Meet Our Experts
Zoologist Kristofer Helgen is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who has led research expeditions to remote areas on almost every continent in his search for undiscovered species. From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the slopes of the Andes, Kris has identified some 100 new mammal species and documented viable populations of animals previously thought to be in major decline or even extinct. He is a professor of biological sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and has served as curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Kris will join the July 13 departure of the Australia expedition.
Adventure photographer and cinematographer Krystle Wright hails from Australia and has made a career of capturing unique moments on expedition and in extreme sports. She strives to tell the stories of impassioned physical feats that might otherwise go undocumented. Krystle’s assignments have taken her to all seven continents, and she continues to find ways to challenge herself—from paragliding in Pakistan to swimming through unexplored caves. Her images have been featured in National Geographic magazine and on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, as well as in Outside magazine, GQ, the Huffington Post. Krystle will join the June 24 departure of the Australia expedition.