Expedition Team

Our team is essential to the quality of your experience


The quality of our veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for exceptional expeditions. Add to that the fact that National Geographic Orion’s expedition team also includes a complement of veteran naturalists well-versed in the flora, fauna and human history of the South Pacific, and you can travel with complete confidence, assured of the richest, most in-depth experience of this fascinating region possible.


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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  • Alex Krowiak

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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  • Chris Cook

    Undersea Specialist
    A self confessed “animal nerd,” Chris falls under many titles: marine biologist, marine interpreter, dive master, science communicator, and naturalist. Chris was lucky enough to grow up on the East Coast of Australia, where there are no shortage of different coastal environments to explore. While growing up, his friends would be surfing while he would be under the waves, snorkel and mask on looking for fish and all the weird and wonderful creatures he couldn’t get enough of. This love of the ocean lead to him completing a Bachelor of Science in 2005.

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  • Heidy Baumgartner-Lesage

    Cultural Specialist
    Originally from Lucerne, Switzerland, archaeological restorer and conservator Heidy has lived in Tahiti since 1986, working with the local Department of Archaeology in excavations throughout French Polynesia and as a freelance tour guide and lecturer. 

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  • Jennifer Kingsley

    Naturalist
    Jennifer Kingsley is a Canadian journalist, a National Geographic Explorer, and the Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions. She has travelled extensively in the global Arctic and throughout the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Rim. After completing her biology degree, she worked in Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks before moving to British Columbia to specialize in grizzly bear ecology. Jennifer spent several seasons sailing among the whales, bears, and wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

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  • Jimmy White

    Expedition Leader
    Jimmy has been coordinating education and research teams for national universities, international non-government organizations, and documentary companies for more than 10 years. Jimmy’s expertise lies in the coordination and implementation of field education and remote area research.

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  • Josh Humbert

    National Geographic Photographer
    Based in French Polynesia and Portland, Oregon, Josh Humbert specializes in photographing marine environments and focuses his work on images that tell a deeper story for conservation. In 2014, Josh documented a digital story for National Geographic about the conservation thread surrounding Tahitian pearl farming. Having arrived there at the age of two, he is deeply connected to Tahitian culture and custom and has been involved in pearl farming for over 25 years through his own family's pearl farm in the northern Tuamotus. Humbert’s professional career began by shooting photos swimming amid the surfing waves of Tahiti. Josh’s love for and ease in the water infuses his work, and his ability to get close to fish on breath-hold allows him to capture unique angles and content. Humbert is also a current world record holder spearfisherman. Josh’s images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and have appeared in numerous magazines and books worldwide. Humbert additionally provides work for conservation NGOs and civil engineering firms across the Pacific Northwest in Oregon and Washington.

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