Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Dan Olsen

Expedition Leader and Marine Biologist

Dan Olsen

Dan is a whale biologist who lives in Seward, Alaska. Dan spent many years teaching Outward Bound courses in mountaineering, sailing, and kayaking in Alaska, Washington, Florida, and Mexico, and honed his maritime skills on multiple tall ships, splicing and tying lines, climbing the rigging, and furling sails. He then spent many years around glaciers and puffins as a boat captain in Kenai Fjords National Park. Dan recently earned a Master’s degree for his studies of killer whale diet and behavior. He spends a good deal of time listening with an underwater hydrophone to identify specific killer whale families by their dialects. Dan is also a world traveler, and when not immersed in spreadsheets, he can be found rappelling into slot canyons in Zion, juggling rocks in Greenland, or playing the ukulele in Antarctica.  

 

Dan's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Denali National Park

    Alaska's National Parks

    June 16June 30, 2021

    Join Alaska resident and Expedition Leader Dan Olsen on an incredible Alaskan adventure—highlights include exploring Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias parks, hiking glaciers, and spotting bald eagles in Prince William Sound.

  • Denali National Park

    Alaska's National Parks

    July 27August 10, 2021

    Join Alaska resident and Expedition Leader Dan Olsen on an incredible Alaskan adventure—highlights include exploring Denali and Wrangell-St. Elias parks, hiking glaciers, and spotting bald eagles in Prince William Sound.