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Will Abbott

Geologist & Glaciologist

A fierce advocate for conservation, Will is a ferociously passionate naturalist guide specializing in the geology, glaciology and climate of Polar Regions.

Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Will was the third-born child of his family, and therefore the least loved. Barely scraping through school, he somehow managed to graduate with a degree in Geology & Geophysics (Honors) at Macquarie University, and worked as a geologist in a number of beautiful areas around the world, such as the Australian outback, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Years later, Will was diagnosed with a serious case of “travelitis,” quit work and decided to travel and explore the world. It was only after arriving in Antarctica as a passenger did he finally realize his passion for the Polar Regions. Since then, Will has traveled extensively throughout all 7 continents, often doing completely ridiculous things, such as driving a tiny 1.1L Peugeot 206 across 22 countries, from London to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to raise money for charity or, just recently in 2017, successfully summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

While onboard, Will delivers an array of entertaining presentations about the surrounding geology, glaciology and climate, and when he is not leading interpretive hikes or hugging rocks on land, you will likely find him driving you safely from ship to shore as one of the many experienced on-board zodiac drivers.

Throughout 8 seasons with Quark Expeditions, Will has enjoyed participating in over 60 polar voyages, ranging from exploring the wilderness areas of the Antarctic Peninsula in the south to exploring the Norwegian coast, Svalbard archipelago, East and West Greenland and the Canadian Arctic in the north. He also has broad non-polar guiding experience in a number of spectacular regions around the world, including the Indian Ocean, Seychelles, Madagascar, the South Pacific and Australia’s Kimberley coast.

When he is not a part of Quark’s expedition team, Will is drawn to the mountains and ocean, enjoying countless adventures trekking in the Atlas, East African, Himalayan, French and Andes mountains while being an avid surfer, certified scuba/free diver and all-round water sports lover!