About Our Team

Find out all about the Trinidad Team for 2015

Mark Steven Greener

Leader

Hey Guys,

I am Mark, and if you have followed any of the past three expeditions, you will recognise me well. I am currently in the final year of my MSci Zoology degree. This years expedition is my 4th and I can’t wait to get back to marvellous Trinidad! Not only was I part of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Expeditions, I also did my work placement in Trinidad. I was working in the Zoology Museum at The University of the West Indies (UWI) (check them out on facebook) as well as conducting a project on the praying mantis species of Trinidad. Whilst on placement, I also conducted lots of work on bat surveying as well as being part of the Arima Valley BioBlitz 2013. As You might be able to tell, I absolutely love Trinidad, its culture, food, music, people and especially its wildlife!

Eleanor Gourevitch

Leader

 

Hello there, I am Ellie Gourevitch! I am in my second year at Glasgow University studying Zoology. You may recognize me from last years expedition, where I was part of the Turtle Team. This year, however, I will be working on amphibians, in particular the monkey tree frog. I can’t wait to get back to Trinidad and explore a bit more!

Thomas Burns

Expedition Advisor

 

My name is Mhairi-Anne, I am a third year BSc zoology student looking forward to going to Trinidad! This will be my first expedition and I have never been so thrilled, I am enjoying the fieldwork we have been carrying out in our course fieldtrips and can’t wait to do more exciting work in Trinidad. I am especially looking forward working with amphibians and turtles. Trinidad is an excellent opportunity and I can’t wait to experience its wildlife and culture.
Hey Guys, My name is Kyle and I’m a new member to the team this year thus this is my first expedition to Trinidad. I am currently in my second year of my Marine and Freshwater honours degree at Glasgow University, hoping to make that an Msci at the end of the year! I am an animal enthusiast (as my degree might suggest), so going to Trinidad to work in conservation and see the vast amount of wildlife on offer has me extremely excited. I also can’t wait to experience the culture, food, music and people of such a beautiful island. I think this expedition will really open my eyes to the world of animal biology, specifically conservation, giving me valuable experience and an insight into possible work in the future.

Hannah Walkinshaw

Hey my names Hannah Walkinshaw I have just completed my final year of Marine and Freshwater Biology at the University of Glasgow. I am interested conservation work and hope to peruse a career in wildlife conservational biology (hopefully in the near future). The marine side of things would be my preferred area but I decided to mix things up a bit, focusing on the bat projects being carried out this summer. I am so excited to be involved in this year’s expedition and can’t wait to get some firsthand experience working with some of Trinidad’s amazing wildlife =D.

Jack Holt

My name is Jack Holt and I will be apart of the Turtle research team for the Trinidad expedition this year. This was my last year studying Marine and Freshwater Biology and I am particularly excited to be apart of the team to observe and conserve marine turtles found in Trinidad. I have had experience in marine turtle conservancy, partaking in a expedition last year which also included to work with schools and teach children of what our aim is. The Trinidad expedition will also be working with schools, which I am very excited to teach and learn from these local schools. I have a particular interest in photography and I can’t wait for the wildlife photo opportunities we may encounter in Trinidad. I am also enthusiastic and love sports, which I hope we can participate with the schools and locals during the expedition. This will be a fantastic experience for which I will make the most of and I am very proud to be apart of this team.

Katy Duff

Hi! My name is Katy; I’m 23 and have just finished the final year of my zoology degree. I’m really looking forward to going to Trinidad this year as it will be my first time carrying out field work in rainforest habitat. My main interests are in animal health and zoonotic disease. I have recently completed my honours project which aimed to identify nematode parasites in cetaceans and pinnipeds stranded around Scotland using molecular methods. Last year I was a member of the Cyprus Turtlewatch team which focussed on green and loggerhead sea turtle conservation. I currently volunteer in a zoo which houses a few rainforest species. It will be amazing to experience the huge diversity of the tropics in the flesh. This year in Trinidad, I am excited to be working with bats but also can’t wait to learn as much as possible about all rainforest fauna as this is a once in a lifetime trip!

Eleanor Gourevitch

My name is Ellie and I am a 19 year old, first year Zoology student at Glasgow university. I have been obsessed with animals since I visited Honduras when I was 16. In Trinidad I will be part of the Turtle team and I am so excited to work with the Leatherback turtles as well as helping out with the amphibian and bat research. This is such an exciting opportunity for me and I can’t wait for the expedition to begin!!

Lyndsay Christie

Hi! My name is Lyndsay, I’m 19 and have just finished second year of my Microbiology degree. I wanted to do something unique and exciting this summer and was so thrilled to be picked for the Trinidad expedition 2014. I have never done anything like this before but I think it will be a great experience -I can’t wait to get out there to work hard and to learn lots of new things. I am especially looking forward to the work I will be doing with the native amphibian species as well as the turtles and the bats. I am also really looking forward to experiencing a new culture and to be surrounded by the beautiful landscapes that make up Trinidad for 3 months.

Ruth Shepherd

I’m a 5th year Zoology student; last year I carried out a work placement as the Nutrition assistant at Chester Zoo for my MSci before coming back to complete my degree with my Honours year. I have always had a love for amphibians but this passion grew last year when I had the opportunity to do my masters project on black eyed tree frogs (Agalychnis moreletii). However I have only seen tropical frogs in a captivity so I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing and working with amphibians in their natural setting in Trinidad! If you hadn’t already guessed I shall be involveed mainly in the frog survey work but I also plan on doing a project sampling for chytrid (a fungal disease that is responsible for worldwide amphibian declines) to determine its prevalence in Trinidad. I feel extremely privileged and excited to be involved in an expedition thatconducts valuable scientific research and to have been given the opportunity to gain more experience working not just with frogs but also bats and turtles!

John McKenna

Hi, my name is John and I’m a first year Mechanical Engineering student and this is my first time with ExSoc. Rock climbing and mountaineering is what usually takes up most of my free time. I’m excited to be involved in this long term project in Trinidad and want to learn, contribute and experience as much as possible whilst I have this opportunity.