publications and cv
books and edited volumes
In 2018, I published two books on wildlife crime. The first, Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective, co-authored with Stephen Pires from Florida International University, is the first book dedicated to examining wildlife crime from an environmental criminology and crime science perspective. For those unfamiliar with these perspectives, (very) briefly: environmental criminology and crime science focus on the proximal correlates of criminal events to better understand the immediate environment where crime occurs, particularly the spatial, temporal, and situational factors, that promote or hinder crime. The overall objective of environmental criminology and crime science is applied in nature and is intended to better identify ways to prevent and reduce crime. Please see the following link for more information on the book from the publisher (Carolina Academic Press).
The other book is an edited volume, entitled Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice. In an attempt to break down theoretical, methodological, and practitioner-academic silos, this unique volume brings together scholars and practitioners with varying experiences and orientations to focus their collective attention on the topic of wildlife crime. Contributors examine topical issues from extinction to trafficking in order to understand the ecological, economic, political, and social costs and consequences of these crimes. Chapters cover criminological perspectives on species poaching, unregulated fishing, the trading of ivory and rhino horns, the adoption of conservation technologies, and ranger workplaces and conditions, to name a few. Global in scope, the volume includes firsthand experiences and fieldwork from China, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States. To say that I am excited about this volume would be an understatement! I was very fortunate to have each and every single one of the contributors of the volume agree to provide original contributions. I am extremely grateful for their involvement.
In 2015, I was asked by the editor of Trends in Organized Crime, Klaus von Lampe (John Jay College) to be a guest editor for an issue dedicated to environment-related crimes. This led to a special issue on wildlife crime. The volume contains five original articles from some of the best criminologists currently studying wildlife crime.
peer-reviewed journal articles and invited book chapters
2019 and forthcoming
Moreto, W.D., & Charlton, R. (accepted). "Rangers can't be with every Elephant": Integrating a Community Problem-Solving Policing Model for Protected Areas. Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation.
Moreto, W.D., Charlton, R., Dewitt, S.E., & Burton, C.M. (accepted). The Convergence of CAPTURED Fish and People: Examining the Symbiotic Nature of Labor Trafficking and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. Deviant Behavior.
Moreto, W.D., Gau, J.M., Paoline, E.A., Singh, R., Belecky, M., & Long, B. (in press). Occupational Motivation and Intergenerational Linkages of Rangers in Asia. Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605317001041
Burton, C., Cowan, D., & Moreto, W.D. Wildlife Crime: A Situational Crime Prevention Perspective. In A. Brisman and N. South (Eds.), Green Criminology.
Cowan, D., Burton, C., & Moreto, W.D. (2019). Conservation-Based Intelligence-Led Policing: An Intra-organizational examination. Policing: An International Journal, 42, 108-122.
Moreto, W.D., Cowan, D., & Burton, C. (2018). Towards an Intelligence-Led Approach to Address Wildlife Crime in Uganda. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 12, 344-357.
Van Uhm, D., & Moreto, W.D. (2018). Corruption within the Illegal Wildlife Trade: A Symbiotic and Antithetical Enterprise. British Journal of Criminology, 58, 344-357.
Singh, R., Long, B., & Moreto, W.D. (2018). Examining Ranger Well-being and Workplace Conditions: A Practitioner-Driven Case Study. In W.D. Moreto (Ed.), Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Moreto, W.D. (2017). Avoiding The Tragedy of (Un)Common Knowledge: Reflections on Conducting Qualitative Criminological Research in Conservation Science. Qualitative Research, 17, 440-456.
Moreto, W.D., Brunson, R.K., & Braga, A.A. (2017). “Anything We Do, We Have to Include the Communities”: Law Enforcement Rangers’ Attitudes Towards and Experiences of Community-Ranger Relations in Wildlife Protected Areas in Uganda. British Journal of Criminology, 57, 924-944.
Kurland, J., Pires, S.F., McFann, S., & Moreto, W.D. (2017). Wildlife Crime: A Conceptual Integration, Literature Review, and Methodological Critique. Crime Science, 6. DOI: 10.1186/s40163-017-0066-0
Moreto, W.D., & Matusiak, M.C. (2017). “We Fight Wrong Doers”: Law Enforcement Rangers’ Roles, Responsibilities, and Patrol Operations in Uganda. Deviant Behavior, 4¸ 426-447.
Moreto, W.D., & Gau, J.M. (2017). Deterrence, Legitimacy, and Wildlife Crime in Protected Areas: Possibilities, Limitations, and Avenues for Future Scholarship. In M.L. Gore (Ed.), Conservation Criminology. Wiley-Blackwell Publications.
Moreto, W.D., Lemieux, A.M., & Nobles, M.R. (2016). “It’s In My Blood Now”: The Satisfaction of Rangers Working in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation, 50, 655-663.
Moreto, W.D. (2016). Occupational Stress among Law Enforcement Rangers: Insights from Uganda. Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation, 50, 646-654.
Pires, S.F., & Moreto, W.D. (2016). The Illegal Wildlife Trade. In Oxford Handbooks Online. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935383.013.161
Moreto, W.D., & Lemieux, A.M. (2015). From CRAVED to CAPTURED: Introducing a Product-Based Framework to Examine Illegal Wildlife Markets. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 21, 303-320.
Moreto, W.D., & Lemieux, A.M. (2015). Poaching in Uganda: Perspectives from Law Enforcement Rangers. Deviant Behavior, 36(11), 853-873.
Moreto, W.D. (2015). Introducing Intelligence-Led Conservation: Bridging Crime and Conservation Science. Crime Science, 4. DOI: 10.1186/s40163-015-0030-9
Moreto, W.D., Brunson, R.K., & Braga, A.A. (2015). “Such Misconducts Don’t Make a Good Ranger”: Examining Law Enforcement Ranger Wrongdoing in Uganda. British Journal of Criminology, 55(2), 359-380.
2014 and before
Moreto, W.D., Piza, E.L., & Caplan, J.M. (2014). ‘A Plague on both Your Houses?’: Risks, Repeats and Reconsiderations of Urban Residential Burglary. Justice Quarterly, 31(6), 1102-1126.
Moreto, W.D., Lemieux, A.M., Rwetsiba, A., Guma, N., Driciru, M., & Kirya, K.H. (2014). Law Enforcement Monitoring in Uganda: The Utility of Official Data and Time-Based Ranger Efficiency Measures. In A.M. Lemieux (Ed.), Situational Prevention of Poaching. Routledge.
Moreto, W.D., & Clarke, R.V. (2013). Script Analysis of the Transnational Illegal Market in Endangered Species: Dream and Reality. In B. Leclerc and R. Wortley (Eds.), Cognition and Crime: Offender Decision-Making and Script Analyses. Routledge.
Pires, S.F., & Moreto, W.D. (2011). Preventing Wildlife Crimes: Solutions That Can Overcome the ‘Tragedy of the Commons’. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, 17(2), 101-123.
Caplan, J.M., Moreto, W.D., & Kennedy, L.W. (2011). Forecasting Global Maritime Piracy Utilizing the Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) Approach to Spatial Risk Assessment. In L.W. Kennedy and E. F. McGarrell (Eds.), Crime and Terrorism Risk: Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Routledge.