Human/wildlife conflict and nature tourism

20th April 14.00-15.00 PG16 (Talbot Campus)

Human/wildlife conflict and nature tourism (Gaius Wilson, external, plus Susanna Curtin (BU Tourism) and Amanda Korstjens (BU SciTech)

In this engaging Geonet event,  Gaius told us about his PhD research, where he investigated the impact of an invasive plant species on elephant foraging behaviour and habitat use in India. We discussed this in the context of human/wildlife conflict (which might occur for example if elephants consume or trample crops planted by people). Susanna Curtin brought a perspective from her research into nature tourism, which might help reduce this conflict by providing an alternative source of income.