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Our research design integrates diverse fields of study and methods, spanning ecology, social-ecological modeling, human geography, and the spatial sciences. At each step, we focus on building local capacity to collaborate as equal researcher partners, with the ultimate goal of supporting support Indigenous self-determination. 


We also co-created data sovereignty agreements with each community to ensure ethical data use per community guidelines and decisions. 

Social Science Research

Generating the necessary data to test our hypotheses requires a suite of social science methods — both quantitative and qualitative.