Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as director of neurological surgery for the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery, and consultant for SI-Joint, St. Jude Medical, and Nuvasive. Beyond helping others through his profession, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports National Geographic.
The National Geographic Society, a educational and scientific organization, supports hundreds of exploration, research, conservation, and educational projects throughout the world, including BioBlitz.
Hosted throughout the United States at more than 250 schools and other natural areas, BioBlitz events challenge participants of all ages to find and identify plants, fungi, animals, and other organisms within a specific area. Teachers, families, scientists, students, and community members work together to search out and count species.
During BioBlitz, participants are taken on an informative tour of their area, led by scientists and highlighting nearby natural attractions. Teams are then tasked with taking and uploading photos of different species on iNaturalist, allowing them to record observations and receive help with species identification. They also help create a comprehensive species inventory of their area.