Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011 with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration. The nonprofit organization equips partners with data collected from the outdoors that are crucial to addressing environmental and
human health challenges. The Vision of Adventure Scientists is that by scaling data collection, the ability to unlock solutions to environmental issues is only limited by the ability to ask the right questions.
Data collection can be expensive, time consuming, and physically demanding, which limits the role that science currently plays in the conservation process. Adventure Scientists tackles this problem by providing their partners with reliable and otherwise unobtainable data. By recruiting, training and managing individuals with strong outdoor skills—such as mountaineering, diving or whitewater kayaking—they bring back hard-to-obtain data from the far corners of the globe. The Adventure Scientists’ combination of constituency, visibility and data is a vital conservation and scientific accelerator around the world. One of the goals of Adventure Scientists is to serve as an invaluable connection between the conservation and outdoor communities and Gregg embodies this.
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. He was included on the Christian Science Monitor’s 30 under 30 list in 2012, and the following year became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, he was named a Backpacker magazine “hero”, in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men’s Journal’s “50 Most Adventurous Men.” In 2017, he was named an Ashoka Fellow. Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from University of Colorado Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004.