Gregg Treinish

Gregg Treinish and his team at Adventure Scientists bring us stories from around the world about adventuring with purpose. In February of 2014, a remotely triggered camera in Utah’s rugged Uinta mountains captured a picture of something no one thought possible in the area: a wolverine. Adventure Scientists teamed up with ultra running volunteers and filmmaker Danny Schmidt…

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My organization, Adventure Scientists, enlists the help of adventurers around the world to collect water samples for our Global Microplastics Initiative. This May, Microplastic Adventure Scientists Gerrit Egnew and Kirra Paulus embarked on a month-long expedition to sample and paddle 30 rivers in 30 days. Their resulting video and story are a call to action…

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The Our Shores team is a trio of ultra runners circumnavigating the entire shoreline of Lake Superior this summer. During the journey, the three Northland College graduates will be sharing stories from coastal communities and collecting data for the Global Microplastics Initiative to gain a better understanding the Lake, both socially and scientifically. Read below their final…

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Adventure Scientists for the Global Microplastics Initiative reach the most remote corners of the globe to help us understand the extent of plastic pollution worldwide. Collecting freshwater samples will provide critical data that can identify sources of microplastics in order to eliminate their introduction into the world’s water supply. Christian Shaw and Céline Jennsion of Plastic Tides are long-time ASC adventurers and…

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The Adventure Scientists’ Landmark project provides year-round wildlife data to the American Prairie Reserve through direct observation and remote camera trap footage. Crew members come from many backgrounds, often with many creative talents. Sydney Toni of the January/February 2016 crew was struck by the way experiential and experimental information are intertwined on the Landmark project. Discover below how her time as a volunteer allowed her to…

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Nearly 60 outdoor enthusiasts from southwest Montana come together four times a year to study, enjoy, and protect the Gallatin River as it washes the mountains down to the Missouri. These volunteers visit assigned locations within the Gallatin watershed, collecting water samples to be analyzed for presence and quantity of microplastics—minuscule pieces that scratch, flake,…

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  My organization Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has teamed up with fellow National Geographic adventurer Mike Libecki on two new projects. A world-class climber, Mike collected samples for the ASC Scat project and documented polar bear sightings for a pilot project on his latest expedition. Here is Mike’s story about completing the first ascent of Polar Bear…

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Our Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Landmark crew members come from many backgrounds, often with many creative talents. Dove Henry of the September/October 2015 crew channeled her experience on the prairie through the written word. Read Dove’s musings below about what the land stirred in her, and what it can awaken in all of us. During the drive to the reserve…

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In late 2014, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation partnered with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, a fleet of sailboats that makes an annual crossing of the Atlantic. In total, 93 of the 251 boats gathered water samples for our Global Microplastics Initiative, contributing 521 samples to ASC’s dataset and covering an estimated 602,000-square-nautical-mile area.   The following graphic helps…

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Over the past eight months, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation alpinist Graham Zimmerman has been to New Zealand, Pakistan, Kenya and China for both work and play. During his travels, he’s tirelessly gathered data for ASC Microplastics and ASC Snow and Ice in new remote places, braving the depths of a crevasse and the heat of east…

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This summer, Erica Prather and Andy Davidson, naturalist guides in Juneau, Alaska, decided that the Tongass National Forest—a coastal temperate rainforest which boasts one of the highest biomass productions in the world—would be an ideal spot to focus on freshwater microplastic studies for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. The Tongass National Forest is the largest…

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