Monday, June 1, 2009

Meet the Expedition Leaders

2009 Peru A Expedition Leaders, Lindsay Mackenzie and Michael Hanson


Michael Hanson. Washington and Lee University, B.A. Michael is a Seattle-based travel and documentary photographer whose clients have included the New York Times. USA Today, Sunset, Runner’s World, National Public Radio, and National Geographic Adventure. He majored in Spanish at Washington and Lee, and spent a semester abroad at the Universidad de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Michael co-founded a photography workshop serving an underserved inner-city school in Birmingham, Alabama. He was commissioned by America 24/7, a popular coffee-table book series, to photograph Americans and their homes, and as a member of a team funded by a National Geographic Research and Exploration grant spent a month on a remote Fijian island photographing indigenous fishing techniques. He’s completed independent photography projects on a proposed gold mine in Chile, a Guatemalan women’s co-op, and an oil facility in the Ecuadorian Amazon. His most recent projects include a women’s photography initiative documenting life after genocide in Kigali, Rwanda, and a photo-documentary project in Ethiopia. Michael’s work was exhibited at the Bare Hands Gallery in Birmingham. He is fluent in Spanish.

Archaeology & Ancient Culture

Lindsay Mackenzie. Colgate University, B.A. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude from Colgate, where she majored in Geography and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. She received the Peter Gould Award in her major discipline, was a member of the Konosioni Senior Honor Society, and earned Distinction in the Liberal Arts core curriculum. Lindsay worked as a reporter for the Pique newsmagazine in Whistler, British Columbia, served as the Kosovo logistics coordinator for the Balkans Peace Park project, and worked as a research assistant at the Centre for International Relations (CIR) at the University of British Columbia. In 2005 and 2006 she was awarded a year-long Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to explore transboundary conservation and development issues in Europe, the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central America. For the past two years Lindsay has worked as a Tour Leader for Adventures Abroad Worldwide Travel Ltd. In this capacity she has led groups of adventurous travelers on cultural tours in locations around the world, including Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, and Brazil. She has explored some of the world’s richest archaeological zones, including Rome, Sicily, Petra, Persepolis and Chichen Itzá. Lindsay is a talented photographer. She is proficient in Spanish.