel writer and editor, Don has visited more than 90 countries on five continents. He has traveled throughout—and written extensively about—Europe and Asia. He has also lived in France, Greece, and Japan, working as a translator in Paris, a teacher in Athens, and a television talk show host in Tokyo. Don is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George, and has received dozens of writing awards, including the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year Award.
Anthropologist and linguist David Harrison has been a National Geographic Fellow and co-director of the Society’s Enduring Voices Project, documenting endangered languages and cultures around the world. He has done extensive fieldwork with indigenous communities from Siberia and Mongolia to Peru, India, and Australia. His global research is the subject of the acclaimed documentary film The Linguists, and his work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, USA Today, and Science. David is both a professor of linguistics and associate provost for academic programs at Swarthmore College.
Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler, and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University, he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books, including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively, with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar. He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for National Geographic.
Archaeologist William Saturno is a National Geographic Explorer specializing in early civilizations. He has received numerous grants from the Society to support his ongoing excavations of ancient Maya murals in Guatemala. His breakthrough discovery at San Bartolo of the oldest intact Maya murals yet found became the focus of the National Geographic magazine articles "The Sistine Chapel of the Early Maya" in December 2003 and "The Dawn of Maya Gods and Kings" in January 2006. The June 2012 issue described his recent unearthing of murals at Xultún. Outside of Mesoamerica, Bill has conducted archaeological research in the American Southwest, Bolivia, Cambodia, and most recently on the North Coast of Peru. He has taught university courses that encompass major archeological and historical sites all over the world.
David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.
Art historian Paula Swart has been a museum curator for more than 20 years. Born in The Hague in the Netherlands, she studied at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and holds degrees in art history, history, archaeology, and Chinese studies. Paula speaks five languages, including Dutch and Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on art and architecture. She has researched Dutch trade and exploration, and has a special interest in 17th-century Dutch still life paintings. Paula studied and helped curate an exhibition of artifacts from the shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Witte Leeuw (White Lion), which was found off the island of St. Helena and documented in the October 1978 issue of National Geographic magazine.
Biologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker Tierney Thys is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences. She has traveled to every continent and visited more than 60 countries. She is an expert on giant ocean sunfishes and the Daily Explorer in National Geographic's Animal Jam, an online world boasting 70 million registered players in 120 countries and five languages. Tierney has received numerous grants from the Society, has active marine study sites in Indonesia and Galapagos and has developed student expeditions in Monterey, Belize and Bali. Additional research activities include investigating how nature imagery influences brain activity and the effects of nature on incarcerated populations. Tierney is a TED All-Star speaker and passionate about sharing the wonders of the world and promoting global stewardship.
Amy Toensing is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. She has photographed stories close to home, from Maine and the Jersey shore, to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the Australian outback. Toensing has completed 15 feature stories for National Geographic, and is one of 11 photographers in the National Geographic book and traveling exhibition Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which profiles the lives and work of important photojournalists and goes behind the lens of their individual assignments. Amy's stories are primarily intimate essays reflecting the lives of ordinary people. She spent four years documenting Aboriginal Australia for a story that was published in the June 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. More recently, her global story on widowhood was featured in the February 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine and was supported by The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her images have also appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic Traveler. Amy has led photo workshops in Santa Fe and New Orleans, as well as taught at National Geographic’s Photo Camps, which use photography to help youth and young adults in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices.
Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specialising in documenting the remote corners and cultures of the world. Nevada’s journeys have taken her to many of the planet’s deserts, mountains, and urban jungles, and more than 100 countries across the globe, from Colombia to Mongolia and Iceland to India. Her work has appeared in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler magazines, as well as Geo, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, Smithsonian, and numerous other publications. Nevada is a well-known keynote speaker and workshop instructor, and her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. She has also been featured in television productions such as National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Through the Lens. Wier is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society.
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