Nicholas 'Rusty' Rustigian
Microplastics Analysis Assistant
Operations & Development Manager
Project Development Coordinator
Microplastics Project Manager
Landmark Program Manager
Microplastics Principal Investigator
Gregg Treinish, Founder/Executive Director
Gregg Treinish founded Adventure Scientists in 2011, with a strong passion for both scientific discovery and exploration.
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," and in 2015, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur and one of Men's Journal's "50 Most Adventurous Men."
Gregg holds a biology degree from Montana State University and a sociology degree from CU-Boulder. He thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004.
Contact Gregg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.624.3320 ext. 700.
Mike Quist Kautz, Program Director
Mike Quist Kautz grew up in Maine among the foothills of the White Mountains. After earning a degree in Environmental Science from Middlebury College, he managed the Appalachian Mountain Club’s backcountry hut system in New Hampshire, and then went on to get a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.
Believing time spent outside is essential to stewardship, Mike's focus is the intersection of recreation and conservation. Prior to Adventure Scientists, he worked as the Operations Manager for the Yellowstone Association in Yellowstone National Park.
Mike also has a background in education. He spent a year teaching English in Turkey on a Fulbright grant, and now leads international photography workshops for National Geographic Student Expeditions. Mike loves to ski, climb mountains, ride motorcycles and learn new languages.
Contact Mike at email@example.com or 406.624.3320 ext. 701.
Barbara Friedsam, Director of Corporate Partnerships
Barbara Friedsam was born in California, raised on the east coast, and has moved from big cities like Milan and New York to big mountains like the Tetons and the Sierra. She has an M.S. in Geography from University of Nevada, Reno and a B.A. in Sociology from University of Wisconsin, Madison.
As Director of Brand and Marketing at 1% for the Planet, Barbara was a key member of the leadership team working to engage businesses and individuals to be a part of the environmental solution and helped create and nurture key brand-aligned, strategic relationships. Prior to that, she spent her career working with many businesses on branding, marketing, partnerships and interactive experiences ranging from Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to Nike to Seventh Generation.
Barbara currently resides in the great state of Vermont. When she's not working, she can be found outside doing something fun, most likely with her dog, Blue.
Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.624.3320 ext. 702.
Victoria Ortiz, Marketing Manager
Victoria “V” Ortiz hails from Los Angeles, where she began a lifetime love affair with the outdoors, and burritos. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A in Geography and Environmental Studies she evolved from an outdoor guide and environmental educator to a communications specialist.
Victoria believes that one of the most important ways to promote our planet’s long-term environmental well being is through targeted and effective outreach to businesses, the public, and policy-makers, and collaboration with like-minded entities. She has pursued this mission as a bilingual guide for an academic trek in rural Costa Rica, as the AmeriCorps member for a land trust in rural California, and as the communications liaison for a government agency in Lake Tahoe.
Prior to joining Adventure Scientists she hitchhiked through Cuba and Central America, bike toured 1800 miles of the U.S. Pacific Coast, lived out of a small pickup truck while meandering through North American national parks, and spent six months discovering why everyone wants to move to New Zealand. She is excited to explore a new playground and have regular access to showers.
Contact Victoria at email@example.com or 406.624.3320 ext. 708.
Merrill Warren, Operations and Development Manager
Merrill Warren grew up near Auburn, California, playing in the Sierra Nevada and the American River Canyon. Her adventures have since taken her around the world.
Merrill graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012, with a B.A. in Anthropology. She has since worked as a horse packer in the Sierra, a dog handler on the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, and as an intern for the US Forest Service Range Department, in Gunnison, Colorado.
In her spare time, Merrill works with clean water initiatives in Zambia through International Peace Projects, and serves as a board member for two environmental nonprofits, The Kensington Conservancy and RRAFT. A two-time NOLS graduate and a Wilderness EMT, Merrill loves to ski, ride horses, do yoga and play outside.
Contact Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.624.3320 ext. 705.
Colleen Ferris, Landmark Program Manager
Colleen Ferris grew up on the Chesapeake Bay outside of Annapolis, Maryland. After earning a degree in Ecology from the University of Montana, she served in the US Peace Corps as a Natural Resource Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Utilizing her skills in field ecology and scientific diving, Colleen's service focused on conservation of Dominican cultural and biological patrimony, and youth environmental education.
Colleen's work and adventures have taken her from the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the base of Redoubt Volcano in Lake Clark National Park. Stops in between have included northwest Montana, Western Europe, American Prairie Reserve and South America.
Colleen is an alumna of the UM Flathead Lake Biological Station and is a certified PADI Dive Master and Wilderness EMT. She likes to explore outside, learn new recipes and is learning to tie flies.
Contact Colleen at email@example.com or 406.624.3320 ext. 707.
