VOICES Ideas and Insight From Explorers
Adventure Scientists’ Microplastics Principal Investigator Abby Barrows gives her firsthand account from her voyage from Bali to Komodo on an Oceanic Society Expedition to explore the impact of plastic pollution in that region.
Three Georgetown University students collect water samples we wanted to see how well the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the world filters out microplastics.
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 to search for more evidence and share the incredible story.
“No amount of studies I’d read could prepare me for landing on a beach with no other humans in sight and cleaning up kilo after kilo of waste, so much of it miniscule.”—Maya Weeks
There is such vivid, exultant energy in the kayaking community; how can it be directed to tangible issues? Kayakers are driven to explore, travel, and experience new rivers, but what do we do to help conserve them?
Costa Rica is one of the world’s most eco-conscious countries, but it still has issues to deal with. How well can it live up to its motto of supporting a “Pura Vida”?
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…
Standing in the lee of some hills as other more industrious crew members retrieve data from a wildlife trapping camera, I wonder if the coyotes are howling today for the pronghorn that ducked under the fence not a few miles back. This hole in my knowledge—why do coyotes howl and for whom?—tugs a little at my anxious heart.
Photographer Louise Johns joined volunteers in the field to document what it means to be a part of the ASC Gallatin Microplastics project through the winter.
Beautiful footage of ASC trail runners looking for wolverines in the Utah backcountry.
It was close to 1 a.m., and the midnight sun was hiding behind the massive mountains surrounding the Libecki brothers. Before dropping them off, the captain sailed back and forth looking for polar bears. The last time Mike was here, 11 polar bears were seen in the area. Today the coast looked clear so Mike and Andy stepped onto shore.
There are elements of our human selves that are just as mysterious and unpredictable as the wilderness; elements that have remained unchanged, tethering us to the world we came from. At our core, we are still wild, too.
When 93 boats crossing the Atlantic take water samples all along the way, a clearer picture of the ocean emerges.
Not only has ASC alpinist Graham Zimmerman established first ascents in the Himalaya this year, he’s also committed his time and energy to conservation.