Team Bios

Natalie Springuel, Team Leader
Coastal Community Development Extension Associate with Maine Sea Grant ~ President, Maine Association of Sea Kayak Guides and Instructors ~ experienced expedition leader: 850 miles around Nova Scotia in 1996 ~ extensive multi-day trips throughout the North Atlantic ~ registered Maine Sea Kayak and Recreational Guide since 1991 ~ Contributing Editor: Paddler Magazine and Shunpiking Magazine, Nova Scotia's Discovery Magazine ~ Maine Island Trail Association advisory committee member ~ Maine Coast Seminar coordinator ~ Wilderness First Responder ~ worked on board establishing sea kayak guide licensing in 1995/1996 and revising guide licensing in 2000 ~ MS. Environmental Communications, B.A. Human Ecology

Richard W. MacDonald
Former Science staff, The Nature Conservancy ~ Adjunct Faculty, State University of New York's Adirondack Experience Program ~ 30 years paddling experience ~ licensed New York State Guide since 1987 ~ author of the soon-to-be-released A Paddler's Guide to Lake Champlain ~ extensive experience kayaking Lake Champlain and the inland waters of New York State, as well as several trips a year exploring the Maine coast ~ self-taught and self-proclaimed computer and technology geek ~ ornithologist ~ writer ~ regular contributor to Adirondack Life and Adirondack Sports & Fitness ~ B.S. General Biology ~ long-time back-country skier with numerous first descents

Dan Earle
Retired Professor of Landscape Architecture and design consultant with sustainable design and permaculture focus - permanent resident of Canada living in a restored 1860's residence in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - active in Tusket River Environmental Protection Association and Gulf of Maine Institute Without Walls educational program - 50 years of paddling and outdoor experience with 10 years of sea kayaking - extended sea kayak trips in Georgian Bay (Canada), Maine Island Trail, Georgian and Floridian coasts - B.S./M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture, Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (coastal zone management focus) - avid reader - dabbler in watercolor and harmonica playing

Sue Hutchins
Experienced Canadian outdoor educator - paddler - globe trotter (recent trips include Scotland, Africa, Thailand, Nepal, and Tibet where her adventures included climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking to Everest Base Camp) - kayaking experiences include Greenland, Scotland, Maine, Great Lakes, and coastal Florida - avid caver with trips to Hungary, Wales, New Mexico, and West Virginia - retired high school teacher - recently married to Dan Earle with whom she shares environmental interests, a double kayak, and a sustainable life style - darn good photographer and beginning piano player.

Tom Teller
Tom is Volunteer-Of-The-Year! After he attended one of our Coast Guard partnership meetings, we invited him to join our team . . . And he has done the work of three paddlers since! Thank you ever so much, Tom! Professor of Aeronautics at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire, Tom is a Renaissance Man with degrees in both Aero and human factors engineering, as well as theology. He fills a needed role as Mass. EMTB and Wilderness EMT. An “aging Boy Scout” and scout leader for more than ten years, he is the 2nd of three generations of Eagle Scouts. Using Tom’s words, he is an “avid outdoors enthusiast for a loonnnnng time” and member of the 3M Club (Tom and friends made it up – to join requires 1,000 nights camping and 1,000 miles backpacking, and 1,000 paddling, all in the wilderness). Tom has led numerous paddling expeditions on Northeastern wilderness Rivers and will add the Dumoine in southern Québec before joining our Expedition this summer. Tom has been married for over 30 years to an incredibly patient woman who lets him go off on expeditions such as ours . . . thanks Emily! Tom is also father to two, grown boys who are “very patient with both parents.”