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Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology

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  • The first comprehensive book of ethnobiological methods in English
  • Includes methods of both natural and social sciences
  • A practical and simple guide in ethnobiology research methods and techniques in a single book?

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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.

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Table of contents (28 protocols)


“This new book is another publication in our discipline reviewing and suggesting methods and procedures for data collection and techniques for data analyses, among other issues. … The book combines chapters that will be of more interest for natural science researchers with others that will be more useful for social science researchers.” (Manuel J. Macía, Economic Botany, Vol. 70 (2), 2016)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

    Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque

  • Departmento de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

    Luiz Vital Fernandes Cruz da Cunha

  • Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Areia, Brazil

    Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena

  • Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Estadual da Paraiba, Campina Grande, Brazil

    Rômulo Romeu Nobrega Alves

About the editors

Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, PhD
Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Área de Botânica, Departamento de Biologia, Laboratório de Etnobotânica Aplicada, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Luiz Vital Fernandes Cruz da Cunha, PhD
Universidade Católica de Pernambuco, Departmento de Ciências Biológicas, Recife, Brazil

Reinaldo Farias Paiva Lucena, PhD
Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Departamento de Fitotecnia e Ciências Ambientais, Setor de Ecologia e Biodiversidade, Laboratório de Etnoecologia, Areia, Paraíba, Brazil

Rômulo Romeu Nobrega Alves, PhD
Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Departamento de Biologia, Grupo, Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology

  • Editors: Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque, Luiz Vital Fernandes Cruz da Cunha, Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena, Rômulo Romeu Nobrega Alves

  • Series Title: Springer Protocols Handbooks

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Humana New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Springer Protocols

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4614-8635-0Published: 19 November 2013

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4939-5452-0Published: 23 August 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4614-8636-7Published: 19 November 2013

  • Series ISSN: 1949-2448

  • Series E-ISSN: 1949-2456

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 480

  • Number of Illustrations: 35 b/w illustrations, 18 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Plant Sciences

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