Journal article

Including indigenous knowledge in species distribution modeling for increased ecological insights

Anja Skroblin, Tracy Carboon, Gladys Bidu, Nganjapayi Chapman, Minyawu Miller, Karnu Taylor, Waka Taylor, Edward T Game, Brendan A Wintle

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Indigenous knowledge systems hold detailed information on current and past environments that can inform ecological understanding as well as contemporary environmental management. Despite its applicability, there are limited examples of indigenous knowledge being incorporated in species distribution models, which are widely used in the ecological sciences. In a collaborative manner, we designed a structured elicitation process and statistical framework to combine indigenous knowledge with survey data to model the distribution of a threatened and culturally significant species (greater bilby or mankarr [Macrotis lagotis]). We used Martu (Aboriginal people of the Australian western deserts) occ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge and are grateful to Martu who shared their knowledge, supported elicitations, and provided cultural guidance, including C. Marney, L. Biljabu, C. Williams, P. Jeffries, H. Samson, and P. Charles. For guidance, we are grateful to Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa staff: G. Catt, T. Cole, Z. King, P. See, A. Pennington, T. deGroot, R. deGroot, B. Mattingley, D. Johanson, B. Mikus, and P. Twigg. This work was funded and supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program's Threatened Species Recovery Hub, The Nature Conservancy, BHP, and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa.