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Methods and Techniques Used to Collect Ethnobiological Data

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The aim of this chapter is to discuss the methods and techniques most widely used to elicit information from informants or interviewees, many of which are derived from anthropology. We will thoroughly describe such methods and critically appraise their advantages and limitations based on our personal experience and the published literature. Interviews are the main tool that researchers have to elicit information from study populations. Many techniques are available to conduct interviews, ranging from individual approaches to research conducted with groups of people.

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  • Ethnobiology
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Local knowledge
  • Methods in Ethnobiology

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Albuquerque, U.P., Ramos, M.A., de Lucena, R.F.P., Alencar, N.L. (2014). Methods and Techniques Used to Collect Ethnobiological Data. In: Albuquerque, U., Cruz da Cunha, L., de Lucena, R., Alves, R. (eds) Methods and Techniques in Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology. Springer Protocols Handbooks. Humana Press, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8636-7_2

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