Brought up in the rural midlands of Ireland, Luke started out with a deep-rooted appreciation of the environment, not to mention an awareness of the impacts of humans upon it. A keen traveller, he has driven down through the North West Sahara, ridden across Argentina and descended the headwaters of the Amazon River by balsa raft. Luke is always on the lookout for a new adventure off the beaten track and his next goal is to sail in the high latitudes, as part of research projects in oceanography and glaciology.