Seeing Earth from such a powerful vantage point only fueled Kathy’s lifelong desire to understand how and why our planet works and the implications and consequences of how we are living on it. After leaving NASA she held an array of prestigious posts including vice chair of the National Science Board and a dual role as NOAA administrator and undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere.
Most recently Kathy has traveled aboard National Geographic Explorer as a Global Perspectives Guest Speaker. She shared her planetary perspective through fascinating presentations on topics like the New Space Age and the Emerging Arctic. Joining our expeditions gave her a chance to quench her never-ending thirst to explore and learn—as a trained earth scientist she was thrilled to experience the High Arctic’s unique geology and to be in the presence of Precambrian rocks, some of the oldest on earth. It also allowed her to watch our undersea program in action. Kathy was an early catalyst in the creation of this unique element found on all Lindblad voyages—and she was excited to see how it has come to life and evolved over the years.