Seabourn Ventures Team

Antarctica & Patagonia

Meet The Members Of Your Antarctica Expedition Team

IGNACIO "IGGY" ROJAS

Ignacio Rojas

Expedition Leader

For the past twenty years, Ignacio has worked almost exclusively in the expedition travel industry, bringing nature closer to travelers interested in expanding their knowledge about Antarctica, the Amazon and other wild and exotic destinations of our planet.

His travels started very early in life with trips every summer to the Atacama Desert in Chile for the simple purpose of visiting family. These trips turned into favorite events and expanded into trips to the Brazilian Amazon, where later Ignacio enrolled into the master’s degree program of Tropical Ecology in Manaus, the heart of the Amazon. The Amazon back in the 1990’s was a crossroads of expedition vessels and he found himself working on his first expedition vessel. Having found his calling, he joined in as many trips as he could, traveling from Southeast Asia to Antarctica, and around the world from South America to Oceania and back again.

Since the beginning of his career in expedition cruising, Ignacio has spent at least twenty uninterrupted seasons in Antarctica, including the Peninsula, Ross Sea and sub-Antarctic Islands in the South Atlantic, Australia and New Zealand.

He holds a boat handler’s license, acquired in the harsh waters and rugged beaches of southeastern South Africa. He enjoys being in small boats in any destination around the globe but preferentially in the seas of Antarctica where he looks forward to sharing his expertise and knowledge of the natural history of the white continent with fellow travelers.


CHRIS SRIGLEY

Chris Srigley

Expedition Leader

Over the past nine years, Chris Srigley has spent as many as nine months of each year on expedition ships – always spending the full seasons in the Antarctic and Arctic. Serving as Assistant Expedition Leader, General Naturalist and Zodiac Driver, his extensive experience covers some of the most remote areas of the world, with emphasis in some of the more extreme environments.

In the Arctic region, in addition to his regular duties on the Expedition Team, Chris serves as a Polar Bear Guard, spending much of his time advancing landing parties and then keeping a watchful eye while guests experience the wonders of such places like Svalbard, Greenland and Canada.

While traveling between the Polar Regions, Chris can be found on expedition cruises in Central America, Latin America and Northern Europe.

Chris’s interest in natural history was cultivated through spending time both on his family farm and in their remote cabin on the Eastern shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Sometimes, he would vanish for days, even weeks at a time, exploring the wilds around him.

Considering himself a "generalist", Chris has become well versed in all aspects of the regions in which he travels. He has accumulated many intriguing stories and stunning photos along the way, sharing many of these experiences on his website, www.ChrisSrigley.com. His photos have also been displayed in galleries and donated for auctions.

Once you have traveled with Chris, you will realize that his only hope is to transfer his passion and knowledge to you as we travel through stunning places and experience incredible adventures.


ADAM JENKINS

Adam Jenkins

Assistant Expedition Leader

Adam Jenkins began sailing as a young boy off the beach of Port Townsend WA. He acquired his Master Mariners license at 18 years old and quickly began working as a yacht captain aboard Puget Sound charter yachts.

At 21, Adam embarked on a single-handed voyage down the Pacific Coast aboard Saint Brendan, his 27-foot sloop. On this voyage, he passed through the Panama Canal, circumnavigated the Caribbean Sea and explored the eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine. During this four year cruise, Adam made a living as a professional charter captain and waterman sailing aboard many different types of vessels throughout the Antarctic, Alaska, Caribbean and both coasts of the Americas.

Through these adventures, Adam developed a passion for leading expeditions and working with adventure travelers and scientists. He is an experienced leader with 32 expeditions to the Antarctic for both the US Antarctic Program and the NOAA Antarctic Program.  Adam loves to get out in the small boats and get close up to nature. His hobbies include writing for sailing magazines, cooking and playing basketball. Adam’s main goal on any cruise is to make sure you have a true adventure.


NICKI D’SOUZA

Nicki D'Souza

Assistant Expedition Leader

Nicki D’Souza grew up in the beautiful region of Bavaria in Germany. After obtaining a university degree in languages as translator and interpreter, Nicki started travelling extensively throughout the world.

She started her career at sea in 1997 as Assistant Expedition Leader on the M/V World Discoverer, an expedition ship, and quickly fell in love with the sea.

