A&K's Antarctica expedition leader and team occupy a category all their own. Their expertise in the history and wildlife of the seventh continent is matched only by their commitment to the success of your voyage, which they oversee down to the last detail. We carefully select and hire our Antarctica tour guides for their knowledge and credentials as leaders in their fields, whether as research scientists, wildlife photographers or habitat conservationists. And with our guide-to-passenger ratio of 1:12, expect to leave Antarctica an expert yourself.
A marine mammal biologist and lecturer for more than 35 years, Larry has served as director of the Marine Mammal Tagging Office for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce and as principal research scientist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. In addition to over 20 seasons of leading expeditions in Antarctica, Larry has also led trips in Norway, Greenland and Iceland; the Amazon and Orinoco rivers; and in the South Pacific and Indian oceans.
A native of South Africa, Jannie has travelled to all seven continents, working as cruise director and expedition leader for more than 28 years on ships ranging from a mega-liner with 2,500 passengers to a Russian icebreaker bound for the North Pole.
Bob worked for the British Antarctic Survey as a zoologist and meteorologist, overwintering twice at remote Signy Island. He has also served as director of the Whaling Museum on South Georgia. An Antarctic historian with over 30 books to his name, Bob received the Polar Medal for his research, and a South Georgia cove has been named in his honor.
Jim is a marine biologist and field ecologist who leads Fighting Climate Change in Antarctica, an A&K Philanthropic Journey. He is an endowed professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and has decades of field work in the Antarctica Peninsula in association with UAB and the National Science Foundation. In 1999, a point on the Peninsula was named after Jim in recognition of his explorations. He was selected in 2010 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Polar Research Board to serve on a group to report on the effects of climate change.
Russ is a veteran of the British Royal Marines. As winter base commander at Signy Island, he was awarded the Polar Medal. For the past 12 seasons, Russ has travelled to Antarctica as a Zodiac driver and naturalist.
Rich began his career in conservation biology as an educator. After receiving a master's degree from the University of Missouri, he worked as a field supervisor on a study of birds in the Amazon. As a biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, he has led tagging studies of sea turtle and shark. For the past six years, Rich has conducted shipboard surveys for seabirds.
Richard has been a professional photographer for 20 years, specializing in underwater, wildlife and landscape photography. Richard's works have appeared in more than a dozen books and magazines, and he is equally comfortable using a state-of-the-art digital SLR and 19th-century large-format field cameras. He joins 'Le Boreal' as a photographic expert to give travellers tips for capturing memories of their journey.
Marco is affiliated with the University of Mar del Plata in Argentina. He is the current Chairperson of the Advisory Committee for the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). Marco has worked with Dr. Patricia Silva (see below) on researching Antarctic ornithology and marine biology, as well as the ecology, conservation and study of relationships between the demography of seabirds and climate change. He and Patricia are also integrally involved in seabird conservation initiatives and activities.
Patricia conducts research with Argentina's University of Mar del Plata. She is the current editor of the IAATO Save the Albatross Campaign newsletter, focused on the conservation of albatross and petrel in fisheries of the Southern Ocean.