In his late 20s, Jonathan left a promising medical career and followed his heart into ecotourism. Today, Jonathan continues to act as an ambassador for Earth’s wilderness. Following nearly two decades of designing and leading wildlife expeditions to every corner of the world, he co-founded Apex in the firm belief that “we will only ever protect that which we love, we will only love that which we know, and we will only know that which we are taught.”
After graduating from the University of Washington, Alicia strapped on a backpack and headed abroad. Fully hooked on travel, she spent her twenties working just long enough to save up for another year away. Prior to co-founding Apex, Alicia was Vice President of Operations at two expedition travel companies and has traveled to nearly 100 countries and all 7 continents. Today, Alicia loves plotting exciting trips to share with Apexers everywhere.
Peter Harrison, the world’s leading seabird ornithologist, has received many professional awards and accolades over the years. “My greatest reward, however,” reflects Peter, “is when one of our guests tells me that I have changed their life forever because they will never look at a bird in the same light again. Even more to my heart is when I see someone sitting next to an albatross with tears of joy and wonder running down their cheeks.”
Carmin is one of those rare people who actually studied what she does for a living. Her studies in tourism and public relations led to an exciting career in the travel industry from designing African safaris to marketing, communications and sales strategy for several niche travel brands. Above all else, Carmin enjoys people and building relationships with her reputation for integrity and her passion for wilderness destinations.
Kevin began his career as a scientific illustrator, merging his childhood passions of drawing and exploring the natural world. It wasn’t long, however, before he found his true calling as a naturalist and field leader in expedition travel. Kevin brings his love of adventure and thirst for knowledge to everything he touches. As co-founder of Apex, he enjoys enhancing travelers’ understanding and appreciation for our world.
As an Apex co-founder and field leader, Shirley brings 30 years of experience leading expeditions from Pole to Pole. “Predicting the needs of our guests; understanding their expectations; and being one jump ahead of the next event, is all in a day’s challenge,” states Shirley. “Travel enables us to be globally informed, allowing us to share our experiences with others, thereby contributing to conservation and our own humanity.”