De bibliografiën van onze expeditieleiders:
Er waren 13 expeditieleiders aan boord van ons schip. Zij gingen mee aan land, zorgden dat alles zo soepel mogelijk verliep, en gaven aan boord bijna dagelijks lezingen over allerlei culturele, historische, politieke en naturalistische onderwerpen die te maken hadden met de reis en de landen die we aan het bezoeken waren. Erg leuk om sommige van deze extreem-ervaren mensen te spreken!
Hieronder vind je de (Engelstalige) biografiën van onze expeditieleiders...
LYN MAIR, EXPEDITION LEADER
Born and raised in Zimbabwe Lyn developed a passion for wild and untamed places, animals and birds in particular, at a young age. She has been visiting the many countries of West Africa since 1990 searching for rare and endemic birds of the equatorial rainforests and has travelled widely throughout Africa visiting over 30 different countries on the continent. Turning her passion into a profession she has been leading natural history and bird watching tours for international groups, for over a decade, to Madagascar and Seychelles for their endemic flora and fauna, Israel for the Spring Bird Migration and majestic, mysterious Bhutan in the foothills of the Himalayas, as well as Malaysia including Borneo.
Lyn has been working on board small, specialist expedition-type cruise ships circumnavigating the entire African continent, and has made numerous voyages along the West African coast over the last 12 years. Besides specializing in West Africa, she spends time on board ships plying the waters of the western Indian Ocean lecturing on natural history and has and has worked on board ships in Antarctica lecturing on board and leading shore excursions for many years. She was Cruise Director on board a small cruise ship exploring the great rivers of Senegal and The Gambia for three years.
Lyn enthusiastically loves sharing her knowledge as leader of expeditions in Africa. Lyn is proudly the senior author of Seychelles The Bradt Travel Guide, contributor to Mali, the Bradt Guide and is a published photographer.
When not gadding around the planet Lyn lives in Cape Town on the edge of a wetland.
SUSAN ADIE, ASSISTANT EXPEDITION LEADER
Having grown up in the mountains and lakes of upstate New York, Susan developed a passion for the environment around her. As a graduate of Cornell University, she worked with both state and national governments to facilitate environmental education in the area of resource management and Endangered Species reintroduction programs. During this time, one of her most proud accomplishments was the development a weekly radio program for Cornell University that focused on ornithology, that later went national.
30 years ago, Susan had her first opportunity to go to sea as an educator. First traveling to Alaska she went to sea as a naturalist / lecture which eventually lead to her becoming Expedition Leader for more than 140 expeditions in Antarctica. She has lectured and lead expeditions in other wilderness areas around the world in remote tropical locations such as the Amazon, Galapagos, South Pacific Central and South America and polar regions such as Svalbard, Siberia, Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Franz Josef Land including full circumnavigations of Antarctica.
For 30 years while traveling the world on expedition ships Susan also ran a business that brought environmental education programs into schools in the USA. Her inspirational presentations would be heard by over 15,000 middle school children annually. In addition her company Northwind Nature Education Opportunities developed training materials and workshops for teachers. Her efforts gained her recognition by the National Wildlife Federation that honored her as Outdoor Educator of the Year.
She joined the G Adventures Team two years ago as Expedition Operations Manager and Expedition Leader. In her office role she designs and implements the itineraries for the MS Expedition; hires, trains and manages the expedition staff; manages all documentation for permits for the ship to travel into the worlds remote destinations.
PETER BAXTER, HISTORIAN – LECTURER
Peter Baxter is an author, amateur historian and African field, mountain and heritage travel guide. Born in Kenya and educated in Zimbabwe, he has lived and travelled over much of southern and central Africa. He has guided in all the major African mountain ranges south of the equator, helping develop the concept of sustainable travel, and the touring of battlefield and heritage sites in East Africa. Peter lives in Oregon, USA, working on the marketing of African heritage travel as well as a variety of book projects. His interests include British Imperial history in Africa and the East Africa campaign of the First World War in particular. His first published book was Rhodesia: Last Outpost of the British Empire, published by Galago Press. He has also written several books in the Africa@War series for Helion Press, UK, including France in Centrafrique, Selous Scouts, Mau Mau, SAAF’s Border War, a comprehensive history of the Rhodesia Regiment and an analysis of the US intervention in Somalia during the early 1990s.
