Global Perspectives Guest Speaker
With a passion for both scientific discovery and exploration, Gregg founded Adventure Scientists in 2011. Adventure Scientists is a nonprofit organization that helps scientists get the data they need to solve environmental and human-health challenges. By leveraging the skills of the outdoor-adventure community, the organization helps gather difficult-to-obtain data at any scale, in any environment. Adventure Scientists has sent thousands of volunteers on missions to collect data for their conservation partners. These partnerships have led to the discovery of more than three dozen new species, provided information key to guiding climate change decision-making, and helped protect threatened wildlife habitats around the world.
Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He through-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004, and National Geographic named him an Adventurer of the Year in 2008 when he and a friend completed the first 7,800-mile trek along the spine of the Andes. He was included on The Christian Science Monitor’s 30 Under 30 list in 2012, and the following year, he became a National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work with Adventure Scientists. In 2013, Gregg was named a Backpacker magazine “hero,” and 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 and in 2018, one of the Grist 50 “Fixers.”
The LEX-NG Fund awarded Adventure Scientists, under the direction of Gregg, a grant in 2015 for the Turning Off the Faucet of Microplastics Pollution project, which gathered the world’s largest collection of water samples and continues to inform decision-making and influence policy around the world.
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