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Katherine G. Sammler
 Curriculum vitae
 CONTACT INFORMATION
 California State University Maritime Academy
 200 Maritime Academy Drive
 Vallejo, California 94590
 (707) 654-1148
 ksammler@csum.edu
 https://saltygeographies.net

EDUCATION
Ph.D., School of Geography and Development, 2016
 The University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
 Dissertation Title: National Governance of Offshore Volumes: Challenging 
 Geometries, Geopolitics and Geophysicalities.
 Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Banister
 Minor: Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis, Graduate Certificate in GIS
M.S., Atmospheric Sciences, 2009
 The University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
B.S., Physics, 2005
 University of Oregon, Eugene OR
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
2016-Present. Assistant Professor, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs
California State University Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA.

RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS
2013-2014 Intercultural Center for the Study of Desert and Oceans/
 Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos. GIS marine 
 spatial planning with artisanal fisher co-ops for sustainable governance 
 in Gulf of California.
2009 Flood Hydroclimatology of Arizona, Climate Assessment of the 
 Southwest (CLIMAS), University of Arizona. Analyzed historical flood data, 
 flood frequency & magnitude, web and GIS platforms for bi-directional 
 stakeholder communication.
2008 Border Climate Summary, Udall Center for Public Policy & Institute 
 of the Environment, University of Arizona. Editor, bi-national climate 
 quarterly. Interpreted climate content, made infographics, facilitated 
 workshops in US & MX.
2008 Modeling O3 Measurement of GPS Radio Occultation. Atmospheric 
 Sciences, University of Arizona. Atmospheric Temperature, Ozone, and 
 Moisture Microwave Spectrometer (ATOMMS) satellite proof of concept.
PUBLICATIONS

BOOK CHAPTERS
2018 Sammler, K. (in review). “Kauri and the Whale: Alternative Ontologies 
 of Environmental Politics” in I. Braverman and E. Johnson (eds.),
  Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, Durham, NC: Duke 
 University Press.
2016 Sammler, K. “The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral 
 Development” in E. Stratford (ed.), Island Geographies: Essays and 
 Conversations, New York, NY: Routledge. 198pp.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
2014 Sammler, K. Emerging Resource Management Strategies and Deep Seabed 
 Mining in South Pacific Island Nations. Islands of the World Conference,
 Penghu, TW 22–27 Sep.
2010 Kursinski, E.R., Young, A., Otarola, A., Stovern, M., Wheelwright, 
 B., Ward D., Sammler K., Stickney, R.. Groppi, C., Al Banna, S., Schein,
 M., Bell, S., Bertiger, W., Miller, M., and Pickett, H. Laboratory and 
 Ground Testing Results from ATOMMS: the Active Temperature, Ozone and 
 Moisture Microwave Spectrometer. 21st International Symposium on Space 
 TeraHertz Technology, Oxford, 23-25 Mar.
2009 AlBanna, S., Groppi, C., Walker, C., Schein, M., Bell, S., 
 Wheelwright, B., d’Aubigny, C., Young ,A., Golish, D., Kursinsk, 
 E.R., Otarola, A., Ward, D., Sammler, K., Bertiger, W., Miller, M.,
 and Pickett, H. A Single 30 cm Aperture Antenna Design for The Operation
 of 2 Widely Separated Frequency Bands for the Active Temperature, Ozone
 and Moisture Microwave Spectrometer (ATOMMS). 20th International 
 Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Charlottesville, VA 20-22 Apr.
2008 Kursinski, E.R., Ward, D., Otarola, A., Sammler, K., Frehlich, 
 R., Rind, D., Groppi, C., Albanna S., Shein, M., Bertiger, W., Pickett,
 H. and Ross, M. The Active Temperature Ozone and Moisture Microwave 
 Spectrometer (ATOMMS), ECMWF GRAS SAF Workshop on GPS Radio Occultation.
 Shinfield Park, UK. 16-18 Jun.

BOOK REVIEWS
2017 Sammler, K. Book Review of Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea edited by 
 Mike Brown & Barbara Humberstone. The Canadian Geographer/Le Gographe 
 canadien, 61: e35-e36.
2015 Sammler, K. Territory as Political Technology - A review of The 
 Birth of Territory by Stuart Elden. Contrivers’ Review. March 2.
2013 Sammler, K. Book review: Island Enclaves: Offshoring, Creative 
 Governance and Subnational Island Jurisdictions. Cultural Geographies;
 Islanding Cultural Geographies 20(2): 262.
2013 Sammler, K. Book review: Island Enclaves: Offshoring, Creative 
 Governance and Subnational Island Jurisdictions. Current Issues in 
 Comparative Education; Education in Small States: Fragilities, 
 Vulnerabilities and Strengths 15(1): 181-183.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION
n.d. Sammler, K. & Lynch, C. Spaceport America: Contested Offworld Access
 and the Everyman Astronaut [Special issue: Human Rights and Critical 
 Geopolitics of Outer Spaces].
n.d. Sammler, K. The Rising Politics of Sea Level.
n.d. Sammler, K., House-Peters, L. Geoviscera: Unleashing the 
Subterranean.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
2013 Sammler, K., House-Peters, L. Tracing L.A.’s Marine Topographies: 
 Climate, Currents, & Calamari. Association of American Geographers 
 Newsletter 48(1).
AWARDS & HONORS

TEACHING AWARDS
2016 GPSC Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, $100.

