Director of Program Investments, Adventure Scientists
Marcus leads Adventure Scientists’ efforts to develop and expand the organization’s programs. Prior to this, he spent over a decade working in environmental law and policy, where he led landscape, wildlife, and resource conservation advocacy efforts in the United States and Latin America.
He joined Adventure Scientists because throughout his law practice he recognized that high-quality field data forms the foundation for addressing globally-critical environmental and human health issues. Much of this data is only found in hard-to-access corners of the world: tree canopies, high alpine environments, deserts, offshore reef systems, and other areas deep in the backcountry. Adventure Scientists’ global community of outdoor athletes––ultrarunners, mountaineers, whitewater rafters, transoceanic sailors, and others––is uniquely situated to gather the data because it is able to match any scale of our partners’ ambitions and needs.
Marcus majored in both History and Latin American Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine, and earned his J.D. at the University of Washington, with a certificate in environmental law. After completing a 10,000-mile trans-Latin American journey by bus, foot, and hitchhiking from Tijuana, Mexico to Ushuaia, Argentina, Marcus conducted post-graduate work in international environmental policy at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City.
Born and raised in California’s central coast, Marcus spent hours exploring Monterey Bay’s tide pools, crashing through redwood groves, oak thickets, and sagebrush in the surrounding mountains, and wondering why the Salinas River always ran dry. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, which gives him the opportunity to explore new landscapes with his adventurous wife and twin daughters, the three best parts of his life.