Joe Holliday has been a nature fanatic all of his life. He was raised near the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, where he enjoyed nature while camping with family and the Boy Scouts. He earned a B.S. in biology at Hamilton College, an M.S. in geology at Oregon State University, and his final degree in education administration from California State University. For twenty years, Joe has been a geology and oceanography professor at El Camino College in Torrance, California. He has been the director of the honors program there for several years as well. However, the best part of this job is leading week-long geology trips to the mountains and national parks of southwest United States.
Joe has been a naturalist for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic for almost two decades. Traveling, learning, and teaching about the awesome examples of nature in a number of places has enriched his teaching and helped make him an award-winning professor. No one enjoys the animals, plants, and geology on any expedition more than this naturalist, since these trips are the most life-enriching part of his busy year.