Experience and Background


Philip B. Russell, Ph.D.

Phil is an atmospheric scientist retired from NASA’s Ames Research Center, Mt. View CA where he held successive positions as Chief, Atmospheric Experiments Branch; Acting Chief and Deputy Chief, Earth System Science Division; Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch; and Leader, NASA Ames Sunphotometer-Satellite (SunSat) Group. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications on measurements and models of atmospheric aerosol and cloud particles and gases, including their effects on Earth’s energy budget and climate. He led the development of the SunSat Group’s signature instruments, which have been used extensively to validate and extend satellite measurements in airborne missions over Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the surrounding oceans.

He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service medal for his climate research and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (for “pioneering work and scientific leadership in the measurement of aerosol properties and the effects of haze on the Earth’s energy budget and climate”) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (for “pioneering contributions to and sustained leadership of the measurement of aerosol radiative effects”).

He received a PhD and MS in Physics and an MS in Management, all from Stanford University, and a BA in Physics from Wesleyan University. 


Gary Latshaw, Ph.D.

Gary is a retired college professor from San Jose City College (San Jose, CA) and Foothill College (Los Altos, CA). Prior to his college professor career, he was an Environmental Consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and managed the environmental impact report of a major bridge replacement – the Dumbarton Bridge. Other environmental analyses were done for the Lehigh Cement Plant in Cupertino, CA. He did work Nationally and managed the Environmental Impact Air Quality Report on the New York Convention Center in 1973. The project involved multiple measurements of wind flow, and carbon monoxide levels in the street canyons of Manhattan. The project resulted in a model that the New York EPA could use in other circumstance. In 1973, He advised on a report for the National Academies of Science on the Air Quality Impacts from Highways. He participated in a wide variety of remote sensing studies for both military and agricultural applications. He is an active participant in many environmental groups – chiefly concerned with climate change. He was among the first groups trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to provide public lectures on climate change. He has presented at high schools, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and other groups. In 2000 he became a college professor at San Jose City College and Foothill college. He is an active participant in the Sierra Club, BayArea350.org, Bay Area for Clean Environment, and other local groups.

He received a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Physics from University of California, Berkeley.

Stanley R. Farkas, PhD

Stan is a retired project manager and biologist from NASA Ames Research Center, Mt. View CA. He led biological flight projects for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station and was a team member of the Ground Operations Organization for the International Space Station Biological Centrifuge Facility Project. He was the Project Study Manager for planning for the ground processing facility for the early Mars Sample Return Mission and was the Ames Research Center Lead for planning for both the Constellation Program for the International Space Station Office and the Orbital Space Plane Program. He led projects on space vehicle thermal protection systems and worked in program management for the Aeronautics Projects Office. 

He has studied ice-age climatology for the past 15 years and is now focused on the current and future impact of climate change, giving presentations to organizations on the subject.

He received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California at Riverside, an M.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Colorado State University.