Shahbaz is determined to explore our collective natural heritages and common roots, and advocate for restoration efforts at the intersection of people and nature through climate justice. His experience includes research in both the genomic ecology of global change in agriculture and mapping succession trends in old-growth forests. More recently, he has gained valuable experience through the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Climate, Health and Housing Institute Fellowship and working hands-on as a Forestry/Restoration Technician at Mosaic Ecology. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BSc. in Integrative Biology and a focus in Plant Biology/Ecology. He is also a candidate to receive the Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial UAS Specialist certifications at Portland Community College.