Expedition Team

Our knowledgeable team is the key to your incredible adventure


Take an Alaska adventure trip in the company of the region’s most knowledgeable staff, and enjoy the best staff-to-guest ratio—for greater choice and diversity of interest and personalities. Benefit from their expertise: marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible place. Our naturalists are also knowledgeable about Haida culture, the wildlife, and the intimate connections between them. Plus two Haida interpreters will offer local perspective and insight. Our onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you capture key moments, regardless of your skill level. And additional photo instructors plus a National Geographic photographer accompany our Photo Expedition departures—enhancing the quality of your experience.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Adam Jenkins

    Expedition Leader
    Adam began sailing as a boy off of Port Townsend WA. He acquired his Master Mariners license at age 18 and began working as a yacht captain aboard Puget Sound charter yachts. After attending the University of Washington, Adam embarked on a single-handed voyage down the Pacific Coast aboard Saint Brendan, his 27-foot sloop. On this voyage, he explored the Sea of Cortez, transited the Panama Canal, circumnavigated the Caribbean Sea and explored the eastern seaboard from Florida to Nova Scotia. During this four-year voyage, Adam made a living as a professional sailor, sailing as master aboard various vessels in the Caribbean Sea and lived aboard his boat in Guatemala and Belize for a year. Other global adventures include traveling the length of Pakistan by train and four-wheel drive truck, trekking in the Hindu Kush, exploring Patagonia and climbing in Torres Del Paine National Park, skippering the expedition yacht MV Peregrine in South East Alaska and the Queen Charlotte Islands BC (Haida Gwaii).

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  • Allison Dickey

    Wellness Specialist
    Allison was raised on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, and has spent every other summer of her childhood in a small Bavarian farm village with her mother’s side of the family. The opportunity to grow up bouncing back and forth between two different, yet equally beautiful parts of the world undoubtedly planted the seeds that have now sprouted into a love of nature, travel, adventure, and culture.

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  • David Jaffe

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    For more than 20 years David Jaffe has guided and taught a variety of audiences about our natural world and our connection with it. His childhood interest in natural systems eventually brought him to Evergreen State College where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geology, followed by a M.S in Applied Ecology from the University of Vermont. Mingling an academic background with experience working around the world in exceptionally diverse environments, he is able to efficiently observe, understand, and interpret natural and cultural history.

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  • Doug Gould

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Travel and adventure were an integral part of Doug’s upbringing in a small town on the south shore of Long Island, New York. Growing up on the Great South Bay, his family claims Doug learned to sail before he learned to walk. Whether it was camping, sailing, birding, traveling across country or spending most of fifth grade living in Europe, Doug’s formative years left him with a love of wildlife, the outdoors, and a desire to keep moving. 

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  • Eryn Bordes

    Naturalist
    Born in Southeastern United States, Eryn first discovered the beauty of nature by exploring her neighborhood loblolly pine forests. Her creative nature led her to earn a degree in art, and later expressed itself in a love of exploring the details of nature as a botanist.

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  • Kayvon Malek

    Undersea Specialist
    In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

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  • Linda Burback

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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  • Sarah Culler

    Video Chronicler
    Sarah was raised on a multi-generational family dairy farm, established circa 1815 in Lucas, Ohio. Consequently, her first paying job was milking cows! Rewarding as it was to get paid for the first time, she found her passion behind the lens of a camera. Growing up on the farm gave her not only a strong work ethic but also the love of nature and being outdoors. 

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