Nick 'Rusty' Rustigian, Adventurer Coordinator
Nick "Rusty" Rustigian joined Adventure Scientists in 2016 as the Partnerships Coordinator. Rusty was born and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Geography.
After chasing snow in the southern hemisphere, Rusty relocated to Seattle where he built a position for himself with the nonprofit arm of the Northwest Avalanche Center. He spent countless hours exploring the Cascades on foot, bike, and skis, but eventually decided to trade the big city for Bozeman.
Outside the office, Rusty enjoys skiing, mountain biking, good food and music. Above all, he values taking advantage of adventures locally—especially as a newcomer—though recently spent three weeks freeskiing on the archipelago of Svalbard.
Contact Rusty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.624.3320 ext. 704.
Aisling Force, Project Development Coordinator
Aisling Force grew up in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert and developed a strong connection with the outdoors from a young age on family camping, climbing, and rafting trips. As an adult, she has shared her love of nature with others while working as a whitewater rafting guide in California, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, India, Costa Rica and Argentina.
After receiving a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and Business Management from the University of Arizona, she chose to pursue the life of a traveler and rafter. This pursuit prompted her interest in global sustainability issues and eventually led her to Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, where she completed a Master of Sustainability Solutions focusing on international and community development as well as tourism.
She believes that relationships with nature are critical in fostering sustainable decision-making. Aisling maintains her personal relationship with the environment through mountain biking, rafting, hiking and skiing.
Contact Aisling at email@example.com 406.624.3320 ext. 703.
Abby Barrows, Microplastics Principal Investigator
Abby Barrows grew up on an island in Maine with the ocean as her playground. A passion for travel brought her to the University of Tasmania, where she earned a degree in Zoology with a focus on Marine Biology.
After mapping the canopy of old-growth temperate rainforest and trapping Tasmanian devils, Abby designed and managed a groundbreaking study of seahorse diversity, distribution and trade in Papua New Guinea, publishing two academic papers on the research. She has traveled the South Pacific by boat, trekked the Himalaya, explored the Middle East, researched sea turtles in Uruguay and Costa Rica, dived Mediterranean wrecks, rehabilitated big cats in the Amazon, and worked aboard a schooner in New England and the Canadian Maritimes. She saw one thing in common everywhere: plastic pollution.
Abby has directed microplastics research since 2012, initiating the first baseline data map of microplastic pollution distribution in Maine. She used this research to help push through plastic reduction legislation. She now manages a lab where she processes and analyzes Adventure Scientists’ international water samples.
Contact Abby at firstname.lastname@example.org 406.624.3320 ext. 710.
Katie Holsinger, Microplastics Project Manager
Katie grew up collecting Petoskey stones along the shores of Lake Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Here she came to know and love the natural world. She now calls Greater Yellowstone home.
Katie holds her masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she was acknowledged as a Wyss Conservation Scholar for her work in Western US Conservation. She is a Research Associate and Artist in Residence at the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative (Jackson, WY) and the Founder and Director of the Yellowstone Arts and Conservation Project. Through this collaborative initiative, Katie has brought to life the book, The Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone.
Being outdoors in all elements and all season sustains Katie--but if she had to pick, would probably say trail running was her favorite adventure time activity. She is married to her best friend and adventure partner, Jordan, and together they have a dog, Juneau, and a lot of bikes.
Contact Katie at email@example.com 406.624.3320 ext. 709.
Steph McGilloway, Administrative Assistant
After growing up near Philadelphia, bouncing around the great state of Pennsylvania, and spending a brief stint in Australia, Steph has found herself in the Mountains of Montana and is loving every minute of it.
Steph earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Anthropology from Bloomsburg University. Though she loves to go outside and get dirty, Steph realizes someone needs to hold down the fort while everyone else is out adventuring. After several years working as a client supervisor, she has joined the Adventure Scientists team as the Administrative Assistant.
In her spare time, Steph likes to make lists. These include lists of the places she wants to go and the places she has been. She loves her dog Lola, travel, backpacking, hiking, and really any sort of new adventure. She especially likes a good challenge.
Contact Steph at firstname.lastname@example.org 406.624.3320 ext. 706.
Sara Cathey, Microplastics Analysis Assistant
Sara Cathey grew up in Central Texas where she spent time exploring the ecosystems of the region and observing it's wildlife.
Sara holds a BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. She focused her coursework in marine biology, spending two summers studying at the university’s Marine Science Institute. She also conducted field research in Akumal Bay, Mexico. As a student, Sara worked for the university’s Biodiversity Collections, where she collected and cataloged specimens for the Ichthyology Collection. After graduating, she joined an ecology lab at the university to study the keystone community concept in metacommunities.
Sara is passionate about studying the natural world and enjoys snorkeling and kayaking.
Contact Sara at email@example.com
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