Dr. DeGeorges is an ecologist whose primary experience is in Africa and to a lesser degree the Caribbean and Central America. He specializes in big picture policy and planning with over 30 years in Africa. Former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (1973-1975), working on the Lakes of El Salvador just before the civil war, and USEPA employee (1975-1977) living among Cajun crawl fishermen in the Atchafalaya swamps of Louisiana where he captained a 40 foot live aboard houseboat and flew Huey helicopter sampling missions 3-4x/year. He has a background in river basin planning (1977-1988) with the Senegal and Gambia River Basin Development Organizations (OMVS/OMVG). At the OMVG he was the environmental advisor to the countries of Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Conakry and eventually Guinea Bissau. As the former environmental advisor to USAID in the Caribbean (1988-1990) & East/Southern Africa (1990-1992), he was involved with inter-disciplinary design teams; and undertook policy analyses and concept papers in the areas of sustainable agriculture; parks and people; tropical forest management versus agro forestry; wildlife, game ranching, livestock and range management; artisanal and industrial fishing; urban and industrial pollution; and coastal zone conservation. He is a former National Delegate representing gun enthusiasts, hunters and fishermen from the 2,000+ member Centerville Chapter of The Izaak Walton League of America, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S.
Representing 30,000 international hunters, he opened and managed Safari Club International's first overseas Africa Office in Pretoria (1995-2001) where he worked with governments, rural communities, safari operators, NGOs and academics from major hunting countries across the sub-continent in promoting wildlife as a key land use and catalyst for conservation and development. He helped establish the African Advisory Board (AAB) where key stakeholders came together once a year at Victoria Falls to discuss key conservation policy issues related to wildlife, hunting and rural development. From 2002-2008, he helped establish Project Noah at the Department of Nature Conservation, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), Pretoria, South Africa, designed to train students from rural wildlife/hunting areas in the sustainable management of game and its habitat, returning them to educate and sensitize their communities to what they have and to develop sustainable use programs linked to game management. Students in this program have come from Cameroon, Tanzania, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. He was also involved in teaching Freshwater Management and Game Utilization I & II.
He was selected to Marquis' 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Who's Who in the World and 2009, 2010 & 2011 Who's Who in America. Co-author of 7 volume book, A critical evaluation of conservation and development in Sub-Saharan Africa and The Development of Taliban Factions in Afghanistan and Pakistan: A Geographical Account February 2010, as well as a number of peer reviewed papers. He did not study Africa but lived it, diving up and down its coastlines, climbing its glacier covered peaks, and hunting big game while sitting around campfires in professional hunting camps, as well as with traditional hunters "poachers", sleeping in villages among Pygmies, Maka, Nama, Dozo, Mandinka, Fulani, Maasai and other hunting cultures that helped him develop an African perspective on key conservation and development issues. Retired from TUT in early 2008, he hunts, fishes, clams, crabs and writes on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.