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John Kernan

John Kernan has been working in the expedition cruise industry for the past 25 years as a lecturer, naturalist, Zodiac driver, and expedition leader. He has led trips to all 7 continents and over 100 countries, with a keen focus on the polar and tropical regions. Since 1991 he had traveled the high Arctic during the northern summer, splitting time equally between the North Pacific (Alaska and Siberia) and the North Atlantic (Svalbard and Greenland). During the austral summer months he makes his way deep south to Antarctica, where he recently completed his 200th trip to the great white continent.

He graduated from Humboldt State University in 1989 with a BS double major in Marine Biology and Zoology. He focused graduate work on invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest while working as a docent at the California Academy of Science’s Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. While traveling with the organization as a guide and lecturer he found his natural calling as an expedition staff member. He has a USCG Captain’s license and is NRA certified in rifle handling. In the Arctic John primarily lectures on plants, but also lectures on birds & marine mammals. He is also a very dedicated and good wildlife spotter. In his spare time he enjoys birding, invertebrate zoology, photography, writing, backpacking, scuba diving, and skiing. He currently makes his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.