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The Explorers Club serves as a common bond and meeting point for explorers and field scientists worldwide. Every year Explorers Club members launch new research expeditions around the world, thus continuing the early goals laid down by the Club’s founders in 1904.

The Explorers Club flag represents an impressive history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions by Club members since 1918. To carry the Club flag is an honor and a privilege. It has flown at both poles, from the highest peaks of the greatest mountain ranges, traveled to the depths of the ocean, to the lunar surface, and outer space. A flag expedition must further the cause of exploration and field science.

For additional information about applying for a flag go to the explorer’s club website.

San Diego Chapter Flag Expeditions


Flag #160

Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition
Expedition Leader: Frederik D.A. Paulsen, MI’02 with Tim Radke, MN’13 and a large number of other explorers
March 1 - December 20, 2016

Flag #83

Rig2Reef Exploration: Re-purposing Offshore Oil and Gas Platforms as Reefs
Expedition Leader: Emily A. Callahan, MN’14
September 30 – October 9, 2016

Flag #132

Tang to Qing Dynasty Vessels of the Maritime Silk Road
Expedition Leader: Damien J.Y. Leloup, FI’11
June 3 – June 19, 2016

Flag # 211

Hunt for the Ruby Seadragon Expedition 2016
Expedition Leader: Greg Rouse FN’16 with Mary (Dewy) White MN’14, Christian Mc Donald
March 29 – April 20, 2016


Flag #216

Angel Island: Hunting for Biofluorescence Eels
Expedition Leader: Amberlea C. Jackson, TM’14 with Patty Elkus, MN’13, Rick Elkus, LI’10, Jessica Elkus, MN’12, and Kristina Elkus, MN’12
March 29 – April 4, 2015


Flag #117

Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Project (ELRAP):
Khirbat al-Jariya, Jordan
Expedition Leader: Thomas E. Levy, FN’09
August 17 – September 17, 2014

Flag #117

The 2014 Waterberg Plateau Regional Wildlife and Cultural
Heritage Expedition
Expedition Leaders: Thomas E. Levy, FN’09, Laurie L. Marker, FI’06, David Dolan, FN’03 with Nancy Nenow, MN’04
July 25 – August 2, 2014

Flag # 221

Cabo Pulmo Mobula Investigation
Expedition Leader: Richard Elkus, LF’11
March 2 – March 9, 2014


Flag # 132

Unearthing History in Porcelain: An Underwater Expedition
of the Jingdezhen River
Expedition Leader: Damien J. Y. Leloup, FI’10
October 14 – November 1, 2013

Flag #84

The Tamaraw, a rare Endemic Dwarf Buffalo of Mindoro
Expedition Leader: Brent S. Stewart, FN’91
May 13 – May 27, 2013



The Role of the Placodioid Morphological Expression Under
High Stress Conditions in Central and Northern China
Expedition Leader: Lawrence A. Glacy, FN’09
July 27 – September 29, 2012


Flag #84

Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay and the Coral Triangle
Expedition Leader: Brent Stewart, FN’91
November 8 – November 30, 2011

Flag #84

Ecology of Whale Sharks in the Archipelago of the Republic
of the Maldives
Expedition Leader: Brent Stewart FN’91
December 8 – December 25, 2011

Flag #117

Edom Lowlands Regional Archaeology Expedition to Jordan
Expedition Leader: Thomas E. Levy, FN’09
September 25 to December 10, 2011

Flag # 60

Bio-monitoring Air Quality Using Lichen - An Expedition to
the Gaoligong Mountains of Western Yunnan Provence, China
Expedition Leader: Lawrence Glacy, FN’09 with Nancy Nenow, MN’04
June – July 2011

Flag #109

Oden Southern Seas Expedition 2010/2011
Expedition Leader: Brent Stewart FN’91
December 3 – January 20, 2011


Flag #99

Valley of the Khans Project
Expedition Leader: Albert Yu-Min Lin, FN’10
June 24 – July 26, 2010


Flag #112

Hkampti Plane Search – Western Mountains Along the
Border of Myanmar and India
Expedition Leader: Brenda Davidson-Shaddox, MN’04 with Nancy Nenow, MN’04, Don Morley, MN’90, Charlene Glacy, and our Burmese Crew
January 11 – February 13, 2007


Flag #147

Curare Quest Expedition
Expedition Leader: H. Morgan Smith, FE’56 and Doris Lee McCoy, FN’91
July 25 – August 4, 2006

Flag #84

Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin Expedition
Expedition Leader: Brent S. Stewart FN’91
October 28 – December 6, 2006

Flag #84

Icebreaker Oden Expedition, Buenos Aires to McMurdo

Expedition Leader: Brent S. Stewart, FN’91
December 7, 2006 – January 7, 2007



Flag #84

Whale Sharks of East Africa
Expedition Leader: Brent S. Stewart, FN’91
November 14 – December 3, 2005


Flag #42

Yellowstone Lake MATBI
Expedition Leader: Jay M. Short, LF’03
August 2004

 Flag #42

Kamchatka Microbial Expedition
Expedition Leader: Jay M. Short, LF’03
August 2004


Flag #73

Binational Expedition to Sierra de la Laguna and Cerro
Mechudo in Baja California Sur with the San Diego Natural History Museum
Dr. Norm C. Roberts, FN’96, Dr. James F. Clements, FN’80, and Robert Clements
November 10 – 22, 2003


Flag # 189

Ethnopharmacological Research in Nepal
Capt. Robert “Rio” Hahn, Teresa Fiske



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