Gregg Treinish, Founder/Executive Director
Gregg Treinish founded Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation 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 ASC. 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.
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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 ASC, 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.
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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.
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Erica Cunningham, NGO Partnerships Consultant
Erica Cunningham grew up between the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Bilingual, binational and bicultural, she has strong ties to her roots in both the mountains and the ocean.
Erica has a B.A. from Middlebury College in International Studies and a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Policy and International Development. After college she competed on the Freeskiing World Tour and after graduate school she worked in fishing villages and coastal surf towns in Mexico on sustainable development. Erica's consulting career has taken her around the world to protect, conserve and manage resources from Indonesian fisheries to forests in the Amazon. She believes people are an integral part to solving the toughest environmental problems.
Erica is a passionate about everything outdoors, and loves skiing, biking, hiking, climbing and fly fishing with her husband and two Mexican mutts.
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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.
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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.
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Nick 'Rusty' Rustigian, Partnerships Coordinator
Nick "Rusty" Rustigian joined ASC 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.
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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 Masters of Sustainable 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.
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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 ASC’s international water samples.
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Kelsey Brasseur, Microplastics Program Manager
Kelsey originally hails from the South shore of Lake Superior, where she completed her BS in Biology from Northland College in 2009. Kelsey worked in the field and lab designing protocols for wild hazelnut genetics surveys with the UW Extension service, and then as the lead field technician for a multi-year behavioral study of Kittlitz’s Murrelets in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Glacier Bay, Alaska.
Kelsey coordinated the Citizen-based Rare Forest Carnivore Study for the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness and their agency partner, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. She accepted a position with Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, where she directed citizen-driven water quality monitoring efforts from 2012–2016.
In May 2016, Kelsey made the leap to Bozeman to combine her passions for adventure and
science. She now works with exceptional adventure volunteers across the globe as she manages
both local and worldwide Microplastics collection initiatives for Adventure Scientists.
When not in the office, you’ll find Kelsey climbing bigwalls, enjoying the water or making
Contact Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org 406.624.3320 ext. 709.
Deniz Bertuna, Landmark Field Crew Leader
Deniz Bertuna grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It was from his home that he developed a passion for the environmental sciences, particularly restoration efforts in coastal systems. He received his B.S. degree in Ecology with Honors in Environmental Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Later, he received his M.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston where he focused his research and degree on oyster reef restorations and biomimicry.
After working as a research assistant for coastal restoration projects, Deniz came to ASC as a Landmark volunteer. From his two-month period on the prairie he found a strong bond with the Landmark Project and wanted to continue to develop himself and his skills with ASC.
Deniz brings together both his passions for the sciences and constant need for adventure. He is an avid trail runner, surfer, snowboarder and lover of ultimate frisbee. More recently, he has been developing his photography skills out on the prairie.
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Stephanie 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 ASC 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.
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Jeff Miesbauer, Community Marketing Contractor
Jeff Miesbauer grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina and ran off to the woods whenever possible. Whether backpacking, hunting for waterfalls or jumping into rivers to escape the heat, each day outside deepened his love for wild places.
All that wandering drew Jeff to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he earned a BS in Journalism. He then devoted a year to skiing neck-deep snow in Utah, which transitioned into a copywriting gig at Backcountry.com for three years and then two seasons as the Content Manager at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
The abundance of mountains and wild lands eventually led Jeff to Bozeman in 2014. Since then he has been building a freelance writing business, skiing, biking, playing music and searching for new ways to connect with nature. He is thrilled to help Adventure Scientists share their vision and stories with the world.
Contact Jeff: firstname.lastname@example.org 406.624.3320 ext. 712
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