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.
We are conducting camera trap surveys across each territory. Cameras are deployed in a grid with 30 cameras in each territory. We will deploy cameras for one month in the dry and wet season. Indigenous peoples have been recruited and trained to use GPS units to deploy cameras, ensure smooth operation, and retrieve cameras.