Uncharted Horizons

An Evening with National Geographic Explorers

CANOPY Menlo Park

5 | 15 | 24

5.30 pm – 7.30 pm

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Adventure through the world’s far-flung, hard-to-reach places with National Geographic Explorers at CANOPY.

Explorers are dedicated to teaching others about the world and how it works, empowering us as a community to make the Earth a better place. They are passionate scientists, researchers, and educators who study our planet’s diverse environments and ecosystems, from the high-altitude Alpine steppe to the depths of the oceans.

Let’s meet our esteemed adventurers ahead of this inspiring evening!

·      Katlin BowmanOceanographer

Katlin Bowman has spent nearly a year of her life studying mercury chemistry and plastic pollution at sea, spanning 12 expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. These voyages included ice floe sampling at the North Pole and seafloor exploration in the submersible Alvin.

·      Maia Dedrick, Archaeologist

Maia Dedrick is an anthropological archaeologist who studies food systems, particularly in Yucatán, Mexico. She uses archaeobotany or paleoethnobotany, a field involving the study of plant remains from archaeological sites, among other techniques, to conduct research in collaboration with local communities.

·      Rachel Engstrand, Conservation Biologist

Rachel Engstrand is a conservation biologist and amateur conservation photographer. She’s a fifth-year PhD student at Stanford University in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program of Environment and Resources and studies natural recovery following illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon.

·      Bill Gray, Ecologist & Economist

Bill Gray is an expert in distributed systems software and architecture and co-founded, which makes sensors for in-depth understanding of complex environments. These low-cost technologies gather real-time data from thousands of sensors to develop high-resolution pictures of local ecologies and use machine learning to find environmental patterns and predict problems.

·      Kathy Ho, Educator

Kathy Ho is a classroom teacher at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital School at Stanford in Palo Alto. She’s passionate about providing a stable learning environment for pediatric patients and strives to teach lessons with a global perspective, leveraging experiences such as her time in Svalbard, which straddles the Arctic Circle, to bring lessons to life.

·      Ravinder Sehgal, Disease Ecologist

Ravinder Sehgal is a professor in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University, where he teaches courses in parasitology and emerging infectious diseases. His research into the ecology of bird diseases took him to rainforests on the African continent, where he studied how deforestation affects the prevalence and diversity of avian malaria.