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Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011, to equip partners with data collected from the outdoors that are crucial to unlocking solutions to the world's environmental challenges. Today, the Bozeman, Montana-based organization has sent thousands of volunteers on missions to collect data from remote, difficult-to-access locations for our conservation partners. These partnerships have led to the discovery of more than three dozen new species, provided key information to guide climate change decision-making, and helped protect threatened wildlife habitat around the world.

National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year in 2008, when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes Mountain Range. In 2013, he became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. Gregg has a biology degree from Montana State University, a sociology degree from CU-Boulder, and has led expeditions to six continents.

Here, Gregg, his team and volunteers share stories from Adventure Scientists' work.

A Global Sailing Co-op

Kristian Beadle of Green Coconut Run describes his experience sailing along the Pacific Coast on a 42-foot trimaran and collecting microplastic samples for Adventure Scientists’ Global Microplastics Initiative.

The Mystery of the Blue Microplastic Fiber

In October 2016, mountaineer and Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre led a climbing expedition on Langju Himal (20,885ft), deep in the heart of the Himalayas. The Nepalese government recently opened up the sacred region to climbing, so the team explored an area completely untouched by people. Vertical Nepal used this opportunity to gather freshwater samples for Adventure Scientists’ Global Microplastics Initiative. Astonishingly, a sample taken at the foot of the Langju Glacier (which no person had ever set foot on), contained one blue microplastic fiber.

A Dad-and-Daughter Expedition to Nepal

Mike Libecki wants to complete 100 expeditions by the time he’s 100 years old. He also strives to be the best father on the planet. And for the creative and passionate father, the two goals are not mutually exclusive.

Surfing Remote Waves in Madagascar

When we surf we try to capture the context of the waves, their identity. The human and cultural elements give us part of the story, and collecting water samples for the Global Microplastics Initiative helps us fill in the physical side. I can’t save the world, but I can help, and I do that by collecting samples for Adventure Scientists.

Big Cats on Camera

Volunteer crews with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation have captured mountain lions, ocelots and bobcats on camera traps, and found sign of lynx and snow leopard.

Microplastics in the Largest Wilderness on Earth

Adventure Scientist Annette Bombosch describes her experience as an expedition guide in Antarctica and why she collects microplastic samples for Adventure Scientists’ Worldwide Microplastics Initiative.

The Five Voices of Lake Superior

Our Shores was a self-supported ultrarunning expedition undertaken that took 86 days to run a total of 1,352 miles around Lake Superior, the world’s largest body of freshwater, collecting water samples for Adventure Scientists and the stories of people they met along the way.

A Firsthand Account of Indonesian Plastic Pollution

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.

Putting D.C.’s Wastewater Treatment to the Microplastics Test

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.

Ultrarunners Tracking Wolverines in Utah’s Uinta Mountains

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.

Art Amidst Disaster: Welcome to Microplastic Beach

“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

30 Days, 30 Rivers: A Kayaker’s Quest for Adventure & Science

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?

Running for the Love of the Lake

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.

Searching for the Pure Life in Paradise

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”?

Plastics Found in One of Hawaii’s Most Remote Streams

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…