Highlights of our return to Papua New Guinea include snorkeling or diving among some of the most biodiverse waters in the world; meeting friendly Trobriand Islanders; and watching the spectacular fire dances of the Baining tribe.
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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Michael's Upcoming Expeditions
Papua New GuineaSeptember 20 — October 6, 2019
Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & PitcairnsOctober 10 — October 29, 2019
Beyond the typical Polynesian paradise, one may delve deeper, to find aquamarine lagoons affording the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving, an intriguing Easter Island tour and the sky-piercing volcanoes of the Marquesas.
Melanesia, Solomon Islands & VanuatuSeptember 10 — September 27, 2020
Introducing the extraordinary diversity of Melanesia and its fascinating people, our award-winning journey to these idyllic islands features incredible bird-watching opportunities, elaborate local traditions and ceremonies, snorkeling over pristine coral reefs, and much more.