Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition:
Meet Our Experts
Stephen Alvarez is an award-winning National Geographic photographer and filmmaker who produces global stories about exploration, adventure, culture, and archaeology. He has published over a dozen feature stories in National Geographic magazine. Stephen has traveled globally on assignment, including spending time in the highest peaks in the Andes, the Altiplano, and Peruvian Cloud Forest. He has also explored and photographed in some of the world’s deepest caves. His latest National Geographic story on the Origins of Art led from early human sites on the southern coast of Africa to Paleolithic art caves in France and Spain. Moved by the power of humanity’s earliest artworks, Alvarez founded the non-profit Ancient Art Archive, which is dedicated to using the photography and the newest image-based VR technology to explore, preserve and share the humanity’s oldest artworks. Stephen will join the June, 12th departure of the Ecuador and the Galapagos expedition.
National Geographic grantee and ecologist Kevin McLean can often be found high up in forest canopies, studying some of the world’s least-known wildlife. Kevin combines camera trapping and GPS technologies with field science to study wildlife living in tropical treetops. As he collects his scientific data, he writes stories, takes photos, and creates videos to provide a view of his life as a researcher and the interesting species he encounters. Kevin is a Research Fellow at the University of California Davis, and recently traveled to Malaysian Borneo and the Ecuadorian Amazon as a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling fellow, surveying canopy wildlife in two of the most biodiverse areas of the world. Kevin will join the June 24th and July 3rd departures of the Ecuador and the Galapagos expedition in Mindo and Cotopaxi.