Dr Rebecca Dobbs
Research Fellow, University of Western Australia
See Dr Dobbs’s full research profile here.
What are your research interests as they relate to northern Australia?
I am passionate about supporting the use of multiple knowledge systems to enhance sustainable management of Country. My focus is on wetlands and I am currently collaborating with Indigenous ranger groups across the Kimberley to adapt freshwater monitoring protocols to meet local needs and contexts. I also have a strong interest in developing and maintaining partnerships between research, community (particularly Indigenous) and government agencies as end users of research, providing a pathway for knowledge exchange and Indigenous, locally driven research to input into and support broader-scale management and research.
What do you love about working in northern Australia?
The people and the landscape, so much so that I have been living in the Kimberley for the past 15 years. I am extremely fortunate to be working with communities and Traditional Owners who have been generous and patient in helping to guide our research as we are both being challenged to think outside our worldviews.