Publications

Mangguru (marine turtles) and Balguja (dugong)

Monitoring Project: Field Trip Report, Wunambal Gaambera country, WA, 21-28 August 2013. Technical Report · Jan 2015Micha Jackson, Peter Bayliss, Waina N, Rod Kennett Access the paper >> The Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, its Uunguu Rangers, NAILSMA and CSIRO are working together to develop a new method for monitoring marine turtles (Mangguru) and dugongs (Balguja). […]

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Marine Turtle Monitoring Project: A Collaborative Research Approach in the North Kimberley

Conferance paper · Aug 2014Micha Jackson, Peter Bayliss, Rod Kennett, Tom Vigilante Access the paper >> Although boat-based surveys are not currently used to monitor the distribution and abundance of marine turtles over extensive areas in Australia, there are significant advantages in doing so at local and regional scales. For example, local feeding populations in

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Island country: aboriginal connections, values and knowledge of the Western Australian Kimberley islands in the context of an Island Biological Survey

Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 81(1):145, January 2013Tom Vigilante, J. Toohey, A. Gorring, Kim Doohan Access the paper – DOI: 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.81.2013.145-182 ABSTRACT – Our paper describes Aboriginal connections, values and knowledge of the Kimberley islands and their resources in the context of a terrestrial biological survey of 24 islands, initiated by the Western Australian Government

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Mangguru (marine turtles) and Balguja (dugong) Monitoring Project: Looking after Turtles and Dugongs on Wunambal Gaambera Country, North Kimberley

Micha Jackson, Peter Bayliss, Rod Kennett, Tom Vigilante August 2012 — Proceedings of the First Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposium, 28-29th Indigenous communities have increasingly been expressing their aspirations for the management of their marine and coastal environments through a process known as sea country planning. The Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation, representing the Traditional Owner

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Insights into the biodiversity and social benchmarking components of the Northern Australian fire management and carbon abatement programmes

James A. Fitzsimons, Jeremy Russell‐Smith, Glenn James, Michael LookerJanuary 2012 — Ecological Management & Restoration 13(1):51 – 57 Summary Much of northern Australia’s tropical savannas are subject to annual intense and extensive late dry season wildfires, much of this occurring on Aboriginal land. Based on the successful West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement (WALFA) model, which

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Aboriginal fire use in Australian tropical savannas: Ecological effects and management lessons

Tom Vigilante, Brett P. Murphy, David M. J. S. Bowman, Mark A. CochraneJanuary 2009 — Chapter from book Tropical Fire Ecology (pp.143-167) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-77381-8_6In book: Tropical Fire Ecology (pp.143-167) Aboriginal people share a consistent landscape-burning practice across the vast Northern Australian savanna region. The practice is spatially and seasonally diverse and has been widely applied to manage

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Contemporary landscape burning patterns in the far North Kimberley region of north-west Australia: Human influences and environmental determinants

Tom Vigilante, David M. J. S. Bowman, Rohan P Fisher, Cameron YatesJuly 2004 — Journal of Biogeography 31(8):1317 – 1333Access the paper — DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2004.01104.x This study of contemporary landscape burning patterns in the North Kimberley aims to determine the relative influences of environmental factors and compare the management regimes occurring on Aboriginal lands, pastoral leases, national

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Effects of fire history on the structure and floristic composition of woody vegetation around Kalumburu, North Kimberley, Australia: A landscape-scale natural experiment

January 2004 — Australian Journal of Botany 52(3)DOI: 10.1071/BT03156Tom Vigilante, David M. J. S. Bowman Indigenous landscape burning is practiced around remote communities in the Kimberleys but has been replaced by wildfires across uninhabited areas. A landscape-scale natural experiment was established to investigate the effects of these different fire histories (derived from a 10-year Landsat remote-sensing

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Effects of individual fire events on the flower production of fruit-bearing tree species, with reference to Aboriginal people’s management and use, at Kalumburu, North Kimberley, Australia

January 2004 — Australian Journal of Botany 52(3)DOI: 10.1071/BT03157 Tom Vigilante, David M. J. S. Bowman This study used a number of landscape-scale natural experiments to investigate the influence of individual fire events on the reproductive output of key fruit-bearing woody species [Buchanania obovata Engl. (two leaf forms), Persoonia falcata R.Br., Planchonia careya (F.Muell.) Knuth, Syzygium

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Patterns of landscape fire and predicted vegetation response in the North Kimberley region of Western Australia

January 2003 — International Journal of Wildland Fire 12(4)DOI: 10.1071/WF03021 Rohan P Fisher, Tom Vigilante, Cameron Yates, Jeremy Russell-Smith The paper reports on the development of a decadal fire history, 1990–1999, derived from Landsat imagery, and associated assessment of landscape-scale patterns, in a remote, sparsely human-populated region of the high rainfall zone of monsoonal north-western Australia.

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