Caroline Van Hemert is a research biologist at the Alaska Science Center and studies avian ecology and wildlife disease.  She recently completed her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has a background in creative writing (M.A. at Western Washington University). caro_van@yahoo.com

Patrick Farrell studied art at Western Washington University and owns a design & build company in Anchorage, Alaska (www.farrellhomebuilding.com). farrellpat@hotmail.com


Caroline and Patrick live year-round in Alaska, residing in both Anchorage and Haines.  Prior to the current expedition, they have climbed, skied, paddled, and explored together for more than 10 years (see Other Trips).