Chris Field- Team Leader
I am 21 years old and in my final year of Zoology at the University of Glasgow. This will be my second expedition after going to Bolivia last year and I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Peru expedition to the Manu Biosphere reserve. I have always been passionate about wildlife throughout my life and have volunteered with conservation groups both in Scotland and in Italy where I grew up. Since doing my honours project in Bolivia on the critically endangered Blue-throated Macaw I confirmed my love for fieldwork and the wildlife of South America which has been a passion on mine since a young age. The flora and fauna of this region absolutely facinates me and being able to go out into the field and do research and help conserve the wildlife of the region facinates me. I am thrilled to be leading this expedition, and I hope my skills and experience will help lead the expedition to success.
Euan Macfarlane - Team Leader
I am incredibly excited to have been given the chance to travel with the Glasgow Exploration Society to Peru. I have always wanted to visit the rainforest and as a zoology student the sheer diversity of life is astounding. I have the opportunity to conduct projects out in Peru and I am determined to gain as much as I can from this adventure as it is truly unique. My ambition is to use the skills and capability I develop on the expedition throughout my academic career. I cannot imagine a more valuable experience for an enthusiastic science student.
Finn Muller - Transport Coordinator
I am a second year student at the University of Glasgow and I am studying Marine and Freshwater Biology. This will be my first time in South America and also my first expedition with the exploration society, however I have done some travelling before, in 2012 a group from my school went to Tanzania for a month. This trip made me want to travel more but with it being focused on trekking and community work I am excited to get the chance to do some wildlife research and gain some field experience. I am really looking forward to being able to spend so much time in the rainforest, which has always been a dream of mine. I have always loved wildlife and this trip has given me the chance to experience more of it and be able to do valuable research as well.
Degree: Marine and Freshwater Biology
Joanna Lindsay - Fundraising Coordinator
Hey! I’m Jo and I am currently in my third year of my Zoology degree at the University of Glasgow. I could not be more excited to be part of the 2015 Peru team; I have had a great fascination with the rainforest from a very young age and the Amazon is somewhere I have always desperately wanted to visit! I can hardly believe that I finally getting to go there, I just can’t wait!! After I came back from an expedition to Madagascar with Operation Wallacea in summer 2014, I knew immediately that I wanted to go away again and travel to more amazing places and study more amazing wildlife! And I am sure that Peru will not disappoint me! Previously, I had been most interested in mammals over anything else, but while in Madagascar I developed an interest in many other groups of animals such as reptiles, amphibians and birds; so I am eager to get out there and discover what fascinating flora and fauna Peru has to offer! I am also very excited to be carrying out many projects while I am in Peru, though I have still to decide on a topic so watch this space! Research and conservation of such biodiverse areas such as the Manu Reserve is extremely important and I cannot wait to contribute to the work being done to protect this truly magnificent part of the world.
Izabel Alvares – Fundraising Coordinator
I’m Izabel Alvares, a second year Zoology student with a passion for adventure. I am glad to be on the Peru team as there are so many animals found there that I want to learn more about, a few of which are Seba’s fruit bats, poison dart frogs, salamanders and blue-and-yellow Macaws – which can be taught to speak – most of which are found in Amazonia where I volunteered. Peru also gives me an opportunity to practice my Spanish. I love hot climates and the outdoors so Peru is an ideal trip for me as also everyone on my team are really nice people.
Victoria Ponder - Secretary
I am Victoria Ponder, a second year zoologist, wildlife enthusiast and someone who is very happy to be heading off to Peru this year to get involved in an amazing research opportunity. I was so excited when I found out I genuinely jumped so high I nearly hit the ceiling; maybe I was taking a leaf out of the Peruvian frog’s pond. I am so excited to see all the wonderful creatures, but my favourite and the one I am most anxious to see would have to be the jaguar after having met his cousin the leopard last year in Africa.
Meghan Bremner - Publicity
My name is Meghan Bremner I am a third year geography student and I am absolutely delighted to be on the Peru team. I think it is such an exciting opportunity to travel to a country that I would probably not have visited before. I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing wildlife that the Manu reserve has to offer and are especially excited by the prospect of seeing –hopefully fingers crossed! –a jaguar!! I think the work that goes into the fundraising will also be extremely beneficial for later life (e.g. organisational skills). Everyone else on Team Peru seems lovely and I am really looking forward to it! When else would you get the opportunity to spend seven weeks in a rainforest!!