STEVE BOYES, NATURALIST – LECTURER
Steve Boyes obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Development (Protected Areas management) at the University of Natal, South Africa, in 2002. His passion has always been wilderness. As a result, the call of the bush was too strong and, after a few years working as a biodiversity consultant, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to move to the Okavango Delta, Botswana, to work as a safari guide and camp manager. Shortly after arriving in Botswana, he set up the Meyer’s Parrot Project and began data collection for his PhD Zoology, which he completed in 2009 with no corrections.
Steve’s passion for African parrot conservation is contagious and he has conducted seminars and talks at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, California (Berkeley) and Colorado (Boulder), as well as the Bronx Zoo and several local and international conferences. He spent the whole of 2006 in Prof Steve Beissinger’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where he established a strong working relationship with the US parrot conservation community. Steve is currently a DST/NRF Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. His postdoctoral research will be on the conservation biology of the Critically Endangered Cape Parrot in the Amathole and Transkei regions of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He will also be coordinating several community-based conservation projects aimed at mitigating the impacts of current extinction threats, including a community nest box workshop, indigenous tree nursery and planting scheme, and the management of a Cape Parrot Sanctuary. One of his core focuses will be to better understand the dynamics that support a recent outbreak of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD) in wild Cape Parrots in the Eastern Cape.
DAVID CONRAD, ETHNO-HISTORIAN – LECTURER
David Conrad’s Africa experience began with Peace Corps service in Nigeria (1964-66), which included overland travel through West Africa from Cameroon to Senegal. He continued in Ethiopia as a project leader for Operation Crossroads Africa in 1968, and in 1969 with an overland photographic expedition from Morocco to Egypt. In 1975 he traveled overland across the Sahara Desert from Southern Algeria to Northern Nigeria, and then westward through Niger and Burkina Faso to Mali for a year’s doctoral research. David holds a Ph.D. in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, is Emeritus Professor of History, State University of New York at Oswego, and is a recipient of major grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. From 1986 to 2008 he served as President of the Mande Studies Association, an organization of several hundred scholars from thirty countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, for whom he organized and administered international conferences in The Netherlands (1995 & 2002), The Gambia (1998), Guinea (2005), and Portugal (2008).
Specializing in oral tradition, indigenous religion and early kingdoms of the Western Sudan, David regularly returns to his research villages in Guinea and Mali, and in 2008-09 he was ethno-historian of a Yale University fieldwork project on the Baga peoples of Guinea. David has made over thirty trips to Africa, and since 2006 he has lectured to travel groups in twenty countries north and south of the Sahara. In 2008 he made television appearances in the “Sahel to the Sahara” episode of Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe (PBS) and The Discovery Channel’s The Lost Gold of Timbuktu with Josh Bernstein. In Lisbon that same year he was presented with a festschrift titled Mande Mansa: Essays in Honor of David C. Conrad. Among his books are A State of Intrigue, Epic Ancestors of the Sunjata Era, SomonoBala of the Upper Niger, Sunjata: A West African Epic (excerpted in The Norton Anthology of World Literature) and the prize-winning Empires of Medieval West Africa.
CONRAD HENNIG, NATURALIST – LECTURER
Conrad’s passion for the great outdoors started early in sub-urban Johannesburg, South Africa , whilst falling out of tree houses busy identifying Barbets and Ibises with a 3rd edition of Roberts’ Birds in hand.
After completing a BSc.(Hons) in Zoology at the University of KwaZulu Natal, it soon became apparent that his aptitude lay not in dreary scientific methodology but with people.
His love for all creatures great and small saw him complete his diving instructors’ course, collect insects from all over for his “collection” still found on the study wall and eventually join Wilderness Safaris in Malawi. After two years of running safaris, he was transferred to the Okavango Delta in Botswana where he ran safaris for the next 5 years. He also led safaris for NGOs and Alumni throughout southern Africa as well as further affield in the wilds of Madagascar and Eastern Africa.
