Olav Orheim – Norway
Olav Orheim is regarded as one of the world’s leading glaciologists. He is a very experienced scientist and expedition leader, and has led numerous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. He worked for four decades at the Norwegian Polar Institute, and 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, 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. Olav is presently the chairman of the board of the FRAM Museum in Oslo and GRID-A in Arendal. He has received the Royal Orders of St. Olav from Norway, and Saint Charles from Monaco.
Henryk Wolski – Poland
Henryk Wolski loves adventurous expeditions. He has been an enthusiastic sailor since boyhood. After his university studies he worked as a sailing instructor and skipper and organised concept sailing trips under historical mottos. Henryk was a member of Arved Fuchs’s ICESAIL expedition that sailed around the North. He also took part in an expedition that retraced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous voyage, he has sailed around Cape Horn two times and he has followed the tracks of the Vikings on rivers across the European continent with a replica Viking ship built for these historic expeditions. In 2008, Henryk 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 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 is an academically qualified geographer. She studied geography, geology, and botany at the Ruhr University in Bochum, and even during her studies she concentrated on the polar regions. 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 Friederike has been working as a lecturer for different cruise lines in the Arctic and Antarctica.
John Chardine– Canada
John Chardine was born in Canada and grew up in England. His love for nature, photography and birds was developed at an early age. 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 website. 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 Barth has worked as an editor for two literature and cultural magazines and is today today working as a freelance journalist. Her work focuses on culture, literature and travel, mainly in Iceland and Greenland. Sabine has written travel literature about both countries and her work has been published in different media, such as radio. For two years 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 Marin received his PhD in zoology and ornithology from Louisiana State University. He was formerly Curator and Director of Research of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in California, and is currently living in the countryside in central Chile, where doesa lot of ornithological research. As a researcher on neotropical birds, Manuel is one of the National Geographic Society Grantee. For over 30 years he has been travelling extensively through many countries on ornithological research and explorations, and he publishes regularly in many ornithological journals.. 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 Meraldi is a Mexican/Swiss biologist. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Lausanne. 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. In 2003 she made a six month camping trip with her husband through Canada, the USA and Mexico. Verena loves photography and has exhibited her landscape photographs several times. She’s been working as a lecturer in Antarctica onboard Fram since 2008.
Miguel Rubio Godoy – Mexico
Miguel Rubio’s fascination for fish has taken him to several places away from his native Mexico. 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. Miguel has travelled extensively with his wife Alejandra, both for pleasure and as a field assistant studying the biology of seabirds. He 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 is the author of more than100 popular science articles, and winner of the 2000 Novartis Prize for Journalism in the Life Sciences.
Robert Rowland – USA
Growing up, Bob Rowland always wanted to be outdoors. He chose geology as it met that need, 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 two summers in Antarctica and two in Greenland, studying engineering properties of snow and sea-ice. The field work for his PhD, was conducted along the coast of Alaska and in the Northern Bering Sea. During 20 years with the US Geological Survey, the research ranged from Indonesia to Ivory Coast, and encompassed pollution studies, environmental impact surveys, project management and the UN Law of the Sea. Robert circumnavigated after retiring. Consulting jobs in Indonesia and New Zealand followed, and for the last several years he has been a consultant to the USGS on Law of the Sea issues.
Stian Aadland– Norway
Stian Aadland lives and breathes for a life of adventures. He has been an adventurer since the age of two, 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 fast and ended up taking him all over the world in search of the perfect snow. At the age of 31, Stian found his snowboarding paradise in the far away mountains of Svalbard, were he now spends all his time during winter. Stian plans to live in Longyearbyen for the next 29 years, and after that he is going to retire to Hawaii.