Regular Polar Ship Staff
David 'Woody' Wood
Woody has become a favourite with Exodus clients. His knowledge is huge, as he is now approaching a ton of expeditions on Quark ships. With legendary spotting skills and a professionalism and demeanour that is massively reassuring... anyone getting on a ship with this entertaining expedition leader can rest assured no-one will work harder than him to ensure you get the very most from your Arctic or Antarctic experience.
Annie has worked at every level and every department on ice rated ships. From a polished hospitality background she has become one of the most capable expedition leaders. Whether it is plant life, bird life, mammals, guiding a Zodiac or lecturing on her favourite ice formations... Annie's experience, and amazing diligence leads many people to their most enjoyable ever holiday ever.
Laurie's background is in physical education, theology and anthropology. Originally from Scotland, he immigrated to Nunavut, Canada, where he learned the survival skills and Inuit. Laurie has led expeditions to the North Magnetic Pole and to the South Pole. When he is not leading voyages he is a motivational speaker and competes as a long-distance runner.
Laurie has run over 60 marathons, but he is also an ultra-distance runner. He ran 200km in 24 hours, 600km in six days; and ten marathons in ten days. He has taken part in many extreme expeditions, including skiing to the Geographic North Pole; across King George Island in Antarctica, and across the Greenland Ice Sheet. As a mountaineer he has made numerous first ascents in the Arctic and in the Swiss Alps.
Laurie is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographic Society, and a member of the Arctic Club. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Golden Jubilee Medal. On October of 2008, Laurie received the Stefansson Medal for Polar Exploration and to the cause of the exploration in Canada.
Returning to the Antarctic every season since 2003, Cheli has a passion for this pristine wilderness area. Her respect for the Antarctic environment combined with her enthusiasm ensures that every opportunity thrown her way is maximised on each and every voyage. With her ‘Kiwi’ sense of humour (which might take some getting used to!) you can be assured that you will not only be on a voyage of a lifetime but you will also have the time of your life! Cheli has most recently been Expedition Leader aboard the Sea Spirit in Antarctica.
Mariano has been working in the polar regions since 2003 and has participated in over 100 expeditions. He is a keen Scuba diver, kayaker, photographer and skier and while on ship has done everything from tending the bar, driving Zodiacs to being Expedition Leader. He is often the first to lead the way up any steep slopes and blaze a trail for clients to follow. He is a qualified historian and has detailed knowledge of the most famous polar explorers and expeditions. He says if he had all the money in the world, he would still travel to the polar regions every season.
Lynn has an honours degree in biology and a PhD in conservation genetics, where her field of study was that of minimum viable population size. Her first Antarctic voyage was in 1994 and she’s been there every year since in various roles including Expedition Leader, Assistant Expedition Leader, naturalist guide and wildlife and ice lecturer. While it was wildlife that first drew her to the Antarctic, the ever-changing ice-scapes provide much of the allure that keeps drawing her back. She has completed at least 140 trips to Antarctica and some 45 or so to the Arctic.
Ian Stirling - World-renowned Polar bear expert
There is no-one in the world better qualified to speak about polar bears. Ian has spent well over forty years studying this marine mammal and brings an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and no little humour on board. To quote a passenger from last year 'I would not have cared if I had seen nothing, just being on board with Ian was worth the admission and a real privilege'.
Ian is a Scientist Emeritus with the Canadian Wildlife Service. His research has focused mostly on Arctic and Antarctic zoology and ecology, and he is one of the world's top authorities on polar bears having spent over forty years studying them. Stirling has written three books and nearly 200 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has written and spoken extensively about the danger posed to polar bears by global warming. Incredibly knowledgeable and humorous he joins us in the Arctic in the summer and sometimes down South. He is one of the most popular staff members ever.
Kirsten Le Mar
Kirsten has a PhD in zoology from the University of Tasmania. She has worked as a field assistant in the Antarctic and subantarctic for both the Australian Antarctic Division and the University of Tasmania. Her particular field is the feeding and breeding ecology of marine mammals.
Brandon is from Vancouver Island, Canada, where he has spent nearly a decade working with the orca populations of British Columbia. He has encountered these highly intelligent oceanic predators on a daily basis. Brandon first traveled to Antarctica in 2002, and promptly fell in love with what is now his winter home. Brandon hopes to learn more about the mysterious orca population that inhabits Antarctic waters, and bring light to the complex ecology that exists there.