Travelers Will Participate in Global Genographic Project with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Spencer Wells


NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — Guests sailing this year aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ flagship, the 110-passenger National Geographic Endeavour, will have the opportunity to travel with National Geographic scientists, explorers and adventurers to remote beaches and atolls of the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji, Easter Island and Papua New Guinea beginning in April.

Geneticist, anthropologist, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Spencer Wells will join Lindblad Expeditions’ journeys to the South Pacific during voyages in late July and share his work as director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project, a five-year initiative to map the journey of humans as they populated the planet.

Travelers aboard the National Geographic Endeavour with Wells may participate first-hand by submitting their own cheek swab sample prior to traveling. They will then have the opportunity to talk about their individual migratory histories with Wells while onboard (Jul. 24 departure: Tahiti to Cook Islands; Jul. 30 departure: Cook Islands to Fiji). See http://www.expeditions.com/.

“We see this as the moon shot of anthropology, using genetics to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of human history,” said Spencer Wells. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to decipher that story, now in danger of being lost as people migrate and mix to a greater extent than they have in the past.” Other National Geographic experts joining Lindblad’s South Pacific voyages in 2006 include Writer and Adventurer Jon Bowermaster (Apr. 16, May 4, Oct. 13 departures); Anthropologist and Explorer-in-Residence, studying Polynesian navigation history, Wade Davis (Aug. 10 departure).

Also, Underwater Photographer David Doubilet (Aug. 26 and Sept. 11 departures); Marine Biologist and Filmmaker Soames Summerhays (Sept. 22 and 30 departures).

The Genographic Project is aimed at analyzing DNA and genetic markers to trace ancient human migrations across the continents. Director Spencer Wells has analyzed the DNA of thousands of people living in isolated tribes around the world. His book, Journey of Man, chronicles his discovery that all humans can be traced back to a tribe of hunter-gatherers who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago.

Lindblad Expeditions was founded in 1979 and operates in regions such as Galapagos, Antarctica, Alaska and Baja California, to name a few, with a focus on responsible tourism. The company has been the recipient of many environmental awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme Global 500 Award.

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