Dr Michelle Pyke
Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
Across the north, Indigenous ranger teams are managing and monitoring wetlands on their Country. My research focuses on helping Traditional Owner groups to elevate their own ways of conceptualising and managing wetlands in this process. I am also interested in exploring the different outcomes for people and nature that result when wetland work is directed by Traditional Owners rather than conventional natural-resource-management or scientific ways of knowing and doing.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
I’ve lived in the Kimberley for 10 years now. In that time, I’ve been privileged to learn a little about how some Kimberley Traditional Owners understand this land and its stewardship. I also love the lifestyle, especially during the beautiful dry season but also the challenging wet (sweat) season.