Olav Orheim – Norway
Glaciologist and climatologist who has led numerous scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica. Managing Director of Norwegian Polar Institute 1993 to 2005, administrated polar research at the Research Counsel of Norway from 2005 to 2012.
Olav was born in Bergen in 1942. He acquired his PhD in glaciology at Ohio State University studying the glacier history at Deception Island, and is regarded as one of the world’s leading glaciologists. He worked for four decades at the Norwegian Polar Institute. In parallel he held a professorate in glaciology at the University of Bergen for nearly two decades.
Olav was instrumental in the establishment of Troll Station, Norway's permanent station in Antarctica. He was also the initiator of the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland and the visitors centre; Polaria, adjacent to Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø.
He is presently the chairman of the board of the FRAM Museum in Oslo and GRID-A in Arendal. Olav has received the Royal Orders of St. Olav from Norway, and Saint Charles from Monaco.
Henryk Wolski – Poland
Having been an enthusiastic sailor since boyhood, Henryk Wolski worked after his university studies as a sailing instructor, skipper and organised concept sailing trips under historical mottos. Another facet of Henryk’s life is the love to adventurous expeditions. He was a member of Arved Fuchs’s ICESAIL expedition that sailed around the North Pole and became the sixth person in history who circumnavigated on this way.
He took part in an expedition that retraced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous voyage and he's sailed 2 times around Cape Horn. Henryk has also followed the tracks of the Vikings on rivers across the European continent, retracing some of the old trading routes with a replica Viking ship built for these historic expeditions. In 2008, he organised the expedition, “Darwin & Tierra del Fuego” which sailed with a replica of a whale boat in the Beagle-Channel. That same year he sailed on the yacht from Buenos Aires, via Magellan Strait around Cape Horn, and proceeded from Ushuaia via Falklands, South Georgia, Crozet Island, Amsterdam Island, Australia to New Caledonia.
Since 2000, Henryk has been working regularly as expedition leader and lecturer on cruise ships, especially in the Antarctic, the Arctic and the Amazon.
Friederike Bronny– Germany
Friederike Bronny, an academically qualified geographer, studied Geography, Geology, and Botany at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Even during her studies she concentrated on the polar regions. The title of her degree dissertation was “Marine Ecological Pre-conditions of the Socio-economical Structural Change at the West-coast of Greenland”. After her studies, she received a research contract for Greenland with the Ruhr University Bochum. The results of her research are published in scientific and popular essays and books, some of which were produced together with her husband. She was also a member and leader of a series of expeditions to Greenland.
Since 1985 she has been working as a lecturer for different cruise lines in the Arctic and Antarctica. Her and her husband reside in Senden, a little village in the “Münsterland”, a region in the northern part of Germany.
John Chardine– Canada
John was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and grew up in England. His love for nature and photography was developed at an early age in the bluebell woods of Somerset. Academic studies followed in Canada and the UK. For the past 35 years John has focused his research work and teaching on seabirds and their ocean environment. The results of his studies have been published in numerous major international scientific journals. John is also an accomplished wildlife photographer and moderates a forum on the superb birdphotographers.net web site. His photographs have appeared in books, magazines, journals, brochures and other publications and he currently teaches field courses in wildlife photography techniques at home in New Brunswick, Canada. John has been a staff member aboard expedition cruise ships since 1992.
Sabine Barth – Germany
Sabine studied Theatre and Film Science, German, psychology and ethnology. She has worked as an editor for two literature and cultural magazines and is working today as an freelance journalist. Her work focuses on the culture, literature and travel mainly in Iceland and Greenland (since 1981). Sabine has written travel literature about both countries and published in different media such as on the radio. From 2001 until 2003 she was in charge of the Goethe-Centre in Reykjavik. Her topics are mainly culture, social development and the history of Iceland and Greenland.
Manuel Marin – Chile
Manuel received his PhD from Louisiana State University in Zoology/Ornithology. He was formerly Curator and Director of Research of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in California, now currently living in the countryside in central Chile, where does much ornithological research. As a researcher on neotropical birds, he is one of the National Geographic Society Grantee. Manuel publishes regularly in many ornithological journals. For over 30 years he has been travelling extensively through many countries on ornithological research and explorations. Manuel have been working for the Hurtigruten explorer department since its conception for well over a decade in both Artic and Antarctic regions.
Verena Meraldi – Mexico/Switzerland
Verena is a Mexican/Swiss biologist who was born in Mexico City where she studied at the National University (UNAM) until 1998. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2002 and worked for a year as a research assistant at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research until 2004. Her passion for travelling, hiking and observing wildlife has taken her to many places in Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, Scandinavia, Corsica, and several other countries in Europe. She also made a six month camping trip in 2003 with her husband though Canada, the USA and Mexico. Verena also loves photography and has exhibited her landscape photographs several times in Switzerland. She’s been working as a lecturer in Antarctica onboard Fram since 2008 and is currently living in Switzerland with her husband and her two little children, whose education is her main occupation at the time being.
Miguel Rubio Godoy – Mexico
Miguel’s fascination for fish has taken him to several places away from his native Mexico City - Alaska, where he lived for one year processing and cooking salmon; England, where he obtained a PhD from Bristol University researching parasites in trout hatcheries in the Isle of Man; the Sea of Cortez and the Gulf of Mexico, as on-board fish parasitologist on oceanographic expeditions; the Caribbean, Thailand, Australia and Newfoundland, where he has dived to get a closer look at marine life. He has travelled extensively with his wife Alejandra, both for pleasure and as a field assistant studying the biology of seabirds. Miguel has lectured on general biology and parasitology in Mexico, the UK and Denmark, and is currently a researcher at the Instituto de Ecología in Xalapa, Mexico. He’s the author of approximately 100 popular science articles in magazines and newspapers, and winner of the 2000 Novartis Prize for Journalism in the Life Sciences.
Robert Rowland – USA
Growing up Bob always wanted to be outdoors. He chose geology as it met that goal, both academically and professionally. As an under-graduate, he started working on oceanographic expeditions, traversing the Pacific and Indian Oceans. While in the US Army he spent 2 summers in Antarctica and 2 in Greenland, studying engineering properties of snow and sea-ice. The field work for his PhD, was conducted along the coast of Alaska and offshore in the Northern Bering Sea. In 20 years with the US Geological Survey, the research ranged from Indonesia to Ivory Coast, and encompassed pollution studies, environmental impact surveys plus project management and the UN Law of the Sea. He circumnavigated after retiring. Consulting jobs in Indonesia and New Zealand followed and for the last several years Bob has been a consultant to the USGS on Law of the Sea issues.
Stian Aadland– Norway
Stian has been an adventurer since the age of 2 when he first tried to fly. His first love was an old snowboard that he used all his savings to buy. The love for snowboarding grew very fast and ended up taking him all over the world in search of the perfect snow. At 31 years old Stian found his snowboarding paradise in the far away mountains of Svalbard were he spends all his time during winter. Stian plans to live in Longyearbyen the next 29 years, after that he is going to retire to Hawaii. Stian lives and breathes for a life of adventures.