BUAD 397


JUN 20 - JUL 5


Svalbard, Iceland, and Greenland


Environmental Leadership


$2800 (not including cabin booking)

Have you ever wanted to see polar bears, walruses, whales and reindeer in their natural habitat? And kayak and zodiac among astonishing icebergs and massive ice floes at our earth’s most northern pole? For 3 weeks this summer, we are offering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the high Arctic aboard the National Geographic Resolution, a brand new fully stabilized vessel of the highest ice class, Polar Class 5.  Starting in Norway and meandering between the icy landscapes of Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard, we will be at sea and at shore, hiking vast tundra landscapes and exploring remote Icelandic villages with the ship’s experienced naturalists, cultural specialists and photographers. With a National Geographic Explorer as your professor, Alizé Carrère, join us for this unforgettable adventure to an area that few get the chance to visit. 


  • All course materials
  • Course Instruction from National Geographic Explorer, Alizé Carrere, PhD
  • Sea State Leader support
  • Pre-expedtion Online Orientation

Not Included

  • Flight to/from Oslo, Norway
  • Credit fees @ $180 per credit
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Some necessary gear items (available for rent)
  • Cabin booking - through Lindblad (approx $21,056)

Alizé Carrère


Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and PhD researcher examining the myriad ways people adapt to environmental change. In 2013, Alizé received support from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to severe deforestation. This work evolved into a broader educational film project that has taken her around the world, documenting stories about people and climate change in India, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Norway and the United States. Prior to starting her PhD, Alizé worked for Lindblad Expeditions for four years, designing and leading voyages aboard the 102-passenger National Geographic Orion. As an expedition leader, both on board the National Geographic ships as well as in her scientific research, her field experiences have afforded her unique insights about what true environmental leadership looks like on the ground. This expertise continues to guide her research and teaching as she supports the next generation of environmental stewards. Alizé received both her B.A. and M.Sc. from McGill University, and is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami in Ecosystem Science & Policy.

Course Objectives:

Environmental Leadership is a sea-going expedition designed to equip students with the necessary understanding and skills to address complex environmental challenges. Students will develop their capacities to find common ground among diverse points of view, advance decision making that takes into account both scientific knowledge and personal value systems, and facilitate cooperation across social, organizational, and administrative boundaries.


Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. 1)  Recognize global and regional/local environmental problems and propose solutions to these problems using interdisciplinary thinking and approaches;
  2. 2)  Acquire a balanced understanding of the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking of the natural sciences as well as the social sciences;
  3. 3)  Refine the ability in the field to make judgements, take action, and work in partnerships to resolve real-world environmental problems;
  4. 4)  Develop the communication and leadership skills necessary to raise topics for discussion and to negotiate issues at the community level;
  5. 5)  Hone their ability to use visual communication methods and various media platforms for broader engagement and awareness.

These will be achieved through the following six (6) learning topics/modules

1.  Sustainability and Environmental Protection

2.  History: A Backward Glance

3. Examining Regional Environmental Issues and Solutions

4.  Human Impact & Conservation

5.  Science in the Field

  1. 6)  Communicating and Effecting Change