Originally published moments ago at my public blog
Big Horned Sheep March 17th, 2020
Over the past few months I have been actively working to take time off the grid to focus on the "real world." I work on a small part of the Machine that tracks the deaths and births of different species and calculates the sum totals of animals for each herd. In 2013 I finally received funding to track the actual numbers of several animals living in the wild, over time the project grew. I am now tracking the majority of endangered animals in North America. I have colleagues on every continent, working to understand how to track large populations of wild creatures.
I recently turned 45, and have spent the past weeks since my birthday confronted with the strange paradox of my life. I actively work everyday to maintain and preserve wildlife, but spend the majority of my days in the Machine. Despite having the opportunity to do some travel my life is basically played out pieces of information I share online. It's a tension that I tend to accept, it allows me to do valuable work.
Presently I am tracking these gorgeous little Big Horned Sheep.
The data from my project helps scientists and policy makers make better decisions about preserving the environment. I am a data cruncher. I build data visualizations that help people see different variables effecting populations.
When Alchemy calls me to help with the Tokyo food crisis, I'm ready with various data visualization tools and communications strategies that will help everyone understand what is happening. I will also have a massive library of adorable baby animal pictures, but I'm not sure how they can be used.