Declan has always had a love of wildlife and the outdoors. His first experience of expedition life was in Indonesia in 2009 with Operation Wallacea and after this he knew that he wanted to get more involved in research and expeditions as a whole. 2010 saw him take part in another expedition to the Peruvian Amazon where he completed his dissertation research on caiman. After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in Wildlife Conservation in 2011 he spent a year travelling around South America and working for a number of conservation research organisations. This furthered his interest in research and resulted in a return to the University of Kent to undertake a research Masters in Biodiversity Management. 2014 brought him back to work with Operation Wallacea in the Honduras forest site as a Camp Manager before joining Opwall full time team in 2015. It seems fitting for him to now lead and plan expeditions with the organisation which first inspired his passion for expedition life! When he is not on expedition he spends his weekends fuelling an addiction to a variety of different running events ranging from obstacle races to marathons.