Keynote Speakers

Garrett VeneKlasen

Global Wildlife Adventure


Executive Director-New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Garrett was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and spent his childhood hunting, fishing, camping, and exploring with his father throughout the mountains, grasslands, deserts, and wetlands of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. Before becoming the Executive Director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, he was the SW Director of Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project as well as Trout Unlimited’s New Mexico Public Lands Coordinator. Garrett also founded the New Mexico Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. Garrett is a prolific outdoor writer and photographer and at one time hosted his own outdoor television show on ESPN (“Fly Fishing America”). His writing and photography have been published in Field & Stream, Men’s Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fisherman, High Country News, The Angling Report, and Orvis News.

A former fishing and big-game hunting outfitter and guide in both New Mexico, Colorado, and abroad, he also owned and operated an outdoor travel agency for 22 years (InterAngler, LLC) that sent clients hunting and fishing around the world (specializing in trips throughout Central and South America). Following a year abroad in Spain through Syracuse University, Garrett received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico with a major in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish & Portuguese languages. He is fluent in both languages.

Dr. Esteban H. Muldavin

Director, Research Associate Professor

Natural Heritage New Mexico

University of New Mexico

Dr. Muldavin received his B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University in 1982 with a concentration in forest ecology.  He received a Ph.D. in Biology from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces NM in 1988, where he focused on the ecology and biogeography of forest and woodland ecosystems in Arizona. In 1991, he joined Natural Heritage New Mexico in the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico as the Senior Ecologist where he leads a staff committed to ecosystem inventory, monitoring, and assessment including both uplands and wetlands. In addition, he became Director of Natural Heritage in 2008 where he oversees a comprehensive database and modeling program on sensitive species and ecosystems for the state. Dr. Muldavin has spent his career as an ecologist in the Southwest applying multidisciplinary approaches to broad range of issues in ecology and conservation biology.