She transitioned naturally to luxury cruising, where she put her years of experience and passion for travel to good use assisting guests with Shore Excursions and quickly was named Shore Excursion Manager, organizing and supervising Shore Excursions all over the world with many maiden calls to her name.

Since 2008 she has been working for both - expedition as well as classic cruise ships and has made her way up to Expedition Leader, leading voyages along the West Coast of Africa, South America, Europe and Asia.

Nicki now makes her home both in Germany and India, and takes little time to rest during her holidays - she can be found exploring Asia, trekking and horseback riding.


TREVOR POTTS

Trevor Potts

Lecturer

Trevor Potts is a retired British teacher and has worked for much of his life teaching children skills in the outdoors. During the 1993/94 season, Trevor and three colleagues successfully re-created Shackleton’s 1916 epic rescue mission from Elephant Island to South Georgia. This was in a replica of Shackleton’s 7.5m boat the James Caird. In 2001 with another team he completed Shackleton’s mountain crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stromness. He will share his experiences and insights about this legendary, challenging odyssey, and about “The Boss” himself. He will also talk about other historical figures and expeditions in the heroic age of exploration in Antarctica. Trevor has fourteen seasons experience working on Antarctic expedition ships.

Before Trevor became fascinated by Antarctic Exploration he had many years sailing and kayaking experience in remote parts of the world. Amongst his sailing trips he sailed a 7.5m boat single handed to the Canary Islands and the Azores. His kayak trips include crossing the Bering Strait from Alaska to Russia and kayak trips to Arctic Norway and Arctic Canada.


DR. SEAN TODD

Sean Todd

Lecturer

Sean Todd directs Allied Whale—a marine research facility at College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine) that studies local cetacean and pinniped species, and that is also part of the U.S. Northeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network. In addition to his research responsibilities, he holds the Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences at the college, teaching classes in biology, sensory ecology, oceanography, quantitative science, statistics and marine mammal science classes; he is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the college. He earned his B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University College of North Wales (Bangor, UK); and his M.Sc. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Biopsychology (Animal Behavior) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada).

Sean has been a marine mammal researcher for almost 30 years. He is principally interested in humpback, fin, and Northern right whales; during the boreal summer he works as part of a team of researchers at a remote field site (Mount Desert Rock) located twenty-five miles offshore in the Gulf of Maine. From here he conducts whale research, focusing principally on photo-identification, biopsy, and foraging ecology studies in close collaboration with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. Through his work in the Antarctic ecotourism industry Sean has become an important contributor to Allied Whale's Antarctic Humpback Whale Catalog, and he assists in its management. When onshore, he directs the Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program. Sean holds a U.S. Coast Guard certified Masters ticket as well as his Royal Yatching Association's power boat certificate (Level 2).

Much of Sean's background is in the field of human-marine mammal interactions. He spent ten years in Newfoundland as part of the Whale Disentanglement Team, a group that releases entangled large whales from fishing gear. In Maine he has consulted at the state, federal, and national level in matters of entanglement mitigation, especially northern right whales. He was also part of a Canadian team that pioneered the use of acoustic devices to reduce whale-net entanglements. Sean's training in bioacoustics has led to several environmental impact-type assessments of human activity, including the effects of industrial activity on local whale populations, and most recently a bioacoustic examination of the problem of whale-ship strikes, as well as bioacoustic-based censuses of marine mammal distribution.

Over the course of his career Sean has been a professional guide and naturalist for a variety of ecotourism companies, and has worked in a variety of polar and sub-polar settings, including ten seasons in the Antarctic and ten years in the Canadian sub-Arctic.


PROFESSOR DAVID WALTON PH.D.

David Walton

Lecturer

Growing up in the North of England Professor Walton was interested in flowers from an early age and so it was a natural progression from school to a degree in Botany at Edinburgh University. After four years of very enjoyable student life he wanted to work outside the UK and applied for a post with British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on South Georgia as part of the International Biological Programme in 1967.

