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Ernesto Barría, Antarctic Dream
Captain Ernesto Barría began his nautical life as a sailor in 1991 and is familiar with all of the commercial routes of Brazil, Argentina, Peru and the south of Chile, among other destinations. In January of 2005 he joined Antarctic Shipping as first mate. Two years later he took command of the ship and he has already logged more than 30 trips to Antarctica and over 10 to the Arctic.
Rodrigo Tapia, Antarctic Dream
Born in Valparaíso, Chile, Rodrigo is one of our oldest Expedition Staff members, having sailed on board the Antarctic Dream since we began operations back in 2005. He has explored Chile´s whole length from the Northern Altiplano to Cape Horn while conducting research on bird biology. He came to Antarctica for the first time in 1991, and since then he has been visiting the White Continent both as a researcher and lecturer/guide, including the last four seasons on board of our vessel. Member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Chilean Ornithologists Union, Member of the Directors Board of the Chilean Bird & Wildlife Research Network. Founder and member of the Chile Bird Festival executive committee. He works as a researcher and birding guide in Chile and Southern Argentina, as an ornithological consultant and guide instructor for several nature-oriented hotels and lodges, and in environmental education projects with schools.
Rudolf Thomann, Antarctic Dream
PhD in natural sciences of the University of Hamburg, Germany, Rudolf works currently in Santiago, as a professor of Ecotourism. He has been participating in tourism projects throughout the country for more than 20 years and in Antarctic tourism as a lecturer on board many vessels since 1994. Very much involved in environmental issues, he is part of the board of directors of the oldest Chilean non-governmental and environmental organization, CODEFF. Lives in both Santiago and Panguipulli (in the lake/river district), Rudolf is married, and has two daughters.
Eva Westerholm | Program Coordinator
Eva was born in Sweden and has always travelled more than most. As a young girl, her parents took her all over Europe in the smallest caravan you can imagine, and as soon as the opportunity was there to travel on her own she took it. After high school a Swiss football club contracted her and what could be better than to start your working career as a professional soccer player? Since then, travelling, studying and working in different countries has resulted in a degree in Social Anthropology and International Development, various language skills, lots of time for the outdoors: hiking, camping, skiing and kayaking and lots of friends spread all over the world. Working in hotels and running a restaurant has given her plenty of experience in the hospitality business and when a job on board a ship that would take her to the Arctic appeared she could not say no. After that season, over seven years ago, she has been bipolar, full time and still loving it. As skilled as she is beautiful ;) you will find her tackling most things on and off the ship. Whatever that might be, you can be sure that she is trying to find out how she and One Ocean can make your trip even more memorable. See you around the ship!
Brian Keating | Naturalist & Guide
Brian’s polar interests started at age 21, where he was employed for 4 months at a remote weather station 1000 KM south of the North Pole. For his work there, he cleaned urinals, emptied ashtrays and did the dishes, not necessarily in that order. Since then, he has ventured on about a dozen multi-week expeditions into the Canadian High Arctic, exploring by kayak, foot, lodge-based, and ship some of the most remarkable areas that our north has to offer. And each year for the previous dozen years, his polar interests have taken him on many Antarctic voyages, where he thrives on the sheer beauty and abundance of life that this remote environment offers. Brian’s a keen naturalist, having started his career at the young age of 12. Recently, he headed up the Conservation Outreach Department at the Calgary Zoo, where he raised money and spent it on habitat protection and conservation projects around the world. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Calgary, and the owner of www.goingwild.org. Brian started the Zoo’s eco-tour program nearly 30 years ago, allowing both he and his wife, Dee, the opportunity to feed their global natural history desires. He’s travelled on all seven continents, including nearly 50 excursions into 17 African countries. He’s written several books for children, all celebrating nature, and he’s in his 3rd decade of conducting a weekly nature column on CBC radio. For seven years, he hosted a bi-weekly TV segment for the Canadian Discovery Channel. He’s a pilot of over 20 years, a keen naturalist, scuba diver, and mountaineer.
Boris Wise | Expedition Leader
Boris is a passionate wilderness guide and an accomplished photographer. He worked in South East Alaska as a guide for 10 years before he first set foot on a polar expedition cruise ship. Wildlife and remote regions excite him to keep exploring. Boris spent his early childhood in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before his family moved back to the US where he attended high school and university. At Texas A&M he studied horticulture. After a few years working in the horticulture industry in the lower 48, the opportunity to work in Alaska presented itself and he moved north and became a hiking and rafting guide. While based out of Skagway and Haines he guided on the Alsek-Tatshenshini River in Glacier Bay and Kluane National Park. Boris spent six years off the grid at Glacier Point, outside of Haines, working on the Davidson Glacier. After becoming a US Coast guard licensed Captain he ran a fishing charter business out of Haines. Like many guides living in Alaska he was looking for work in the winter season. Antarctica and the Arctic are in many ways similar to Alaska and the environment he was used to, wilderness, icy cold waters, icebergs, glaciers and in the north, bears. As an Expedition Leader, Boris has numerous trips to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands under his belt. In the north he has specialized in the Canadian Arctic, this has taken him through the North West Passage, through Fury and Hecla Straight, around Baffin Island and many places in Greenland. Boris is an avid sportsman as long as it involves boards, bikes, or skis. All these activities he includes in his time off work when he travels the world in a ’91 Volkswagen Westfalia Syncro, which has turned into a mobile adventure home base.
Ari Friedlaender | Associate Professor
Ari Friedlaender is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. Ari received his Master’s degree in Marine Biology from UNC Wilmington, and his PhD in Ecology from Duke University. Ari’s research focuses on understanding the underwater behavior and ecological linkages between marine mammals and their environments. Specifically, Ari has worked to develop new tagging and visualization tools to quantify the underwater behaviors of marine mammals. By linking tag-derived data with concurrent measurements of prey and other environmental variables, we can learn significantly more about how these ocean predators interact with their environment. Ari’s work is also geared towards understanding how the ecology of marine mammals is being affected by climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances. Ari works around the world with active research programs in Alaska, California, North Carolina, the Arctic and Antarctica. Ari has a special interest in Antarctica, having made over 20 research trips to study marine mammals in this unique habitat. Along with his scientific contributions, Ari actively engages with the non-science public through collaborations with the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institute, BBC, and other foundations to share information and promote ocean conservation.
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