PAPER AWARDS
2015 Sammler, K., From Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Privatization in
 the Vertical Commons. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers,
 Tom McKnight and Joan Clemens Award Outstanding Student Paper, $250.
2015 Sammler, K., Ocean Governance and Seabed Mineral Development in the
 South Pacific. Association of American Geographers Political Geography 
 Specialty Group, honorable mention, $150.
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

FELLOWSHIPS
2014 Investigating Ocean Territory & Resource Sovereignty Through Seabed
 Mining in South Pacific Island Nations (PI). National Science Foundation
East Asia Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI), New Zealand, $5,000. 
 Matching funds provided by Royal Society of New Zealand, $3,200.
2014 Environmental Governance of the Deep: Pacific Seabed Mining. Social 
 Science Research CouncilDissertation Proposal Development Fellowship: 
 Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites & Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry,
 $5,000.
2009 Graduate Research Fellow–Environmental Sustainability. Science 
 Foundation Arizona, $30,000.

RESEARCH GRANTS
2016 Legal Construction of Ocean Jurisdictions. Chancellor’ s Office 
 Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award (RSCA), CSU. $1,500.
2014 Environmental Governance of the Deep: Pacific Seabed Mining. Social
 & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute–Dissertation grant, UA. $1,500.
2014 Environmental Governance of the Deep: Pacific Seabed Mining. 
 Graduate and Professional Student Council, UA, $1,000.

INSTRUCTIONAL GRANTS
2017 Travel funding for undergraduate students to attend and present 
 research at the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers annual 
 conference in Chico, CA. Instructionally Related Activities Grant (IRA),
 CSU Maritime. $1,750.
2017 Course Redesign of GMA 105: Ocean Politics for increased retention.
 Provost’s Curriculum Redesign Grant, CSU Maritime. $1,000.
2016 GPS Coastline Measurement and Mapping. Purchase of handheld GPS 
 units to use in new course: GIS Mapping & Spatial Analysis 395. 
 Instructionally Related Activities Grant (IRA), CSU Maritime. $1,500.

TRAVEL GRANTS
2016, 2017 CSU Maritime Provost Presentation Fund. $500.
2016 CSU Maritime Academy-Wide Faculty Development Funds. $500.
2016 AAG-NSF junior scholar travel grant to attend the International 
 Geographical Union in Beijing, China. $2,000.
2015, 2012 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers–Women’s Network. 
 $200.
2015–2011 Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona. $500.
2014 Islands of the World Conference–Penghu Island, Taiwan. $1500.
2014–2011Graduate and Professional Student Council University of Arizona.
 $500.
INVITED TALKS
2017 Follow The Drop: A Hydro-Social Tour Of California H20, Visions of the 
Wild, Lecture Tour on the Carquinez Strait, 10 Sep.
2017 Measurement and Meaning: Rising Sea Levels and Sinking Elevations. 
 Blue Room Lecture Series, San Francisco Maritime National Historical 
 Park, 29 Jul.
2017 Politics & Impacts of Seabed Mining & The Rising Politics of Sea Level.
International training program for Huaihai Institute of Technology, San 
Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning, 21 Jul.
2017 An Oceanic Gaze. University of California Berkeley, Office of 
 Resources for International and Area Studies, The View from the Sea: 
 Oceans in World History Summer Institute for k-12 Educators, 28 Jun.
2012, 2011 Interact with Air, Land, & Sea. AZK-12 Center: STEM Camp.
WORKSHOPS

INVITED
2017 Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, The Baldy Center for 
 Law and Social Policy, Buffalo, NY, 23–24 Feb.
2016 Oceanic Ecologies and Imaginaries. UC Irvine, CA, 26 Jun–2 Jul.
2016 Critical Physical Geography: Proposals. Slow Science Institute, 
 Berkeley, CA, 26–28 Mar.
2015 Critical Physical Geography: Defining a Discipline. Chicago, IL, 
 18-20 Apr.
2010 Weather and Society*Integrated Studies. National Center for 
 Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO.
2008 4th Asian Space Conference & FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC. University 
 Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Normal Taiwan University, 
 Taipei, Taiwan.
CONFERENCES   

