Expedition Team

Our team is the key to your incredible adventure


Explore Alaska in the company of top experts. Benefit from their expertise—marine and terrestrial biology, botany, geology, and more—and benefit from their passion to share the wonder of this incredible place. Enjoy their company; you’ll find them highly engaging and fun to share a drink or dinner with, as well as a hike.


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  • Emily Pickering

    Undersea Specialist
    Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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  • Flip Nicklin

    Photographer
    Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood.  His grandfather dove while wearing hard hat gear for construction. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. By the age of fourteen, Flip was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla.

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  • Jared Funderburk

    Naturalist
    Jared grew up in the Carolinas with a passion for exploring the natural world. He has always felt most at home in the great outdoors, and there is nothing he enjoys more than sharing these experiences with others. His enthusiasm is contagious and being able to help others have similar experiences through his work, is nothing short of a dream come true.

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  • Nick Brown

    Naturalist/Expedition Diver
    Born and raised on the edge of the Mojave Desert, Nick was accustomed to hot dry days, far from the ocean. Everything changed when he attended California State University Monterey Bay, a short 1.5 miles from the beaches of Central California. This is where Nick’s passion for the water developed and completely engulfed his life. He quickly changed his concentration in college to Marine Science, allowing him to further dive into the underwater world.

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  • Patrick Duggan

    Expedition Leader
    Patrick grew up in the historic town of Charleston, South Carolina, a destination overflowing with resources for a young explorer. Patrick’s parents happily encouraged daily pursuits such as sailing, hiking, and camping in the endless coastal wetlands. In addition to his love of the outdoors, history was another fascination. Influenced by his hometown, Patrick learned the benefit of understanding the historical significance of the places he explored.

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  • Stella Bohnert

    Assistant Expedition Leader
    Stella has called many exotic locations—from New York City to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, to Okoboji, Iowa—home. A childhood in Seattle instilled in her a great love of drizzle, while three years living in Mexico after high school honed her Spanish skills. She spent several years flying with the U.S. military around the world and back again as a flight attendant for a small charter airline. Living and working on board expedition vessels was a natural choice for Stella’s migratory instinct, and wrangling expedition logistics fits her profound love for color-coding and VHF radio.

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  • Victoria Souze

    Naturalist
    Victoria is currently director for the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to responding to marine mammal stranding’s and the welfare of marine mammals. The network does research, education and response for marine mammals in distress. After completing her studies in fisheries and wildlife at Grays Harbor College and marine biology at Western Washington University, she moved to Lummi Island, a small island that is part of the San Juan Islands in Washington State. 

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