Dr. Natalie Swan – Conservation Project Manager for Latin America
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Natalie works to introduce DNA-based methods to clients and represents NatureMetrics in Latin America, Europe and beyond, establishing key partnerships and strong networks with public and private-sector and NGO stakeholders. Natalie is actively involved in developing opportunities in these regions, including running workshops for stakeholders and providing training on how DNA-based tools can be integrated into biodiversity monitoring strategies.


Dual-PhD in Environmental Science from Lancaster University in the UK and Federal University of Lavras in Brazil. MRes in Conservation Management and a BSc in Biodiversity Conservation & Management, from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent.

Significant Collaborations

Natalie brings over a decade of experience in conservation research, biodiversity monitoring and project management, with a notable focus in Latin America. As a lead biologist and expedition team leader for FundAmazonia, she has collaborated with organisations and institutions such as Operation Wallacea, DICE and Earthwatch, even lending her experience as a caiman specialist to the BBC’s Natural History Unit for their series The Dark: Nature’s Nighttime World. Passionate about engaging and mentoring others through experiential learning, Natalie has assisted with field courses in Brazil with Lancaster University and led conservation-focussed educational trips to Peru with Flooglebinder (a UK BCorp adventure company). As the Research Coordinator for Crees Foundation, Natalie managed a team of biologists and volunteers in an educational field research station, carrying out long-term biodiversity monitoring in a regenerating forest in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Back in the UK she has also worked as a marine ecologist for environmental impact assessment within the nuclear industry, focussing on fish impingement in cooling water intake structures.


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