Meet the team

A bit about us…

Natasha Howard

Natasha was an Olympic rower for Great Britain competing in the women’s 8+ for five years and at the Beijing Olympics. She enjoys all sports and being outdoors. In 2014 she cycled back towards the UK from China for three months travelling through China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia. A certified swim and rowing coach, First Aider and beach life guard. Natasha has extensive experience living, travelling and working abroad having grown up in Zambia, Namibia and Hong Kong then working in the Maldives and China. She is a certified SCUBA diver and completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. More recently, she spent three months in the Eastern Rainforest Mountains of Madagascar conducting research for her MSc thesis.


Lucy Archer

Lucy is a PhD student on the London NERC DTP, based at the Institute of Zoology, London. Her current research is based in the Philippines, working on the Endangered Philippine pangolin.

Whilst not Olympic standard, Lucy’s second love is sport. A keen runner, Lucy has competed in marathons, completed the Boston Long Distance Rowing Race and is a regular hiker; summits include Mt. Kinabalu in Borneo, Mount Mantalinghan in the Philippines and Dead Woman’s pass in Peru. Lucy will travel far and wide in search of wildlife and has worked with turtles in Cape Verde, barn owls in Hungary, wading birds in Peru and pangolins in the Philippines.

Having travelled and worked in South-East Asia, it didn’t take Lucy long to fall in love with the region, its people and its wildlife. So as soon as she heard of the Imperial college expedition fund, she immediately knew the expedition that needed to take place. The Mekong + bikes + wildlife = what could possibly be better? Throw in an Olympian in to the mix and the “Meandering the Mekong” expedition was born….

…..albeit at a faster pace than Lucy might have initially anticipated.

Both Natasha and Lucy have an MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London.