Gregg Treinish

My organization Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation partnered with Nat Geo powerhouse Pristine Seas this year to expand our microplastics research below the ocean surface. Here, ASC’s Emily Stifler Wolfe talks more about the partnership, and our surprising initial results.  Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has found microplastics pollution in nearly every liter of ocean surface...

The field of citizen science has just been elevated in a dramatic way. In a September 30 forum on citizen science, The White House released a memo on crowdsourcing and citizen science and a toolkit designed to help agencies build, manage and gain value from citizen science projects. Included in the memo are mandates for...

At Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, we work with high-level athletes and researchers who not only travel the world but also work to protect it at the same time. Biologist Lesley de Souza is one of these adventurers. On a recent trip to Guyana, where she studies migration patterns of giant arapaima fish, she collected water samples for...

Jaclyn Johnston, fellow adventurer, and producer and cofounder of Ship-to-Shore Productions, sailed along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan this summer, more than 300 miles from Mackinac Island to Chicago. During that journey, she collected water samples to help our team at Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation as we work toward compiling the world’s largest microplastics dataset. This short...

At Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, we are lucky to work with elite athletes doing incredible adventures around the world. Distance runner Pavel Cenkl is one such athlete. This summer, during his run across Iceland, he gathered samples for the ASC Microplastics Project. Here’s Pavel’s story: If you trace Iceland’s south coast along the Atlantic Ocean...

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has 30 camera traps set up in the High Uintas Wilderness this summer, and we’ve captured some amazing footage of bears, moose, bobcat, marten and others living in this beautiful corner of northeastern Utah. Our volunteer teams of backpacker and trail runners are in charge of maintaining these research stations, hiking up to...

  Ian Bolliger, Peter McCarthy and Dave and Hollie Leonard flew into Kahilta Base camp this spring aiming to summit Denali and ski either the Orient Express or Messner Couloir. Three of them summited the 20,237-foot peak, the highest in North American, and together, the team managed to gather snow samples from 17,000 feet for...

The Green Coconut Run is an expedition run by a cooperative of ecologists and adventure lovers. These reef-hugging divers, surfer pirates, and sailors will be collecting samples for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation’s Microplastics project as they sail along Central America. Below, crew member Ryan Smith introduces the endeavor and its origins and shares his passion for ocean waters. By Ryan...

I recently had the honor of attending the National Geographic Explorers Symposium. While there, I spoke about the emerging environmental issue of microplastic pollution. Tiny, invisible microplastic particles enter the Earth’s waterways straight from our washing machines. Thousands of synthetic particles can be released from washing a single polyester fleece jacket. All clothing items—including cotton and wool—shed micro-fibers when washed,...

Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation has amassed an incredible and diverse group of adventurers for our Microplastics project. Below, ASC’s own Emily Stifler Wolfe tells the story of two daring women who are headed to Kamchatka to dive—and collect samples—where no two have gone before. Grimaldi and Vagaska sent in these videos and photos from their training...

  By Kt Miller, ASC Microplastics Adventurer As Mose drove, I could see a large stream running along the side of the road on the way to the airport in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. “When you see a good spot, can we pull over and get another water sample from that stream?” I asked. “Yeah,...

Meet Julie Hotz. This summer she’ll be thru-hiking the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, which runs from Glacier National Park, Montana, to Cape Alva, on Washington’s Olympic Coast. To get to the trailhead in Glacier, she’s walked out her front door in Los Angeles, climbed aboard her bike, and begun pedaling.  Recently, she sent...

By Dylan Jones, ASC Microplastics Adventurer The morning sun dances off the glassy ripples lapping against my kayak. I dip a sampling bottle under the crystalline surface one, two, three times, the displaced bubbles rising as I rinse it with seawater. I gaze at the vibrant reef meters below the turquoise waters of Thailand’s Andaman Sea....

As we launch our newest project in the Uinta Mountains of Utah and Wyoming, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation media coordinator Grace Kay Matelich reports on the elusiveness of the lynx and wolverine in the contiguous United States, their historic range, and habitat connectivity. Our planet is home to more than 7 billion people. We often...

By John Seaton Callahan, ASC Microplastics Adventurer Papua Province on the island of New Guinea is a wild and remote area. Poor infrastructure and the simmering conflict between native Papuan and the Indonesian government have restricted development. While exploring the coastline, our surfEXPLORE team met a cross-section of local residents, including tribal people with little involvement with...