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Eleanor Drinkwater

Master's student graduate, Division of Biosciences, University College London.


Eleanor became a field biologist by accident. As a nonconformist cellular biologist, she decided to lead an expedition to the Peruvian Amazon. Since then she has worked on jewel scarabs in the Honduran cloud forest, written the National Shark Plan of Bermuda and investigated passerine social structure. Her interests include organismal adaptation and wildlife management. She is leading her next expedition to a nameless mountain in the heart of Madagascar.

Talk summary:

Having camped in a palm viper breeding ground, been chased by cows through a Peruvian river system, and regularly savaged by "harmless" invertebrates, Eleanor has discovered that the tropics can be a little unpredictable. In this talk, she will cover the practicalities of setting up your first biological expedition, how (not) to conduct a transect in the field, as well as how the shark fishers of Bermuda made her rethink conservation. She will share her passion for the unexplored corners of the world while providing practical expedition advice on common problems, including how to persuade your guide not to bring his hunting dogs on transect, or what to do if the research assistants accidentally eat your bait.

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