His early work on South Georgia on plant productivity became extended and, as well as the day job, David started working on a part time Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham. His interests grew to wider ecological ones and he began to measure local microclimates and look at their relationship to growth and reproduction, and learning how to install and maintain electronic equipment in the South. With others he spent many summers mapping the vegetation over the whole of South Georgia and he was lucky to escape just 10 days before the Argentine invasion of the island in 1982. After this David moved further south to Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands to work on patterns of plant colonization, and field measurements of photosynthesis and then down to Rothera on Adelaide Island in Marguerite Bay. In 1986 he became a science manager, heading up a new division at BAS for terrestrial and freshwater science as well as looking after medical research. In 1999, he established another new division looking after the environment, data and information resources, mapping, public relations and education. He also established and ran the BAS Artists and Writers Programme. He became a Visiting Professor at Liverpool University in 2001. His scientific interests had broadened considerably in the late 1980s and he became interested in Antarctic conservation and how new laws and regulations should be informed by good science. For 14 years he represented the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) at the Antarctic Treaty meetings, until his retirement in 2006. He also established a new international journal – Antarctic Science – in 1989, which he still edits, and now has a charity to give its profits away to help young Antarctic scientists around the world.

Since 2006 Professor Walton has written a history of SCAR, edited a new book on Antarctic science, written many reviews and editorials and has been the Chief Editor of the Antarctic Treaty Meeting Reports for the last three years. Along with colleagues he is currently working on a book on politics and science in the Antarctic as well as a history of the development of British Antarctic policy. He is the author of over 110 peer reviewed scientific papers, over 250 other papers, reports and reviews and author or editor of seven books. He was awarded the Polar Medal in 1984 by the Queen and the first SCAR Medal for International Scientific Coordination in 2006. In his spare time, he runs a specialty polar book business, selling and publishing books, with his wife.


KIRSTIE YAEGER

Kirstie Yaeger

Lecturer

Kirstie grew up hiking through the wilderness and playing in the rivers of Western Pennsylvania. At the age of 18, she moved to Hawai’i and began a 20+ year career studying or working in natural resource management and wildlife research. While exploring the Hawaiian Islands, she earned a BA in Biology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Additionally, during her undergraduate career, Kirstie completed a study abroad in Nepal, studying the impacts of tourism on the environment and Sherpa culture in the Mt. Everest region. She also earned an MS in Ecology from Colorado State University, while developing a noninivasive-sampling method for mountain lions.

Throughout her career, Kirstie has ventured to some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet further inspiring the passion for her work. She has worked with endangered fish in the upper Colorado River system throughout the southwest; ungulates and mountain lions in Colorado; grizzly bears in Montana; Steller sea lions in Alaska; Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands; and several Antarctic species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations.

Recently, Kirstie has worked as a US Antarctic Program scientist with two long term projects, a Weddell Seal study in the Ross Sea and a sea bird monitoring project in the Palmer Basin. Both projects are on-going and the sea bird study is also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Project. Many other researchers are part of the LTER, conducting regular fieldwork throughout Antarctica. Kirstie will be assisting the research efforts for some of these LTER researchers while onboard the Seabourn Quest.

Although the animals that she works with are her first love, she also enjoys wandering through foreign lands in search of a quaint street side café that serves a good cup of espresso.


PAUL LAZARSKI

Paul Lazarski

Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

For as long as he can remember, Paul Lazarski has had an affinity for nature. He has worked and explored some of the world’s most scenic locations, both Poles, Central and South America, The Caribbean, Northern Europe, Siberia and The South Pacific. For the past 30 years Paul has been working as a wilderness & wildlife guide, outdoor educator, historian, naturalist and Wilderness First Aid Instructor.

He has spent much of his career working on vessels. He has guided for The National Geographic Explorer in Greenland, the MV Maple Leaf in coastal Alaska, and on the MV Ocean Light in The Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). In addition he has been part of the MV World expedition team, as the sea kayaking guide to Kamchatka, New Guinea, Greenland, Antarctica and in 2012 accomplished a transit of The Northwest Passage from Alaska to Newfoundland via Greenland.

He is an accomplished mountaineer and back-country skier having explored much of the Coast Range of British Columbia. His personal passion is whitewater canoeing and his desire for exploration has taken him throughout much of wilderness Canada, including The Yukon, N.W.T., Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Canadian Rockies.

