Luca Guadagno

Hometown: Summit, New Jersey
College: Tufts University

At Tufts University, I was a member of the varsity swim team and captain in my senior season.

Originally from Summit, New Jersey, I graduated from Tufts in 2017 with a dual degree in biology and environmental science. On campus, I was a member of the club water polo team, a leader for Tufts Wilderness Orientation and the swim team representative on Tufts SAAC (the Student Athlete Advisory Committee) where I led the sportsmanship and policy team for two years. On the swim team,  I was the record holder in the 400 IM, and I was twice voted to the NESCAC all-sportsmanship team and was a four-time Academic All-American. In the fall of 2015, I was fortunate to study abroad in Northern Tanzania where I collected data on wildlife and conducted research on climate change and conservation. My semester there sparked a love for wildlife conservation research. In the spring of 2017, I was selected for the Lily Glidden Award, and I used the funds to return to East Africa last fall to research human elephant conflict in Kenya. In my spare time, I love to host potluck dinners, swim in Walden Pond and laugh with friends.

As a student, I participated in Overland’s Field Studies Ecuador & Galápagos; it fostered my love of backpacking and the outdoors. In 2014, I led Berkshire Adventure; in 2015, I led North Country Adventure; in 2017, I led European Explorer; and in 2018, I led the Alpine Challenge. Overland gives students amazing opportunities to grow and develop while having fun and experiencing the great outdoors. I love leading for Overland!