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Our Team in the Field

Expert tour leaders are an integral part of the Worldwide Quest experience. Meet our unique group of leaders from around the world and see where they're off to next.

Aaron
Lawton

Aaron Lawton, alumnus of the University of British Columbia, develops the Polar program for One Ocean Expeditions, bringing a strong commitment to conservation in the Polar Regions. Over the last decade, Aaron has been expedition leader or kayak guide on about a hundred trips to the Canadian Arctic, the Antarctic Peninsula and Svalbard.
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Alan
Watson

As a faculty member in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Alan Watson teaches nature interpretation, environmental stewardship and a conservation field course. With over 25 years of experience leading nature tours, Alan has guided groups in southern Ontario, Canada's Maritime Provinces, Trinidad and Tobago, Nevis, Dominica, Costa Rica, Brazil and Tanzania.
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Ann
Haynes-Sutton

Ann Haynes-Sutton is a conservation ecologist who has spent her working life in Jamaica. She is the senior author of “A photographic guide to the birds of Jamaica” published by Princeton University in 2009, and has been leading bird and natural history tours in Jamaica and other islands for many years.
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Brian
Ratcliff

Brian Ratcliff is a biological consultant whose recent work includes collecting background data for environmental assessments of proposed “green energy” projects near Lake Superior. He has worked extensively with species at risk such as Peregrine Falcon, American White Pelican, and Woodland Caribou.
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Bruno
Tremblay

Professor Bruno Tremblay, McGill University, is an associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. His current research focuses on the presence of sea ice and snow at high latitudes and their effect on global climate and climate change. Bruno will discuss Antarctic ice sheet history and sea ice trends.
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Caroline
Schultz

Caroline Schultz is the Executive Director at Ontario Nature. Caroline has directed Ontario Nature’s programs and operations since 2005. Caroline previously served as conservation director for the Canadian Nature Federation for 10 years, leading the organization’s national advocacy, science and stewardship programs.
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Chris
Earley

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.
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Christoph
Richter

Professor Christoph Richer, University of Toronto, is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology whose research focuses on the impact of human activities – such as fishing, whale watching, and oil exploration – on the behaviour of cetaceans. Christoph will discuss topics including animal behaviour, marine mammalogy, and biological diversity.
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Dr. Martyn
Obbard

Martyn Obbard is an emeritus research scientist and the former resident bear biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and adjunct professor at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). His field work focused on Polar Bears and Black Bears, and he has published many papers detailing the demographics, genetics, and movements of these species.
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Gavan
Watson

Gavan Watson is a third-generation naturalist and a second-generation Quest tour leader. While completing his PhD at York University, he developed and taught a popular experiential natural history course. Now at the University of Guelph, he works to enhance the quality of teaching and learning on-campus.
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Geoff
Henderson

Retired from teaching outdoor education and natural science, Geoff Henderson continues to work on botanical surveys, Kiwi monitoring, and an on-going native plants re-vegetation project.

"Geoff is an incredibly knowledgeable leader for both flora and fauna as well as Maori culture." - 2016 New Zealand traveller
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Glenn
Barrett

Past-President of the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, Glenn Barrett has a degree in Wildlife Biology and has worked extensively in outdoor education programming for educational institutions and as a Wildlife Technician for Environment Canada since 1994.
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Ian
Shanahan

Ian Shanahan guides throughout Canada and internationally from the Tropics to the Arctic. Over 13 seasons as an interpretive naturalist in Ontario’s Presqu’ile and Algonquin Parks, his initial passion for birds spread to all life forms. Now, Ian captures his nature explorations through writing, sketching and photography.
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Jean
Iron

A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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Jessica
Linton

Jessica Linton is a consulting biologist who specializes in butterflies. Based in Ontario, her work has a heavy focus on species-at-risk including butterflies, the wildlife group about which Jessica is most passionate. She has over 10 years of experience conducting butterfly surveys, behavioral monitoring, and migration studies.
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Jimmy
MacDonald

Jimmy MacDonald is a lifelong naturalist and outdoorsman who has been working for the last 14 years as a freelance guide on nature tours and paddling expeditions. His love of the outdoors was fostered during his graduate school where he researched Cold Regions Hydrology issues in the Rocky Mountains.
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Josh
Vandermeulen

Josh Vandermeulen is a professional Field Biologist and is an active and well-known member of Ontario’s naturalist community. He regularly travels the province in pursuit of his two core interests, field herpetology and ornithology.
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Justin
Peter

Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.
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Kelly K.
Falkner

Dr. Kelly Kenison Falkner has devoted her entire career to the Polar regions. She currently serves as Director of the Office of Polar Programs of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S Antarctic Program. During the International Polar Year (2007-08), she founded the Antarctic Integrated System Science Program, which led to having an Antarctic glacier named after her.
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Page
Burt

Page Burt is the staff naturalist at Bathurst Inlet Lodge. She has worked with the Inuit of Bathurst Inlet since 1972. She has also lived in Rankin Inlet and Yellowknife where she worked as an environmental scientist.
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Pete
Read

Pete travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.
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Sherry
Kirkvold

Sherry brings a deep love of nature along with her more than 30 years of experience as a naturalist, geographer and expedition leader. She has worked in the national, provincial and regional park systems as well as museums in British Columbia.
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Tony
Beck

Tony Beck is a freelance naturalist and professional photographer based in Ottawa. His award winning work appears in many books, websites, magazines & calendars. He teaches birdwatching and nature photography courses both independently and through a variety of institutions. Tony has earned the rank of Ambassador for Nikon Canada.
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