Stretching from New Guinea to Fiji, Melanesia encompasses thousands of islands and a rich variety of cultures. On this voyage you’ll discover remote island communities where ancient traditions are preserved and visits from outsiders are few and far between. You’ll also explore Melanesia’s marine world—a pristine haven for three-quarters of the world’s coral species and an astounding 3,000 species of fish.
Expedition Leader & Naturalist
A Chicago native, Mike’s love of travel may have been clinched as a kid, when he got to venture off the prairie and accompany his dad on medical aid trips to the Caribbean. After receiving degrees in biology and ecology at the University of Illinois, Mike worked amongst the bears of the Alaskan wilderness. Since then, he has made his way around the world, studying honey creepers in Hawaii, flightless hens in Tasmania, and everything from pythons to wallabies in Northern Queensland. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and conducted 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 courses for the University of PNG. His 20 years of research and globe-trotting, eventually led him to life as an expedition leader. Since then, he has been thrilled to revisit the equatorial forests of New Guinea and Alaska's arctic tundra, and many places in-between, in his role as guide and educator, conveying his knowledge of wildlife and the wonders of evolutionary biology to a wide range of adventure travelers. When not traveling or working, Mike builds houses, bakes bread, and chops wood in Bozeman, Montana.
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