In the company of Study Leader D. Graham Burnett '93, Princeton Professor of History, discover a side of the Sea of Cortez that you would otherwise miss. On this educational adventure for all ages, Professor Burnett will illuminate how science, politics and simple human wonder have converged to transform our relationship with the mightiest of marine mammals, the whale, as we explore a living sea teeming with wildlife. In Bahía Magdalena, we'll enjoy the rare privilege of witnessing the magnificent gray whale in its natural habitat. We'll search for dolphins, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, cormorants and the quirky frigatebirds as we travel in true expedition style aboard the newly renovated, 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. Her nimble design allows us access to the shallow lagoons where whales give birth, and a fleet of expedition landing craft lets us take shore on desert islands unmarred by tourist infrastructure and designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Our National Geographic naturalist will lead us on hikes through forests of towering cacti and sculpted sand dunes, where we will see a variety of desert flora and fauna, and our certified photo instructor will make sure you return home with some of the best shots of your life. We'll also have the opportunity to snorkel, kayak and stand-up paddleboard among sea lions on this active voyage through a truly brilliant setting.
About the Study Leader
D. Graham Burnett ’93 is a professor of the history of science at Princeton University, an editor of Cabinet magazine in Brooklyn, and a long-standing contributor and board member at Lapham’s Quarterly, based in New York City. He writes widely on the themes of technology, nature, and the environment, and his books on the scientific study of cetaceans — Trying Leviathan (Princeton University Press, 2005), and The Sounding of the Whale (University of Chicago Press, 2012) — have won several prizes. He has direct experience of the ecology and conservation problems of Baja and its surrounding waters through his service to the non-profit Vermilion Sea Institute and his years of co-teaching field courses on marine biology in Bahía de los Ángeles, work chronicled in Aaron Hirsh’s Telling Our Way to the Sea (FSG, 2014), winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Burnett received a Guggenheim in 2013-2014 for his current efforts to link artistic practice and scholarly inquiry. He is associated with the performance collective known as ESTAR(SER) under whose auspices he has presented projects at Manifesta 11 (Zurich), The Kochi Biennial (2016), SALT (Istanbul), and elsewhere.