Wild Alaska

Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
July 6, 2017
15 Days
Aboard the Silver Discoverer
120 Guests
From $14,980

Expedition Team

Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

Michael Moore

| Expedition Leader
Mike Moore

A Chicago native, Michael earned both his B.S. in biology and an M.S. degree in ecology, ethology, and evolution at the University of Illinois. Since then he has spent 10 years conducting research around the Pacific Rim, where he lived in the highlands of New Guinea, logged hundreds of hours beneath its waters working for conservation organizations, and taught field biology...

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Kelsey Simmons

| Cruise Director
Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2006 with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling in Europe and living in various parts of California and Oregon before the lure of the Pacific Northwest brought her back to the Seattle area. Kelsey's wanderlust then turned her to a career in adventure travel with Zegrahm Expeditions. In her time at Zegrahm,...

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Randall Hagenstein

| The Nature Conservancy
Randall Hagenstein

As the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, Randall has an extensive background in natural resource issues with 30 years of experience in conservation, research, analysis, management, and use of natural resources, especially in northern ecosystems. He oversaw The Nature Conservancy’s marine conservation efforts in partnership with the communities of St. Paul...

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Caitlin Hedberg

| The Nature Conservancy
Caitlin Hedberg

Caitlin earned an M.A. from the University of Denver in International Administration, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Denver. She currently serves as the Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, bringing over 15 years of international development and non-profit management experience, focusing on women’s health and...

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T.H. Baughman

| Historian
Tim Baughman

Dr. T.H. Baughman is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Central Oklahoma and currently teaches at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. T.H. has taught European history for more than 30 years, and has been leading travelers around the world for 25 years. He is the author of ten books, lectures widely on European and polar history, and teaches courses in...

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Mark Brazil

| Ornithologist
Mark Brazil

Mark developed his fascination with the natural world, especially birds and mammals, during his boyhood in the landlocked English county of Worcestershire. He pursued academic interests in biology during studies in England and Scotland, while exploring the coasts and mountains of Britain in search of birds. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work...

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John Buchanan

| Geologist
John Buchanan

John is a professor of geology and director of the environmental science program at Eastern Washington University. While his academic focus includes sedimentology, hydrogeology, and geomorphology, he is easily excited about all things geological. He has recently participated in National Geographic Society funded caving expeditions to Central America where he is mapping and...

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Conrad Field

| Naturalist
Conrad Field

A resident of Homer, Alaska, Conrad is a professional naturalist and biologist as well as an accomplished artist in the media of pen-and-ink and scrimshaw. He and his wife, Carmen, own Northcountry Nature, a small natural history publisher, and together have written and published guides and children’s books on marine life. Since 1989 Conrad has been a naturalist-lecturer...

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Richard Jacoby

| Naturalist
Richard Jacoby

Richard’s love of the sea began at a young age, and he has worked on boats from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean, Central America to Alaska, and beyond. He has worked as the captain of a training schooner with a focus on celestial navigation and offshore sailing, and was third mate on the 150-foot topsʼl schooner Californian from Norfolk to San Diego. He eventually settled in...

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George Lake

| Zodiac Driver
George Lake

Inspired from a young age by world-traveling grandparents, George developed a love for travel, adventure, and nature - especially pertaining to the sea. He became a certified scuba diver at age 14 and worked many years as a commercial diver, assistant dive instructor, and sailor working on charter vessels. He retired in 2006 from a successful career in computer network...

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Dan Olsen

| Naturalist
Dan Olsen

Dan has lived in Seward, Alaska for over a decade, where he is the captain of a 150-passenger tour boat that offers guests the opportunity to observe the whales, seals, puffins, and glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking in Alaska, Washington, Florida, and Mexico and he continues to...

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Rich Pagen

| Conservation Biologist / Naturalist
Rich Pagen

Rich first became enthralled by the wonders of the natural world around the tide pools and forests of his native New York. Since then, he has embarked on a career in conservation biology that has ranged from teaching science and environmental awareness to teenagers from Los Angeles, to traveling the coast and river deltas of Alaska’s North Slope by Zodiac to reach remote...

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Bob Quaccia

| Expedition Staff
Bob Quaccia

Bob chose adventure as a career more than thirty years ago when he became a commercial fisherman in Alaska. Bob has recently spent five summers as a skiff operator for the Alaska Marine Mammal Observing Program, which has taken him to the remote waters of Kodiak, Yakutat, and southeast Alaska with a focus on sustainability. He holds a B.S. in biology with the bulk of his...

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David Wolf

| Expedition Staff
David Wolf

A senior member of the VENT staff, David is an experienced tour leader and has birded extensively on all seven continents. After birding throughout the US and Mexico for more than a decade, an interest in the wildlife of Africa led him to Kenya in 1975 where he studied the birds and other wildlife of the African continent. Soon after his return to Texas he began leading tours...

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