Our Team

Yvonne grew up in Hamilton and came to the University of Glasgow as a mature student after many years working in pharmacy full time. She has always had a passion for animals and wanted to direct her future career towards that path. Going into full time work after leaving school provided her with people and problem-solving skills which will be beneficial when co-leading her first expedition this year. She has previous skills in monitoring and collecting data on wild animals which she gained from her trip to Phalaborwa, South Africa. She has also
assisted Dr Davide Dominoni with his data collection of Blue tit populations in Kelvingrove park. Yvonne is excited
to take on the role of grant manager in addition to her role as team leader.

Name: Yvonne Findlay
Role: Expedition Co-Leader, Researcher, Grants manager
Degree: Zoology
Year: 3

Name: Jasmine Brown
Role: Co-leader, Researcher, Project manager
Degree: Marine and freshwater biology
Year: 4

Jasmine moved to Canada after finishing school in England where she worked as a ski instructor. During this period, she learned vital leadership and management skills as she oversaw not only her students but also other instructors and was responsible for their safety. Jasmine also has strong communication and organisational skills through her roles as president and secretary of the Glasgow University Ballroom and Latin Dancing Society during her time at university. Jasmine was also part of the 2021 Malaysia Expedition where she planned and carried out her own project. Through these skills Jasmine is looking forward to supporting other students with
their projects through her role as group project manager, as well as improving her own research and fieldwork skills.

Josh is currently in his 2nd year of Zoology at the University of Glasgow. His role in the team is Secretary and Communications manager for the Iceland Expedition 2022. Josh was born in South Africa, but his whole life he has been travelling and growing up in different countries. He’s been fortunate to see the Elephants of Sri Lanka, the Orangutans of Malaysia, and the Golden Eagles of Scotland. he is fascinated by animals of all shapes and sizes and how they affect the ecosystems they inhabit. he loves being in the outdoors surrounded by nature. The opportunity to conduct research in Iceland and help provide data for conservation efforts motivates him greatly. He is grateful and excited to be a part of this team and looks forward to working with everyone!

Name: Josh Parley
Role: Researcher, secretary
Degree: Zoology
Year: 2

Name: Sianise McFarlane
Role: Researcher, Fundraising
Degree: Zoology
Year: 3

Sianise has spent many holidays in the Scottish Highlands and around the British coast which has given her passion for wildlife and the environment. Time in hospital and loss of family pets has inspired Sianise to want to give back to the world around her, leading her to pursue an interest in conservation. Sianise has volunteered with several projects and charities over the years gaining valuable organisational, communication and team-working skills. Furthermore, due to this work she has lots of previous fundraising experience.

Lauren grew up on a farm in the countryside of Scotland which has given her an understanding and passion for wildlife and biology in every shape and form. She has previous field work experience, carrying out research projects on the effects of water temperature and star fish righting behaviour giving her the necessary skills for data collection alongside the team. Additionally, Lauren has held several part time jobs whilst studying bringing a high level of time management and organisation to the team. Lauren will be running the teams social media pages including our blog.



Name: Lauren Jolliffe
Role: Researcher, Social media
Degree: Immunology
Year: 2

Name: Kate Morrison
Role: Researcher, Grants Coordinator
Degree: Zoology
Year: 3

Kate is currently in her third year of studying Zoology at Glasgow University. She volunteered at an animal welfare centre for several years and has undertaken a course on animal husbandry at Blair Drummond Safari Park. She also has extensive work experience at veterinary practices where she was trusted to care for animals and carry out tasks including injections, intubation and preparation for surgery. She took part in an expedition to Ecuador where she was part of projects including building a medical centre and school toilets in a rural community, and conservation in the Galapagos Islands. She has lots of experience working outdoors in all weathers and has completed a ranger course with Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, giving her the necessary skills for fieldwork. She has always had a fascination with the natural world for as long as she can remember and hopes to pursue a career in research.


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