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While sheltering in place this summer I’ve been working remotely for the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Project. This has for the most part meant entering data from old field work scans, and most recently, identifying orangutan nests from photos of the rainforest. The photos were taken by drones as part of an AI project to train drones to recognize nests from the air. I decided to join the MCM program because of the multifaceted, solution-based approach to solving major global climate issues. While I am largely undecided as to my specific career goals, I hope to make the greatest positive impact possible. I am hoping to explore many aspects of global climate change this year and learn where my strengths and interests can be most useful. My previous experience with conservation medicine include interning with Florida Fish and Wildlife’s manatee conservation program, volunteering at several wildlife rescue centers, and study abroad in Tanzania and the Galapagos archipelago. I am interested in further exploring issues relating to human use of the ocean and ocean conservation, sustainable agriculture, and human wildlife conflict and resource allocation. I expect those to evolve as I move through the program. Apart from science and school, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, climbing, and hiking and pretty much any outdoor activity. I also played club ice hockey in college and volunteered on my school’s student-run EMS service. I also love trying new foods and exploring new areas. While I have no pets of my own yet, my parents have two little dogs: Gemma (a Lhasa Apso), and Chewy (a Pekinese/Tibetan Spaniel mix) and they are the best.