Our Team

Name: Elizabeth Millar
Role: Expedition Leader
Age: 20
Degree: Geography
Year: 3

Elizabeth is a third year physical Geography student. Having been a member of the 2016 Iceland Expedition to Skálanes she is unbelievably excited to return. Elizabeth believes that the expedition offers her an unrivalled opportunity to carry out research in one of the most fascinating and geographically diverse nations in the world. She is particularly interested in ecology and conservation and is thrilled to have the chance to carry out her own project this time around. Elizabeth enjoys fieldwork and is eager to have another opportunity to broaden and build upon the experience she has gained so far. Elizabeth hopes that the team will find the immense opportunity for learning, inspiration and comfort as she did at Skálanes, but most importantly, on this expedition she hopes to make new friends and share new memories with an amazing, hardworking team.

Sallie is a third year Zoology student at the University of Glasgow, and is currently watching as many Icelandic documentaries as she can get her hands on. She has a passion for all things nature related and can’t wait to explore what Iceland’s flora and fauna has to offer. It has been her goal to go on an expedition since first year and so is very grateful to now have the opportunity to lead such an amazing one. She is hoping to carry out some projects on the trip focusing on the many birds that inhabit Iceland, particularly puffins – which are her favourite. Having travelled to Cape Verde the summer before to help research nesting loggerhead turtles, Sallie is keen to continue working in the field and learn all she can about as many animals as possible. Wildlife conservation and research is an area of work that she would love to expand into a career and it would be a dream to spend her future exploring the outdoors.

Name: Sallie Turnbull
Role: Expedition Leader
Age: 20
Degree: Zoology
Year: 3

Name: Kate Halstead
Role: Secretary
Age: 20
Degree: Geography
Year: 3

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Kate is a third year undergraduate Geography student at the University of Glasgow. Since a young age she has been fascinated with travelling and exploring new places, and can’t wait to discover Iceland’s vast abundance of geological and geographical features. This will make it an ideal location for her to collect valuable research data. She is hoping to undertake a project that will analyse whether there are any unusual climatic changes to the periglacial environment of Iceland, and to identify whether these observed changes have been influenced by recent global warming or other contributing factors. Research into climate change is a field which Kate would like to continue investigating and pursuing in the future. In her spare time Kate is an avid hiker, and is looking forward to being given the opportunity to explore and discover new landscapes whilst working on her project

 

Naomi is a second year Earth Science and Geography student with a great interest in conservation and climate change. Growing up in the remote countryside of the West Coast of Scotland, Naomi has plenty of experience of wildlife and the outdoors. She applied to join the Iceland expedition to gain practical fieldwork experience and is particularly looking forward to seeing some of Iceland’s unique geological features. Having recently spent ten weeks in Ghana, Naomi has developed a love of travel and can’t wait to immerse herself in a new culture. Iceland has been on the top of her to-visit list since she started studying geology two years ago and she’s thrilled to be given the opportunity to work and explore there

Name: Naomi Stansby
Role: Social Media
Age: 20
Degree: Earth Science
Year: 2

Name: Taylor Hutchinson
Role: Fundraising Coordinator
Age: 21
Degree: Zoology
Year: 3

Taylor is a third year Zoology student at the University of Glasgow. Iceland has always been at the top of his list in terms of countries he’s wanted to visit. He is excited for the research opportunities that this expedition will provide, especially in the field of ornithology. Taylor has previously been on an expedition to the small Caribbean island of Tobago where he conducted field work on bats, frogs, and the endangered Hawksbill turtle. He is ready to bring all the knowledge and skills that he gained from this trip to the new and challenging environment of Iceland. Taylor is a budding amateur photographer and is looking forward to all the landscape and wildlife photo opportunities that may come up during this expedition. He is especially looking forward to seeing the northern lights for the first time

 

As far back as she can remember, she has always wanted to be a zoologist. Carolin deeply admires the incomprehensible complexity of the natural world and it was the never-ending discoveries and unique peculiarities of animals’ biological structure and behaviour that inspired her to start studying Zoology this year in Glasgow. She is very excited to take part in the expedition to Iceland and explore this unique country and wildlife. Her main interests are animal conservation and sustainability but she is also very excited about the diversity of this year’s team and the opportunity to work together with Earth Science students and broaden her knowledge in Geology and Geography. Carolin has experience in archaeological fieldwork and can’t wait to gain biology-related fieldwork and research skills. Long distance hikes and nature photography are her passion and she hopes to get involved in promoting public awareness of wildlife someday.

Name: Carolin Dahms
Role: Marketing
Age: 19
Degree: Zoology
Year: 1

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