Wild Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
May 29, 2021
8 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
130 Guests
From $6,990

This trip may be combined with Wild Scotland.

Expedition Team

Our leaders have visited this region numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, culture, and wildlife of the region. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see.

Brent Stephenson

| Expedition Leader / Ornithologist
Brent Stephenson

Brent was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood. In 2005 he completed a goal he had from a young age, with the conclusion of his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. This further heightened his interest in seabirds, and in 2003, along with Sav Saville, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird...

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Lisa Wurzrainer

| Cruise Director
Lisa Wurzrainer

After college, Lisa earned a master’s degree in International Studies, and her desire to explore the world brought her to Zegrahm Expeditions in 1993. Since then she has had the opportunity to visit all seven continents numerous times and feels very fortunate to have experienced the world with Zegrahm while helping to deliver unique educational adventures. She has held a...

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Kelsey Simmons

| Guest Relations
Kelsey Simmons

After graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Art History, Kelsey spent time traveling through 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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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 Ph.D. from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work...

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Terence Christian

| Archaeologist
Terence Christian

Dr. Terence Christian is an archaeologist and historian specializing in conflict archaeology and military history. Enthralled by historical travel from an early age, his first adventure abroad took him across Scandinavia and through the historic Russian capitals. Since that time, Terence has traveled extensively, visiting most of the world’s continents and oceans both as an...

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Stephen Fisher

| Historian
Stephen Fisher

Stephen is an historian and archaeologist from the south of England and, although British, has spent much of his life overseas. Born in Singapore, he spent most of his early childhood in Germany before moving to England. After university, he spent nearly four years teaching in Japan; his travels across Europe and Asia have created a deep interest in history that ultimately...

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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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Mike Murphy

| Zodiac Driver
Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy - Mike (also known as Murph) was born on the Isle of Wight and raised just a stone’s throw from what was once largest passenger ship terminal in the world. After a five-year apprenticeship as a marine engineer, Mike embarked on his first voyage and sailed around the world on five consecutive cruises. He then decided to emigrate to Canada and became scuba certified...

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Rich Pagen

| Marine 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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Madalena Patacho

| Marine Biologist
Madalena Patacho

Madalena grew up surrounded by Portugal’s maritime history in Belém, where she dreamed about exploring the oceans. Her love for the sea led her to study marine biology and receive a master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, specializing in Ecotourism. After graduating, Madalena moved to Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, and worked with local communities on...

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Tom Sharpe

| Geologist
Tom Sharpe

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over...

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Pepper Trail

| Ornithologist
Pepper Trail

Pepper grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, on a wonderfully dilapidated 100-acre farm. A family trip to Mexico when he was 12 instilled a lifelong love of travel, which has taken him to all seven continents and across the oceans of the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University for his field study of the mating behavior of the spectacular Guianan cock...

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Jim Wilson

| Ornithologist
Jim Wilson

Jim hails from the seaside town of Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He is a highly respected ornithologist and ecologist with more than 40 years of birding experience in Ireland, Europe, USA, South America, Africa, the Antarctic, and the Arctic. Before setting out as a full-time freelance wildlife author, field leader, and broadcaster, Jim had a career in medical laboratory science...

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John Yersin

| Zodiac Driver
John Yersin

John is a microbiologist who worked in the industry for 33 years investigating the impact of industrial wastes and products on the environment. The tools of his trade included diving, hovercraft piloting, and powerboat driving. He conducted marine, freshwater, and terrestrial surveys and then reported the results. Since retirement, John has done consultant work, taught...

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Matthew Whyte

| Art Historian
Matthew Whyte

Hailing from the seaside town of Cork, Ireland, Matthew is a qualified Art Historian, earning his undergraduate degree in Art History & Philosophy in 2014 from University College Cork. He then went on to receive his Master’s degree in High Renaissance Art, with a special focus on Michelangelo. He is currently based at University College Cork, where he lectures and...

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