Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Rachel Boccamazzo

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2017 Fellows

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Travel Locations: Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Ecuador, Guatemala

Rachel is excited to step away from the familiar world of science to investigate the less tangible. She will use this journey to explore different cultural approaches to death and mortality, the immediate effects of climate change, and the role of scientific research in a global context. A lover of biology and conservation, she will also explore the natural spaces and abundant biodiversity of her destination countries: Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, Ecuador, and Guatemala. Rachel’s previous experience with solo travel in the U.S. has been extraordinarily formative, sometimes difficult, and amazingly rewarding. She is eager to find out how this journey will shape her outlook and her future.