Shahbaz has a pledge to conservation centered in honoring and preserving bio-cultural diversity. His connection to nature is motivated by the pursuit of access to our collective natural heritages, discovering our common roots, striving for environmental justice, and advocating for restoration efforts at the intersection of people, nature, and the impending climate crisis.
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.
Shahbaz’s 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.
At West Multnomah SWCD, Shahbaz assists with GIS, database management, drone operations, and support for the District’s conservation efforts. Shahbaz also supervises Field Conservation Interns.
Contact Shahbaz about surveying and monitoring, sharing spatial data, program-specific mapping, and the Field Internship Program.