The team

The international expedition team is made up of graduates from Imperial College London. Within the team there are Biologists, Engineers, Maths and Computing and Bio-medical Engineering graduates. 

Rowan Dixon

Expedition Lead

2016-20: MEng Design Engineering (Imperial College London)

Rowan has a passion for conservation and expeditions. He has head numerous expeditions, most resently one through northern West Africa in 2019. He has focused many of his projects at university on sustanibility and reducing plastic waste. 

www.rowandixon.com

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/rowan-dixon

Romain de Spoelberch

Database Lead

2016-20: MEng Mathematics and Computer Science

(Imperial College London)

Romain is an experience explorer and data scientist. He also is a regular contributor to the Imperial newspaper, Feix, and has climbed in remote parts of the world such as Patagonia

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/romain-de-spoelberch-a88127172

Oliver Hoare

Research Lead

2016-20: MEng Design Engineering (Imperial College London)

Oliver has experience in researching and designing around the plastic pollution crisis. He has also worked as an engineer designing systems to be used in rural Africa, and focused his final dissertation on reducing plastic waste.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/oliver-hoare-941660145

Samuel Martin

Researcher

2016-20: MEng Biomedical Engineering

(Imperial College London)

Samuel is an experienced Biomedical researcher and programmer. He has helped create computer models in the field of Computer Vision. Outside of the lab he spends his time climbing and volunteering at local charities.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/samuelmartinfrias

Varalika Jain

Biology Lead 

2016-19: BSc Biology

(Imperial College London)

2020-21: MSc Conservation Biology (University of Cape Town) 

Varalika is an experienced field biologist and avid mountaineer. She spent 6 months conducting fieldwork for the Echo Parakeet Conservation Project, Mauritius and was part of the 2019 Imperial expedition to Bolivia.

Charlie Douglas-Hamilton

Media Coordinator

2018: Story to Screen

(Met Film School, Berlin)

2017-18: Arts

(University of British Columbia)

For the past 2 years Charlie has been working for NBC Global, and has lead the production of film shoots in Berlin and assisted with production of 3 other films in the UK. He is now focusing on creating content in extreme environments by utilising his experience of climbing and remote travel.