He has an impassioned love of wildlife and currently works as a Grizzly Bear Viewing guide both on the coast and in the interior of British Columbia. Recently, he spent the Fall at Grizzly Bear Ranch, an exclusive secretive bear viewing lodge in British Columbia where he was a river rafting guide and bear naturalist. His love of polar bears has also taken him as a guide to numerous locations in the High Arctic.

Paul’s unique visions of wilderness, has instilled in him a deep desire for learning. His educational programs are renowned for innovation and creativity and his reputations as a teacher and impassioned naturalist are well established. In addition to his photography, Paul has also been a long time “living history” and Canadian heritage instructor. He has worked for numerous school districts in British Columbia as a special educator on the fur trade as well as on both ‘First Contact’ and the historical relationships with First Nations Peoples in Canada.

Paul lives in the small town of Campbell River on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. His free time is often spent hiking, doing traditional longbow archery, reading, playing Irish Whistle, carving wooden canoe paddles, kayak surfing, canoeing whitewater rivers and mountain biking.


CLAUDIO SCHULZE

Claudio Schulze

Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

Claudio started his cruise ship life in December 1988 on board the Royal Viking Sky followed by the Royal Viking Queen where he had the chance to be part of the team of a 72 days Circle South America with Jean Michael Cousteau it was here where Claudio got the bug for adventure exploring the Sea of Cortez, the Chilean fjords, landing on Cape Horn and venture into small arms of the Amazon river. It was a great experience. In 1997 Claudio moved to Seabourn Cruise Line as a Cruise Sales Specialist, by then having been 4 times around the world and he continued exploring with Seabourn. By 2000 another challenge appeared on the horizon, on a ship called The World, on this ship he had his first Antarctica voyage. After a few years exploring different corners of the world, he came back to Seabourn in the position of Destination Service Manager. Being the first Destination Manager for Seabourn to be in Antarctica, he once again fell in love with the white continent and has been on the Quest every time she has been to Antarctica. Claudio has now joined the Expedition Team to experience Antarctica on a different level.


LISA BALDWIN

Lisa Baldwin

Lecturer

Lisa is extremely passionate about the ocean and sharing this love with others. Growing up in Southern California and Hawaii made pursuing and sharing that love easy. A competitive ocean swimmer, free diver, naturalist and avid traveler there’s nothing she enjoys more than educating others about the natural environment. 

Lisa earned her B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She’s spent extensive time at sea conducting marine mammal research with NOAA and has worked for Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. After a 5 year hiatus from the marine field, Lisa left her job in oncology research and closed her homeopathic practice. She put all possessions in storage and began her journey to earn sea time for her captain’s license while diving back into the field she dearly loved and missed. She’s spent the past two years working in Southeast Alaska, New Zealand, and Hawaii as a naturalist, hike/kayak guide and dolphin swim guide.

Lisa’s extensive work as a field biologist combined with a passion for health research and education has given her the unique ability to be open, friendly and relate to guests on all levels. She’s well known for her informative lectures and prides herself in providing guests with memorable field excursions. She is charismatic, easy to talk to, and best known for her high satisfaction rating among guests.  As Lisa likes to say, “It’s all about showing others how they can relate to the natural environment.” And in the words of conservationist Baba Dioum, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”


ROBERT EGELSTAFF

Robert Egelstaff

Lecturer

Robert Egelstaff is a Director of the Outdoor Activity Advisory Service, based in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK. For most of his adult life he has worked professionally in the outdoors, throughout the UK, Europe and further afield, in most sectors of the market and at the highest level.

Adventurous expeditions to remote parts of the world have been an important part of Robert’s life - he has climbed in many parts of the world, including the European Alps, Polar regions and Himalayas, led the first crossing of the Bering Strait from Alaska to Siberia by sea kayak, made the first circumnavigation by canoe of Wales, recreated Shackleton’s famous boat journey in Antarctica and led the first canoe descent of Wilberforce Canyon on the Hood River in the Arctic.

Robert has recorded his experiences in photos, poems and paintings, has written articles for magazines and professional journals and made many public presentations.


