2016 San Juan Islands Research Expedition

The Project

During the months of July and August of 2016, three teams of researchers sailed, hiked, and swam the San Juan Islands archipelago to research and develop a Field Guide to the 120+ islands.  These wild, rugged islands contain a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, wildlife, plants, marine life, tidal pools, and a cultural history of Native American and European colonization. 

The Research Team

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Expedition Leaders

Jen Herdina: Jen works as an Instructor for a  private University in Minnesota as well as an Expedition Leader and the Academic Director with Global Treks and Adventures. Jen loves learning new languages and trying to live in her "challenge" zone as much as possible.

Stefanie Lucas-Waverly: Stefanie is an Expedition Leader with Global Treks and Adventures and enjoys facilitating positive and constructive interactions between interns and people of all cultures. 

Kyle Herdina: Kyle works as the Program Director and Expedition Leader for Global Treks and Adventures. Kyle enjoys exploring remote places and their unique environments. 

Jessica Vanderwerff Wilson: Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Water Resources Science, emphasizing in limnology and oceanography. She is a lifelong learner, inspired by scientific discovery and thinking critically about the natural world – there is a lot yet to explore! 

Expedition Pictures