Expedition Team

Share the adventure with knowledgeable, engaging companions

Over the decades of exploring Central America, the quality of our veteran staff, and their companionship is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, together with National Geographic, there are no better tour guides anywhere.

Every expedition sails with an eight-person team including a veteran expedition leader and four naturalists. Other members of the team include an undersea specialist, a certified photo instructor, and a video chronicler. Together they provide you with a greater understanding and appreciation for this exceptional place.

Meet the expedition team for this departure

  • Emma Ridley

    Expedition Leader
    Born of a Scottish father and English mother, Emma enjoyed an international upbringing because of her father’s job as a foreign correspondent.  Although her family eventually settled in Rome, Emma's schooling was conducted in French, having started her studies in Brussels, Belgium and finishing at the Lycée Français de Rome in 1988.

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  • Federico Pardo

    Colombian filmmaker and photographer Federico Pardo specializes in natural history, environmental, and human stories. He earned a biology degree from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and a Master of Fine Arts in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University in the United States. Federico received a National Geographic grant in 2019 for his Vanishing Primates project, and garnered two Emmy awards—one with National Geographic's “Untamed Americas” and another with Univision's "The Amazon: A Paradise for Sale." He has worked across much of Latin America, covering a wide variety of ecosystems and subjects including illegal gold mining and song-bird competitions in French Guiana, health infrastructure projects in Suriname, and long form soccer documentaries with "Nossa Chape" and "Phenoms".

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  • Jennifer Davidson

    Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor
    Jennifer Davidson has been a lifelong lover of wide-open spaces. She grew up in a ranching family in remote West Texas. Her roots run many generations deep in that land, which she has always considered home. She studied marine biology on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, participating in monitoring projects in the bays of Texas’s Coastal Bend Region and the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. In 2005, she moved back to the drier climates, this time to the mountains of Northern New Mexico, to pursue a career in photography, which had been a lifelong source of enjoyment.

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