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Paul Thomson is the Communications Officer at the African Wildlife Foundation and is charged with managing the website, production of publications, and maintaining the photo library. He began as an intern with AWF based in Kenya for a year, before moving to Washington DC where he currently lives. Besides AWF, Paul has worked at the Madrid Aquarium and at The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands outside San Francisco. He was born in New Zealand but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment. He has spent much time in the northern woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which undoubtedly played a strong role in his curiosity of the natural world. His parents, both of whom also work with conservation organizations, nurtured his interest in conservation. When not staring into a computer all day, Paul enjoys photography, travel, hikes in the woods, music, and sushi.