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Gerhad Damm

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Gerhard Damm

Adventurous by nature and with a yearning to explore the world, Gerhard pursued a business career in his first life. For almost three decades he worked and lived in busy cities like Bogotá, Caracas, Quito, Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo, Sydney, Barcelona and Johannesburg.

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In the early 2000s his lifelong passion for hunting made him dedicate his time and energy to conservation hunting organizations and writing. A native of Schweinfurt/Germany and scion of a family steeped in hunting traditions since the 19th century, Gerhard never forgot his Bavarian hunting roots. Since 1981, he travels the globe to experience remote mountain regions and hunt wild sheep and goats. Hunting mountain ungulates was soon complemented with a thirst for learning more about the enigmatic Caprinae family. This eventually steered him into an almost decade-long research process and ended in the publication of the two-volume CIC Caprinae Atlas of the World.
Gerhard Damm is a member of the Bavarian Hunting Association for more than 50 years, a lifetime member of the Wild Sheep Foundation and Dallas Safari Club, a lifetime associate of the Boone and Crockett Club and serves as a member of the IUCN Caprinae Specialist Group and the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. From 2011 to 2017 Gerhard headed the Applied Science Division of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). In 2003, Gerhard founded African Indaba; he continued to edit and publish this acclaimed non-profit eNewsletter on conservation and hunting in Africa for the next 14 years.
Gerhard and his wife Conny live in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1994.

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NORTH AMERICAN EDITOR

Silvio Calabi

Silvio Calabi’s professional life—as a writer, editor and publisher of sporting magazines and books—has always mirrored his personal life, which revolves around hunting and fine guns, game and conservation, fly-fishing, skiing, sailing and driving interesting cars.

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Over decades of global travel and experience, he has seen alarming changes in habitats, populations, climate and culture. For example, he says, our grasp of nature and the predator-prey relationship has declined to the point where most people can respond only emotionally to matters of wildlife and conservation. This is an enormous threat, he believes, to intelligent, effective and sustainable living in the natural world.

Born in France to Swiss and Italian parents, Calabi was brought up near Boston and attended college in Vermont, where he majored in geology and minored in skiing and upland bird-hunting. After college, he worked for the Orvis Company, which introduced him to fly-fishing. He then was involved in the launch of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine, which eventually led to founding and managing a group of consumer and trade publications and expos that covered fishing, wingshooting, fine guns and motor racing.

Calabi has been a member of organizations ranging from the International Order of St. Hubertus to SCI, the Namibian Professional Hunting Association and the California Side by Side Society. As an author, his most recent books include Hemingway’s Guns and Rigby: A Grand Tradition as well as a series of Gun Books—for boys, girls and parents—aimed at bringing safety and sanity into the modern uproar over firearms.

Silvio Calabi lives in small towns on the coast of Maine and in the mountains of Colorado.

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Derek Carstens

CONSULTING EDITOR & BRAND DEVELOPMENT

Derek Carstens

From a cerebral, corporate, citified lifestyle, Derek is now discovering the satisfaction of physically creating a business in South Africa’s Karoo from the ground up – from the hunting of the game to the preparation, marketing, taking of orders and delivering.

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Derek was a big-time player in advertising, heading up operations of Ogilvy & Mather in South Africa, Australia and United States before joining FirstRand and until seconded to head the marketing and commercial side of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee.
By 2009, Derek, a life-long hunter-conservationist, had begun to hanker for South Africa’s mountainous karroid grasslands between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet. In the Karoo, Derek returned to his idyllic childhood memories and started a whole new business. Taste of the Karoo delivers the region’s best venison, lamb and other produce to some of the top restaurants and delicatessens in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Derek is passionate about ethical hunting and is involved in many hunting and conservation organizations, apart from taking pen to paper – figuratively speaking – to write about the life and the ethical obligations of the hunter. He divides his time living between his game ranch in the Karoo , which he describes as his “ centre of gravity “ , their homes  in Johannesburg and Mt Crested Butte , Colorado.

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Colleen Roberts

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Colleen Roberts

Colleen is our team administrator and spends a few days a week in the office organizing our efforts and working on conservation and wildlife projects. Colleen spends a great deal of time in the outdoors and has a degree in Equine Studies.

