Director and Professor of Economics
Research: Alaska salmon and other seafood markets; Alaska fisheries management
- Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, 1981
- B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1975
Gunnar Knapp has been on the ISER faculty since 1981, and he was appointed director in August 2013. He is an internationally recognized scholar for his work on fisheries markets and management of fisheries resources, in Alaska and worldwide. Much of Dr. Knapp’s work has focused on the Alaska salmon industry. He is the co-author of a book on competition between wild and farmed salmon and is currently writing a book, The Economics of Fish. He has also done research on a wide variety of other Alaska economic and public policy issues, including markets for Alaska halibut, herring roe and pollock; restructuring of Alaska salmon management; effects of the Alaska halibut and sablefish IFQ system; economic interactions between Alaska and the Russian Far East; and economic development of rural Alaska.
For many years he has taught UAA courses on the economy of Alaska and the economics of fish, and he frequently talks to public and private groups around Alaska about fisheries and other issues important to Alaskans. He has also traveled to Canada, Japan, Russia, Norway, Chile, Iceland, and other countries in connection with his research on salmon markets.
Gunnar Knapp is married and has three children. A trained classical singer, he has sung with the Anchorage Opera and other Anchorage singing groups. He is an active participant in Anchorage cross-country skiing and orienteering events.
Dr. Knapp speaks Russian, German, Swedish and French. Gunnar Knapp sings the Alaska Flag Song, accompanied by the East High School String Quartet, at a celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, November 8, 2005 (mp3 file)