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TitleMethods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology [electronic resource]
Author edited by Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Luiz Vital Fernandes Cruz da Cunha, Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena, Rômulo Romeu Nobrega Alves
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Humana Press, 2014
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Descript XV, 480 p. 53 illus., 18 illus. in color. online resource


Humans represent just one of many species that constitute the planet's biodiversity. Nevertheless, as the dominant species, humans have been the primary agent of the transformation of natural spaces. Therefore, the study of human interactions, biodiversity, and the environment that surrounds them is a basic tool for understanding the factors that bind human societies to natural resources. Within this context, ethnobiology is a promising discipline that can play a key role as a mediator of dialogue between different academic disciplines and traditional knowledge, a union essential in enabling contextualized and sustainable alternatives to exploitative practices and biodiversity management.   Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology introduces the basic techniques and methods traditionally used in ethnobiology and ethnoecology. Comprised of 28 chapters, the book covers the different qualitative and quantitative aspects of ethnobiology research methods, as well as methods from natural and social sciences that will be useful to both beginners and senior researchers. Written by internationally renowned experts in the fields, Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology is a valuable resource for researchers and students interested in ethnobiology


Selection of Research Participants -- Methods and Techniques Used to Collect Ethnobiological Data -- Participatory Methods in Ethnobiological and Ethnoecological Research -- Oral History in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology -- Procedures for Documentary Analysis in the Establishment of Ethnobiological Information -- Use of Visual Stimuli in Ethnobiological Research -- Methods in Research of Environmental Perception -- Methods for Data Collection in Medical Ethnobiology -- Introduction to Botanical Taxonomy -- Analysis of Vegetation in Ethnobotanical Studies -- Techniques for Collecting and Processing Plant Material and their Application in Ethnobotany Research -- An Introduction to Zoological Taxonomy and the Collection and Preparation of Zoological Specimens -- Sampling in Ethnobotanical Studies of Medicinal Plants -- Indigenous Populations - Some Peculiarities -- Participatory Mapping of the Terrestrial Landscape in Brazil: Experiences and Potentialities -- Chemical Tools Applied to Ethnobotanical Studies -- In vitro and in vivo Antibacterial and Antifungal Screening of Natural Plant Products: Prospective Standardization of Basic Methods -- Urban Ethnobotany: Theoretical and Methodological Contributions -- The Dynamics of Use of Non-traditional Ethnobiological Products: Some Aspects of Study -- Plant Anatomy in Ethnobotanical Research: Micrographic Techniques and Applications -- Methods and Techniques for Research on the Supply Chains of Biodiversity Products -- Methods and Techniques Applied to Ethnobotanical Studies of Timber Resources -- Ethnobiological Research in Public Markets -- Techniques for Analysis of Quantitative Ethnobiological Data: Use of Indices -- Ecological Methods in Ethnobotanical and Ethnobiological Research: Using Diversity Measurements and Richness Estimators -- Principles of Inferential Statistics Applied to Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology -- Problems and Perspectives in the Publication of Ethnobiological Studies -- “Returning” Ethnobiological Research to the Communities

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