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She spent her early years out of college fulfilling her dreams of working with horses in rural Virginia. She was a professional groom for a US rider and traveled and cared for horses at competitions around the world, including the World Games in Rome, Italy and The Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where the team won silver and individual gold medals in Three-Day Eventing. She then went on to start her own business training horses and teaching riding.
She has been passionate about all animals her whole life but especially time spent with horses and dogs. They also have a small flock of sheep and chickens Colleen and her husband share a love for nature, land conservation, and environmental responsibilities and encourage programs that promote youth involvement, respect for the wild spaces, and appreciation of the outdoors. Their home base is bucolic Middleburg, Virginia…

Colleen loves to garden and spends countless hours planning and organizing her vegetable and perennial gardens. In addition to the 80+ foxhounds on site, they always have many personal dogs of various breeds, whether purebreds or rescues, and enjoy giving them a job. Colleen has been a long standing and dedicated volunteer for a non-profit organization that raises and trains Service Dogs for people with disabilities. She is most often found with a dog by her side.

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Jon McRoberts

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Jon McRoberts

A researcher by trade, Jon joined the team to help cover North American content for Conservation Frontlines. He is currently a research scientist and administrator with the Boone and Crockett Club Wildlife Conservation Program at the University of Montana. Jon has done conservation work in Mexico, China, Thailand, Southern Africa and throughout the western US working primarily with mammal and bird species.

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After receiving his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri, he spent half of 2006 in western China researching giant pandas with the Smithsonian Institution. Studying at Texas Tech University he completed his M.S. in Wildlife Science (2009), M.B.A (2014), and Ph.D. in Wildlife Science (2014). The focus of his Ph.D. research was a groundbreaking study on the conservation and ecology of ocellated turkeys on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Working for the University of Missouri, Jon coordinated a large-scale white-tailed deer research project where his team captured and marked nearly 2000 deer to study habitat use, population dynamics, and Chronic Wasting Disease management.

Jon has authored peer-reviewed articles in publications such as The Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Society Bulletin, and book chapters for Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Jon comes from a farming background in northeast Missouri and enjoys hunting and fishing, traveling off the beaten path in foreign locations, wildgame cooking, and is a diehard Rolling Stones fan. Jon and his wife, Katrina, have a young daughter and are expecting their second child in Spring 2021.

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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Joshua Millspaugh

Joshua Millspaugh has been the Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Montana since 2016. In this position, he has further developed and implemented a comprehensive program that prepares students for the many research, policy, and management issues present in wildlife conservation today.

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His highly esteemed, award-winning career in wildlife biology and education began with degrees from all over the country. He received his B.S from SUNY Syracuse, his M.S from South Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. and from the University of Washington. He was a Distinguished Professor for the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources from 1999 to 2016, where he worked as the Interim Director in his final year before moving to Montana.

Josh is a Wildlife Society Fellow, has received the North Central Section Wildlife Society Professional Award of Merit, the USDA National Teacher of the Year award, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, among many others, including the University of Missouri’s most prestigious teaching honor, the William T. Kemper Fellowship. His extensive research publications focus on everything from small songbirds to elephants, namely elk and other North American large game species. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles, has authored and edited acclaimed books on wildlife research and management, and has trained a small army of graduate students who are actively engaged in wildlife conservation efforts through the United States.

Josh and his family enjoy spending time outdoors, following the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees, hunting and fishing, and training the family birddog.

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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

Nadia White

Associate Professor Nadia White joined the faculty in 2006 after a career in newspaper journalism that included work throughout the West and in Washington, D.C.

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She specializes in environmental and public affairs journalism, and teaches courses in science journalism, global current events and reporting. She is the director of UM’s master’s program in environmental science and natural resource journalism.

Nadia graduated from Bates College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a concentration in Asian literature. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Before coming to UM, Nadia reported for Maine’s Lewiston Sun, Minnesota’s Stillwater Gazette and the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. She was a reporter and editor at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and in the paper’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

Nadia has received several awards for her reporting and writing, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award of Excellence for work on brucellosis in central Asia; the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Best Columnist of the Year Award; and several Associated Press Public Service awards.

She received a Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in 2004-05 and a World Affairs Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C., in 2003.

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