Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
With a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration, Gregg founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation in 2011, a nonprofit organization connecting outdoor adventurers with scientists in need of data from the field. The ASC’s goal is to build a bridge between the scientific and outdoor communities. Adventure athletes contact the organization and volunteer to collect data on their travels. ASC matches them with researchers who need help getting expensive, time-consuming, hard-to-reach information. More than a hundred scientific organizations and a thousand adventurers have already participated. Gregg also organizes his own expeditions, contributing to research on wildlife-human interaction, fragmented habitats, and threatened species.
In 2008, National Geographic named Gregg Adventurer of the Year when he and a friend completed a 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes mountain range. He was included as one of Christian Science Monitor's 30 Under 30 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," and in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men." The LEX-NG Fund awarded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, under the direction of Gregg, a grant in fall 2015 for the project “Turning Off the Faucet of Microplastics Pollution.” Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004.
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