Zodiac Cruising in Antarctica

Shirley Campbell

Social Anthropologist

Shirley Campbell

Dr. Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist and Research Fellow at the Australian National University, with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. More than three decades of academic research and university teaching have led to a sound knowledge and understanding of many cultures around the world and the theoretical foundations that human societies share. Growing up in California and exploring her suburban neighborhood, Shirley’s passion for understanding different cultures was sparked by discovering ancient artifacts from Native Americans long dispossessed of their lands. Now widely traveled, she has had firsthand experience of the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. Related to this has been research into the origins and dispersal of Austronesian-speaking peoples from Taiwan and their eventual colonization of the South Pacific, Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and their only colonization of the southeast Asian mainland in Vietnam.

Living in England, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States, Shirley developed fluency in Italian and the Vakutan language. She has led groups of Italian tourists around England, as well as American tourists throughout Western Europe; sailed in ocean-going outrigger canoes while living for almost two years with the indigenous people in the Trobriand Islands, a tiny coral atoll in Papua New Guinea; and lectured at prestigious Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and the Australian National University in Canberra. Shirley has specialized in studying the anthropology of art, convinced that understanding the way people represent their ideas through art and architecture provides valuable insights into our perceptions and relationships with the world around us. Her studies have led to degrees from Stephens College Missouri and the Australian National University. She has contributed several academic papers to peer-reviewed journals and books, and has written a book recounting her research and experiences in the Trobriand Islands titled ‘The Art of Kula’.

Shirley is passionate about mental and physical wellness, and is a senior instructor in the Australian fitness industry and a master yoga teacher. For relaxation and pleasure she enjoys studying the origins of yoga and its place within Indian society, music, quilting, and scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Shirley's Blog Posts

A Strong Kava Drink - The Elixir of Choice

The Trobriand Islands and the Art of Kula

Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art from Australia's 'Top End'

The Best Time to Visit the Kimberley

The 'Big Men' of Papua New Guinea & Their Western Counterpart

All In for Subtropical Asia

The Kimberley "Keeps Calling Me Back"

India's Hornbill Festival with Shirley Campbell

 

Shirley's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 3May 17, 2019

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    May 13May 27, 2019

    Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningaloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.

  • Melpa tribe

    Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections - Departure #1

    September 14September 23, 2019

    From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Rondon Ridge.

  • Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    September 20October 6, 2019

    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.

  • Tahiti to Easter Island

    Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

    October 10October 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.

  • Campbell Island

    Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand

    January 16February 2, 2020

    One of the few operators allowed to travel the far-flung isles of the Southern Ocean, join us on a journey through the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, as well as Macquarie Island. Observe several albatross species, huge colonies of penguins, and island endemics including melodious bellbirds and red-crowned parakeets.

  • Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

    Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra Atoll

    February 14February 29, 2020

    Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of the region.

  • Horizontal Falls, Kimberley, Australia

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    April 21May 5, 2020

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Melpa tribe

    Papua New Guinea: Cultural Connections

    September 4September 14, 2020

    From spectacular lowland rainforests on the coastal plains to 15,000-foot-high peaks, Papua New Guinea is rightly called “the land of the unexpected.” Explore the fascinating culture and villages along the Karawari River, and the spectacular flora, fauna, and unique culture of the highlands from our lodge perched high on Rondon Ridge.

  • Melanesia

    Melanesia, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu

    September 10September 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.

  • Mekong River

    Along the Mekong: China, Thailand & Laos

    October 23November 9, 2020

    While the highlight is cruising on the legendary Mekong River, this Laos and Thailand journey also immerses guests in ancient Buddhist temples and the World Heritage Site city of Luang Prabang.

  • Bagan, Myanmar

    Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

    November 27December 14, 2020

    Journey with us into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan, and the floating gardens of Inle Lake.