Including Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Mankarr (bilby) distribution modelling for increased ecological insights

Date: 12, Aug, 2021
Author(s): Anja Skroblin  

Despite holding detailed information about current and past environments, there are limited examples of Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge being incorporated into ecological models. We designed a structured interview process and statistical framework to combine Traditional Knowledge with survey data to model the distribution the threatened and culturally significant greater bilby (Mankarr). We used knowledge from Martu Traditional Owners in the western deserts, and data from field surveys to create predictive species distribution models. Intercultural approaches that draw on multiple sources of knowledge and information may improve species distribution modelling and better inform management of threatened or culturally significant species.