Hans has over three decades’ experience working as an Expedition Guide, Kayak Guide, Medic, Captain and Environmental Educator. He attributes being raised in Phoenix, a city in the in the middle of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, to his fascination with water. It started with raising tropical fish as a child, then scuba diving as a teen, and has continued to strengthen throughout his life. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology, he worked as a scientist on research vessels in the North Atlantic and Caribbean, kayak guiding between stints in Mexico. He then attained his Captain’s License and captained research and small passenger vessels in Central California and Alaska, which he still counts as his favourite destination. Hans is addicted to exploring different ecosystems, and understanding the inter-relationships that exist. He maintains that the more he learns, the less he knows.
On expeditions, Hans has some sound advice for expeditioners: “Observe and be in the moment. Get rid of your pre-conceived ideas of how nature works and attempt to formulate for yourself a narrative of what you are observing and experiencing. Appreciate the little things, for they are the reason the big things exist.”