Houghton College’s Dr. Eli Knapp, assistant professor of intercultural studies, has successfully published his article, “Why Poaching Pays: a Summary of Risks and Benefits Illegal Hunters Face in Western Serengeti, Tanzania.” It can be found in the December issue of Tropical Conservation Science (Vol.5 (4):434-445, 2012)
The article was written after ten months of extensive research in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, and an additional three months entering and analyzing the data he collected. In Dr. Knapp’s own words: “the article is a big picture summary of the costs and benefits that an individual faces when deciding whether or not to illegally hunt in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Benefits may come in the form of meat and income, while the risks include possible arrest, prison, fines, injury, and even death”
Dr. Knapp has also completed four peer-reviewed papers in Oryx, Ecological Applications, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, and Tropical Conservation Science. He is a part of a group of authors working on a book entitled: Serengeti IV: Dynamics of an Ecosystem, which is scheduled to be released in 2013. Dr. Knapp has, furthermore, begun to write for non-technical audiences and was recently published in New York State Conservationist (Dec 2012). He has another article soon to appear in Birdwatcher's Digest (Sep-Oct 2013).
Dr. Eli Knapp teaches in a variety of classrooms at Houghton, including Human Ecology, Wildlife Behavior, Geology, Ornithology, and Swahili. In Tanzania, he directs the Houghton-in-Tanzania program. His interests lie in the interactions between humans and the environment, particularly around protected areas.