BRANDON PAYNE

Brandon Payne

Naturalist/Kayak Guide

From an early age, Brandon has had an intense passion for adventure and the environment. Living in Cape Town, and being almost surrounded by the ocean, resulted in this passion being fuelled largely by sea based activities including boating, kayaking, kitesurfing and fishing. After years of recreational skippering, Brandon began skippering commercially, and has skippered for a scuba dive company and for big wave surfers and photographers in Cape Town. He is a SAMSA and RYA certified boat skipper, as well as an APA (African Paddling Association) certified sea kayak guide.

His passion for the natural environment steered him towards studies in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at The University of Cape Town, as well as at Stellenbosch University, where he focussed on Environmental Management, Ecotourism, and Disaster Risk Management. He combines his studies and passions with travel, and hopes to inspire the same appreciation he has for our natural environment in others.


DR SASKIA COULSON

Saskia Coulson

Photographer/Videographer

Dr Saskia Coulson is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and researcher. She uses her diverse experience to explore complex global issues through visual communication and storytelling.

Photography has always been a huge part of her life. Her parents met while working as staff photographers for National Geographic. From a young age, Saskia was in tow as they travelled to the far corners of the earth on assignment. This early exposure to photography and travel instilled in her a passion for still and moving image making, which she developed further while studying Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art.

Saskia is a contributing photographer to Getty Images, and her photographs have featured in the New York Times, BBC productions, and galleries in New York City, Copenhagen and Glasgow.

Recently, she has been a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the European-wide project, Making Sense, which is aimed at finding methods for citizens to use accessible technology to capture data on pressing environmental issues. In this role she supports communities in devising actions for widespread awareness and change. She uses her photography and filmmaking skills for communicating ideas centred on environmental challenges and telling the stories of success in empowering and motivating people in making a real difference.

Saskia is fascinated by the environment, technology, and culture, and is always excited to discuss how photography and video can communicate the great wonders and complex challenges of the world.


COLIN TENNANT

Colin Tennant

Photographer/Videographer

Colin Tennant is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, filmmaker and videographer based in Scotland. Throughout his career, he has travelled extensively, undertaking assignments across the globe in places such as Papua New Guinea, Italy, Vanuatu and Kenya.

His work has been published by a number of national and international press and media outlets, including the BBC, The Guardian, and The Independent. He is a contributing photographer to Getty Images, and his work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK and purchased for both private and public collections internationally.

When Colin is not travelling on assignment, he often undertakes large projects for non-governmental organisations. He recently completed a project documenting the commercial seafood industry of Southern Scotland. This work was selected for the bi-annual ‘Environmental Arts Festival Scotland’ where he was awarded a solo-exhibition and has subsequently been exhibited in multiple galleries across the UK.

Colin’s work focuses on communities and diverse cultures alongside notions of identity - both collective and individual - and how these themes connect with our environment. 


JENNIFER FOUGHT

Jennifer Fought

Lecturer

Jennifer was born and raised on the beaches of northwest Florida and spent most of her childhood on a boat participating in water sports and activities. She obtained her Florida Safe Boating course certificate at the age of nine that allowed her to operate a watercraft and has been on the water ever since. Since childhood, Jennifer has had a passion for the natural world, even creating a recycling program for her elementary school as a first grade student. Her younger years were spent camping, canoeing, and riding horses. 

Jennifer studied at Florida State University where she received two degrees - Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and a Master of Science in Structural Geology. She also studied at the University of West Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing. While pursuing her Master degree at Florida State University, she worked as a research assistant to the chairman of the Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science department. She also worked as an assistant on overnight camping trips for undergraduate students. Her geology research has taken her from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico to the ancient terranes of the Appalachian range to the glaciers of Greenland. Her primary research has been in the structural history of the Southern Appalachian Mountains but her passion for the Polar Regions was sparked after completing a research expedition in Greenland. The project in Greenland was a geochemical analysis of the melt water from the ice sheet but the experience of working in an untouched extreme environment was irreplaceable. Separate from her work in Greenland she volunteered as an assistant field guide for overnight camping trips to the Greenland Ice Sheet.

 

FEATURING BINOCULARS BY SWAROVSKI OPTIK

During your Ventures voyage, expedition team members will be equipped with superior quality binoculars manufactured by Swarovski Optik to enhance your viewing experience on deck and during Ventures by Seabourn excursions. Swarovski Optik binoculars will also be available for sale on board.

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