National Geographic Explorer Fellow. @PopTech Fellow. Conservation Technologist @conservify & @fieldkitorg. Former Spacecraft Propulsion Engineer.
The Canadian Rockies pierces through a sea of clouds on an early morning helicopter flight.
Oktoberfesting on the birthday.
This is Metro Gold Line here in Los Angeles late last night. I've started riding this more since I've been commuting without a car. It's not convenient and takes two transfers to get into my lab (which is why I commute by bicycle mostly). I've struggled with Los Angeles' poor public transit system ever since first moving here. First time I tried to live out here car-less was 2011 and I lasted 8 months before giving up. I suspect this time will be even shorter (especially now since I have a family).
I love the traditional "Martian" representation: big dark eyes, green skin, massive cranium. This is another gem found at that undisclosed space junkyard in Los Angeles.
Robots are cool.
A large Praying Mantis (Stagmomantis limbata) climbs on some Madagascar jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) in our backyard. This beautiful insect stuck around our yard for a few days, allowing us a lot of time to observe and photograph it.
When in Belize, we had the opportunity to work alongside @MarAlliance on monitoring sharks and rays in the barrier reef. They are a phenomenal organization working to better understand and protect the species in that ecosystem. This was taken during biodiversity surveys where we were sizing and imaging the rays in the area, like this Southern Stingray.
The Bow River carves through the Canadian Rockies alongside the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. This was taken in one of the most beautiful helicopter flights I've been on, courtesy of @alpinehelicopters
So much love for this little nugget.
Conservation technology at the @conservify lab was the focus of @busywandering's 9th grade class today. STEM is a huge part of the work we do, so the next generation of students can help solve some of the problems we've created. Conservation needs all the help it can get! See the interactive tour of (an earlier and much less cluttered) lab here: http://shahsel.be/thinglinkplan
In north Los Angeles, there is a quiet little junkyard that is filled with genuine parts and equipment from the rich history of the space industry in Southern California since the 1960s. It is quite a remarkable collection that harkens back to the heyday of Howard Hughes, Jack Parson, Frank Malina, Jack Northrup, Donald Douglas, Simon Ramo, Dean Wooldridge, Harold Rosen, and all the other engineers that redefined air and space travel. Basically, it is a toy store for someone like me.