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R. Siddappa Setty,
a researcher from Bangalore, India, using a compass during the People and Plants Certificate Training Course in Applied Ethnobotany (CTC) held at Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Malaysia.
Gary J. Martin

Research Techniques

As I was writing the Ethnobotany Methods Manual, I realized that I would never be able to cover all research techniques used in qualitative, quantitative and applied ethnobotanical research. The field is vast, and ethnobotanists draw upon methods from many different academic fields and research traditions.

When I have used my manual in training courses and workshops, I discovered the need for a complementary volume of field research techniques that could be summarized in two or three pages.

I have not been able to sit down to write this ethnobotanical field exercise manual, but I hope that this section of People and Plants Online can meet some of the demand for field training materials.

For the time, I have written up one technique (Finding geographical positions with a GPS Receiver) that can serve as an example, hopefully stimulating other contributions. In a few years, I hope that all contributions can be compiled into a single publication for fieldwork and teaching.

This part of People and Plants Online is designed to permit easy printing of the research techniques, allowing you to use them in teaching or in the field. Please acknowledge People and Plants Online, and the author(s) of particular techniques in any publications or other use of the techniques described here.

If you would like to share a technique with colleagues, we suggest that you use one of the following formats. The simple one is for those contributors who wish to give a basic idea of the technique, the tools required and how to do it, illustrated by an example from the field; it contains notes on helpful illustrations and references. If you are feeling ambitious, use the detailed format, which requests additional information on background concepts, useful facts, tips, alternative methods and addresses. Don’t forget to let us know who prepared the description.

Simple format

Name of Research Technique :
Required Tools :
Description :
How to do it :
Helpful Illustrations :
Example :
References :
Prepared by:


Detailed format

Name of Research Technique :
Required Tools :
Description :
Background concepts :
Useful facts :
Alternative methods :
Applications :
Related exercises :
How to do it :
Tips :
Helpful Illustrations :
Example :
References :
Useful Addresses :
Prepared by :
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