Expedition Team

Our team is essential to the quality of your experience


A seasoned Lindblad expedition leader and a knowledgeable team of Peru travel guides and naturalists accompany this voyage. Most of the naturalists were born in towns along the riverbanks and educated in schools in Iquitos. Each has worked with foreign research teams or at eco-friendly rain forest lodges before joining the Lindblad team. All are fluent in English, and their personal knowledge, gained from village elders, along with their scientific training makes for a fascinating narrative, as authentic as it is well informed. 


Meet the expedition team for this departure

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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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  • Socrates Tomala

    Expedition Leader
    Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

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  • William Press

    Guest Speaker
    Representing AAAS and Betchart Expeditions on the voyage will be Dr. William Press, a former president of American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bill is an astrophysicist, computer scientist and computational biologist with broad interests in the physical and biological sciences. He is currently with the University of Texas Austin and is a senior fellow emeritus from the Los Alamos National Lab. He was a professor of astronomy and physics for many years at Harvard and served as Vice-Chair of President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. 

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