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Our first MCM’18 student to introduce is Gaia Bonini, “After receiving an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Florida, I moved out of the newsroom and into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where I worked for three years managing elephant conservation projects in Thailand and Laos. From there, I moved on to manage wildlife conservation education projects in nine countries around the world before taking to yurt life on the wild Mongolian steppe. Back in civilization, and just prior to starting an MCM at the Cummings School, I was working with IFAW’s Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Unit on Cape Cod, responding to stranded seals, dolphins and whales, performing necropsies on those that didn’t make it, and learning (sort of) the art of hitching boat trailers. I hope to take what I learn in the MCM program to continue my work in elephant and marine mammal conservation. Aside from working with wildlife, I enjoy travel, dancing, yoga and Manhattans.”