Mongolia Team

Gregg Treinish


Gregg is the Executive Director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to the fusion of the adventure and science communities.  Gregg was an honoree for the 2009 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year after he and his friend Deia became the first to trek the length of the Andes Mountain Range south of the equator.  Gregg has worked as a wildlife biologist studying sturgeon, owls, bears, lynx and wolverine.  Gregg believes that is the responsibility of those who play in the outdoors to protect the areas they turn to for enjoyment.  In 2012, Gregg was selected as a member of the CS Monitor 30 under 30 list,  he became a National Geographic Explorer, and his work has been featured everywhere from the NY TImes to NPR’s All Things Considered.  

Meet Gregg

Forrest McCarthy


Forrest McCarthy is a geographer, adventure athlete and professional mountain guide who has spent the last 25 years exploring the Earth’s remaining wild places. He combines his experience and training as a guide with scientific inquiry and the conservation of wildlife and wild places. Formally a wolverine field biologist for the Greater Yellowstone Wolverine Study, Forrest earned a Masters in Geography from the University of Wyoming where he studied the impact of a changing climate on Arctic Alaska.

Visit Forrest’s personal webpage 

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Jason Wilmot


Jason is the Executive Director of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative in Jackson, Wyoming. He played a fundamental role in the Glacier National Park Wolverine Project and was lead field biologist for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wolverine Project in Yellowstone National Park. He worked for the National Park Service for many years in Glacier National Park and was a backcountry ranger in Katmai National Park, Alaska. He is a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and a member of the Yale Large Carnivore Group.

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Rebecca Watters 


Rebecca Watters grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, a master’s in environmental science, and has worked and studied in Kenya, India, Bosnia, Cambodia, Mongolia, and the western US. Her work focuses on human rights, wildlife conservation, and the intersection of science and culture. She has done research on snow leopards, wolves, Gyps  vultures, pikas, and other species, and has worked on wolverine conservation in the US Rockies since 2008. Rebecca spent two years living in Mongolia, teaching ecology and surveying for wildlife, and she now directs the Mongolian Wildlife and Climate Change Project, which assesses climate-sensitive species such as pika and wolverine in Mongolia, and builds ties between Mongolian and American researchers working on similar species in Mongolia and the Yellowstone region. She is also a writer, an artist, and a dabbler in creating graphic novels about environmental superheroes. Her work at The Wolverine Blog documents wolverine conservation in Mongolia and the US.

Jim Harris


Art and everything outdoors have been Jim Harris’ lifelong passions as evidenced in his work as a photographer, videographer, illustrator, writer, and adventurer. By the time he graduated from high school and headed to the University of Montana to earn his degree in wildlife biology (and a minor in art), Jim had already completed two month-long wilderness trips, worked at a leading zoo, and provided the cover illustration of a national magazine. After college, Jim worked for six years with Outward Bound as a course director, instructor, and resident illustrator. Today Jim’s photography and videography reflect firsthand expertise of his subjects and a knowledge-based appreciation of ecology and adventure. Jim’s work both visual and written has appeared in magazines in North America and Europe, catalogs, newspapers, books, and films. His assignments have taken him to Alaska, Antarctica, South America, Europe, Canada, throughout the Western U.S and now, to Mongolia’s Darhad.   Visit Jim’s personal webpage

Meet Rebecca

Watch this video from our shakedown hike

Watch this video of Gregg going through gear