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Stephanie Borrelle

About Stephanie Borrelle

Presenter & Guide


Steph grew up in New Zealand, where the ocean was never far from sight. Known as the “seabird capital of the world,” more than a quarter of the world’s seabirds breed there, so it’s the perfect place for Steph. Intrigued by the enigmatic seabird for as long as she can remember, she is captivated by the beauty and resilience of albatross, petrels, shearwaters and storm petrels.

Steph is completing her doctoral degree on seabird conservation and ecology. Her research interests also include island restoration and marine threats to seabirds, such as commercial fisheries, plastic pollution and climate change.

She has also spent time in Antarctica and in New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, where there are seabirds galore. Antarctica and its surrounding waters play a crucial role in the lives of many seabird species. Though the Southern Ocean may appear vast and empty, albatross and petrels forage in the expansive waters (some species can circumnavigate the entire Antarctic continent), storm petrels walk on water and penguins nest in boisterous, aromatic colonies.

The journey to Antarctica is a visual symphony, and visiting the land is an inspiring, indescribable experience. Steph looks forward to sharing that experience with you and watching albatross and petrels from the back of the ship as it crosses the Drake Passage.