The ocean was never far away from his heart, and constantly chose to spend his “down time” at one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets, Rocktail Bay Lodge with its breeding turtles and exquisite SCUBA diving. Over the last five years Conrad has fallen in love with the Polar Regions of our planet, particularly Antarctica and northern Canada. He now leads expeditions to these last great wildernesses of our planet, as well as participating as lecturer on expeditions to the North Pole.
He is blessed with endless enthusiasm, and guests on one of his expeditions or safaris are sure to join him time and time again on different adventures. When not traveling, Conrad finds his home back in Johannesburg, where it all started, still looking for trees from which to fall out of…
WOLFGANG KAEHLER, PHOTOGRAPHER IN RESIDENCE
WOLFGANG KAEHLER has studied photography and photo engineering in his native Germany for six years. Since 1977 he has photographed around the world in over 200 countries for magazines and travel companies. He served as a photographer on an expedition cruise ship for four years and had the opportunity to explore and photograph some of the world's more remote regions. He has photographed in Antarctica on diverse trips, and his Antarctic collection is significantly one of the largest of any professional photographer's in the world.
In 1985 he was awarded First Prize in the Composition & Form category of the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition, sponsored by BBC Wildlife and the Museum Of Natural History in London. His winning photo, "Penguins on Ice", was one of 8,500 worldwide entries. In 1988 he was selected by National Geographic as one of 100 photographers for a worldwide exhibit and book Odyssey-The Art Of Photography At National Geographic. In 1989 The Chicago Headline Club awarded him the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in the category of Photojournalism.
Presently, Wolfgang photographs throughout the world on assignment for various publications, advertising agencies, and travel companies. His photographs appear in some of the world's most prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Geo, Smithsonian, Natural History, Audubon, Islands, Time-Life, Travel & Leisure, World Wildlife Fund, UNICEF, and International Wildlife. In September of 1989 his book, Penguins, was published by Chronicle Books in San Francisco, in August 2005 his book Charles Darwin’s The Voyage of the Beagle was published by Barnes & Nobel. Wolfgang currently lectures for photography organizations as well as museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His in-depth photo safaris and workshops take him all over the world including places such as Botswana, Namibia, India, China, the Galapagos, Brazil and Antarctica. At the moment Wolfgang is publishing "Coffee Table eBook app". For more photos please visit his website at: www.wkaehlerphoto.com. His first apps got released:
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LUCIA DE LEIRIS, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Lucia is a natural history and landscape artist has worked in many parts of the world including including Africa, the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, the Arctic, and Antarctica. She recently stayed at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, painting the wild chimpanzees where Jane Goodall’s long term study continues.
With a degree in zoology, she has illustrated for natural history books and magazines and has exhibited widely. Venues for solo exhibitions have included Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington DC), Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge MA), The Newport Art Museum (Newport RI), the National Science Foundation (Arlington VA).
A three-time grantee of the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist and Writer's program, Lucia deLeiris stayed in Antarctica illustrating books including "The Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsula" (Moss/Columbia University Press, '88), "Antarctic Journal" (Hooper/National Geographic, 2000), “The Island that Moved (Hooper/Viking, 2004). She lived in a camp on the frozen Ross Sea in 1995 producing paintings of the Antarctic wilderness. In 2006 and 2008 she travelled on icebreakers to the geographic North Pole, Svalbard and Greenland as artist in residence.
BRONWEN CLACHERTY, MUSICIAN - LECTURER
Bronwen is a graduate BMus (Jazz performance) of The South African College of Music, University of Cape Town where she studied Jazz Vibraphone, Classical Percussion, Cuban Percussion and African Instruments forcussing on South African bows.
She recently completed her Masters in Participatory and Community Arts at Goldsmith’s College, Universtity of London.
Bronwen works as a freelance musician in Cape Town. She performs and records with ensembles ranging from Jazz, African, Classical and Pop. She has worked with many established musicians from all over the world such as Frank Biyong and Massak, Bobby McFerrin and BhekiKhoza.
In 2011 she recorded an album with her own project, The Tholakele Project. Bronwen blends traidtional South African music and reworks it to become her own sound. The project works to fuse different languages and musical styles from Southern Africa. The project has included many Southern African musicians and now she is experimenting with the same music as a solo project.
