Rob McCallum, FRGS
EYOS Founding Partner Rob McCallum is a professional expedition leader and consultant who has led expeditions for a wide variety of clients in remote locations throughout the world. With a diverse background ranging from helping guide a complete Antarctic circumnavigation by icebreaker to extensive deep-ocean searching, he has spent decades mounting complex logistical operations in remote regions.
Working first in the South Pacific as a New Zealand park ranger and a UN Technical Advisor, he gained extensive knowledge of this region and its culture. Living in Papua New Guinea for over 10 years, he became proficient in the neo-Melanesian languages of P.N.G., Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Later, he began leading expeditions to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and French Polynesia as a divemaster. He also has spent two decades of guiding and leading expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, including extensive time in the Ross Sea.
An acknowledged expert in deep-water submersible operations, he has led multiple expeditions to the RMS Titanic (12,500ft) and battleship Bismarck (15,500ft). Since 2007 he has used his M.Sc (management) to help with design and management of many complex deep-water expeditions, including the search for Air France 447. In 2012 he was the coordinator for the P.N.G. test program for James Cameron’s record-setting dive to the Marianas Trench.
Combining his expertise in deep-ocean operations with expedition management, he managed the construction of the research vessel and yacht Alucia over four years. Today, the vessel is widely considered the world’s foremost deep-water expedition vessel.
In addition to working with exclusive clients interested in exploring beyond the beaten path, Rob has consulted for the National Geographic Society, Discovery Channel, the Norwegian Navy, BBC, NHK and CNN. He is a licensed aircraft pilot, a PADI Dive Master and an enthusiastic member of the Explorers Club (NY) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London.