IAATO Executive Director Dr. Kim Crosbie said: “Lisa has a strong background in polar operations and has actively contributed to IAATO for many years. She is well placed to both deliver on IAATO’s long established objectives of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic travel and work effectively with our membership to continue strengthening the association. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team.”
Kelley has worked in the polar tourism industry for over 15 years, leading expeditions since 2007 for IAATO member operator Lindblad Expeditions. She is an accomplished Dive Master, underwater filmmaker and writer. She was also Station Manager for the United States Antarctic Program at Palmer Station in 2010, a position that earned her the Raytheon Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Before taking the role of IAATO Operations Manager, Kelley was an active member on the association’s Field Operations Committee and Education and Outreach Working Group. She also jointly established the Sea-Leopard Project, a citizen science research initiative that uses images and data supplied through the Antarctic tourism industry to advance our understanding of leopard seal behavior and distribution.