DAVID VAN NIEKERK, VINTNER
David van Niekerk was born in Cape Town, South Africa, he has always had a drawing to the sea and the activities involved with it. He is a keen yachtsman sailing keel boats and multi hulls, as well as having spent much time fishing and diving in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. He has been involved in research with the West Coast crayfish on the coast of South Africa while studying at University; this lasted for three years during his vacations. He studied Industrial Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch as well as various Diplomas in Oenology and Viticulture. David built his wine cellar, High Constantia, in 2000, as well as having planted 14.5 hectares (31.9 acres) of vineyards in the Constantia Valley. High Constantia`s sparkling wine, Clos Andre, has been chosen to represent South Africa at the Tri Nations tastings as well to be represented amongst some of the top wines in the world during First Growth tasting held in South Africa.
DOUG GOULD, ZODIAC DRIVER / NATURALIST
Doug Gould is a professional mariner with over 20 years experience with Search & Rescue and salvage of yachts and recreational boats. After receiving a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Doug mixed a short career in the Film and TV industry with travel and adventures like birding in Alaska, Antarctica and the Galapagos, diving off Roatan and the Bahamas, sailing down the Baja coast, cruising the British Virgin Island and transiting the Panama Canal. Taking time off from Hollywood, Doug worked two summers for the Catalina Island Harbor Patrol where he thrived on the excitement of marine rescue. He spent the next decade operating one of the largest private marine rescue and assistance companies in the US, based in Marina del Rey California. During that time, he sat on the Board of Directors of the Vessel Assist Asso of America and lectured extensively to the marine assistance industry about safety and risk management. Doug is a specialist in small boat handling and even spent some time as a civilian contractor training US Navy Seals in Zodiac driving.
Before joining G Adventures in 2011, Doug's previous Antarctic experience included numerous trips working for Oceanites as a member of their Antarctic Site Inventory wildlife census team. When not working on the MS Expedition, Doug lives onboard his 40' trawler, bird watching and maintaining his status as a Career Avoidance Specialist, traveling between New England and the Bahamas along the east coast of the United States. Doug is a licensed private pilot, certified diver, and an avid environmentalist.
STEFAN KINDBERG, ZODIAC DRIVER / STAFF ASSISTANT
Stefan Kindberg was born and raised on the Arctic Circle in Sweden and experienced the midsummer night and the 24-hour darkness of winter. Ever since a childhood interest in nature and wildlife, Stefan has found professional opportunities to explore the world’s most remote places. For the last 20 years he has been Expedition Leader small expedition ships for numerous Arctic, Antarctic, and African expeditions. which included planning ships’ itinerary, deciding when and where to do landings safely for passengers, and what could be planned to enhance the passengers’ experience. Over the years, I have taken many photos and used them in various lectures in Sweden and the USA. I am a member of the Explorers Club in New York and very involved in the Club, I did start the first annual Antarctic & Arctic Film Festival at the Club that is held in November every year.
Stefan has always worked as a consultant to many expedition companies to work behind the scenes planning ships’ itinerary, deciding when and where to do landings safely for passengers, and what could be planned to enhance the passengers’ experience. Over the years, his have taken many photos and used them in various lectures in Sweden and the USA. I am a member of the Explorers Club in New York and very involved in the Club, I did start the first annual Antarctic & Arctic Film Festival at the Club that is held in November every year.
His Africa experience includes North, West Africa and East Africa. Starting in West Africa in 1961 to Nigeria, Port Harcourt and the Niger River. Since then I traveled extensively in West Africa and have come to know the coast, its’ cities, ports, history, culture and am also well acquainted with the extreme diverse wildlife.
GUY ESPARON, ZODIAC DRIVER / NATURALIST
Guy Esparon was born in the Seychelles and migrated to Australia in 1971, where he spent 30 years living between cities and the outback. A citizen of both Australia and the Seychelles, Guy’s heart never left the Seychelles, and he lived his dream when he worked on Aldabra World Heritage Site as Chief Warden from 1999 to 2007. He has an incredible passion and love for Aldabra, Seychelles and the Indian Ocean, where most of his research and work has been conducted, including joining various expedition ships calling on the Seychelles. Currently he is involved with several Seychelles projects including Humpback whale, organic farming and youth wildlife clubs. For the last few years Guy has also been traveling the world on expedition ships as a zodiac driver, birder and general naturalist.