If you’re a scientists hurting for data or an adventurer itching to help change the world, look no further. Gregg Treinish, an explorer affiliated with National Geographic, has founded a match-making non-profit to bring conservationists and adventurers together.
Initially just an adventurer, Treinish pursued a degree in biology after hiking 7,800 miles in the Andes. The fieldwork that accompanied his scholarly work fulfilled and inspired him. His new desire to mesh exploration and scientific discovery resulted in his brainchild, Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation. Globe-trotting adventurers help scientists with data collection in places that scientists are unable to reach.
Treinish is working to solve a problem many scientists face: lack of funds to travel to remote corners of the world. Now, adventurers who can get out there enjoy themselves while working for the greater good. Note: at ASC, the term “adventurer” is not limited to extreme athletes. ASC has worked with veterans, teachers, students, and even vacationing families.
Past ASC projects have included discovering the highest-altitude plant species on Earth on Mount Everest and two diatom species in Montana, helping scientists understand how grizzly bears traverse protected areas, and collecting ice worms from glaciers to better understand how organisms survive in such intense environments.
Treinish himself recently led an expedition to Mongolia where he collected data on over 20 species of animals. His team even uncovered snow leopard tracks in an area where snow leopards were thought to be locally extinct. ASC proves that exploration can only be enhanced by simultaneously working to make a difference.