PAPERS PRESENTED
2017 Sammler, K., Lynch, C. Spaceport America: Contested Offworld Access
 and the Everyman Astronaut. American Association of Geographers Annual 
 Meeting, Boston, MA, 5–9, Apr.
2017 Sammler, K. Material, Technical, and Political Constructions of Sea 
 Level. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston MA, 
 5-9, Apr.
2016 Sammler, K. Critical Physical Geography of Sea Level. Association of
 Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Portland OR, 5–9 Oct.
2016 Sammler, K. Territory, Sovereignty and Political Geometry in the 
 Pacific Ocean. International Geographical Congress, Beijing, China, 
 21–25 Aug.
2016 Sammler, K. Common Heritage or Private Commodity: Political 
 Geography of Sea, Air, & Space. Association of American Geographers, 
 San Francisco CA, 29 Mar–02 Apr.
2015 Sammler, K. From Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Privatization in 
 the Vertical Commons. APCG, Palm Springs CA, 21–24 Oct.
2015 Sammler, K. Subsuming the Submerged: Producing Seabeds as Political
 Territories. Association of American Geographers, Chicago IL, 21–25 Apr.
2015 Sammler, K. Knowing the Abyss: Seeking Geographies of Ocean Space. 
 Oceans and Deserts: Charting Transdisciplinary Currents in Environment 
 and Culture within the Arts and Sciences, Tucson AZ 6–7 Mar.
2014 Sammler, K. Emerging Resource Management Strategies and Deep Seabed
 Mining in South Pacific Island Nations. Islands of the World Conference,
 Penghu Archipelago, Taiwan 22–27 Sep.
2014 Sammler, K. The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral 
 Development. Association of American Geographers, Tampa FL 8–12 Apr.
2014 Sammler, K. Sovereignty Submerged: Deep Sea Mining, Governance, & 
 Accumulation in the Pacific. Dimensions of Political Ecology, Lexington
 KY 27 Feb–1 Mar.
2013 Sammler, K. Ruin Spreads Over the Deep: The Production and 
 Materiality of Ocean Space. Association of American Geographers, Los 
 Angeles CA 9–13 Apr.
2012 Sammler, K. Redolent of Spheres: On Ocean Law and Sovereignty. 
 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Olympia WA 3–6 Oct.

POSTERS PRESENTED
2012 Sammler, K. Aquatic Imaginaries: Navigating Marine Debris. 
 Association of American Geographers, New York NY 24–28 Feb.
2010 Sammler, K., Hirschboeck, K. Flood Hydroclimatology Data as a Nexus
 for Stakeholder Interaction. Association of American Geographers, 
 Washington D.C., 14–18 Apr.
2009 Sammler, K., Kursinski, E.R., Ward, D. Profiling Ozone Via Radio 
 Occultation. American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA 14–18 Dec.

SESSIONS ORGANIZED
2017 Multispheres: Legal & Political Geographies of Geophysical 
 Interfaces, I & II. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting,
 Boston, MA, 5–9, Apr.
2016 Point, Line, Plane, Volume: Increasing Dimensionality in Geographic 
 Inquiry I & II. Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA,
 29 Mar–02 Apr.
2013 Writing Spaces of Exception: The Implications of Illegible 
 Geographies. Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA 9–13 
 Apr.

DISSUSANT 
2017 Critical Geographies of Subsurface, Sky, and Other Inscrutable 
 Spaces. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA,
 5–9, Apr.
2012 Author Meets Critics: Island Enclaves by Godfrey Baldacchino. 
 Association of American Geographers, New York, NY 24–28 Feb.
CAMPUS TALKS
2015 Seabed Mining Prospects in New Zealand. Society of Earth Science 
 Students, geosciences undergraduate club, University of Arizona.
 TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Ocean Politics fall 2016, 2017.
Environmental Policy fall 2016, fall 2017.
Comparative Maritime Policies spring 2017.
GIS Mapping & Spatial Analysis spring 2017.
Comparative Politics fall 2016.
Our Changing Climate winter 2015: online.
Our Dynamic Landscape fall 2012, 2015.
Introduction to Physical Geography fall 2014, summer 2015: online.
Environment and Society winter 2013: online.
Computer Cartography summer 2011.

STUDY ABROAD
International Experience Trip Lead, 28 Global Studies & Maritime Affairs 
 and International Business & Logistics student in Vietnam, 3 weeks 2017.

LAB INSTRUCTOR
Geographic Apps. of Remote Sensing spring 2012.
GIS for Natural & Social Sciences spring 2012.
Introduction to Remote Sensing fall 2011.

TEACHING ASSISTANT
Our Diverse Biosphere spring 2016.
The Political and Cultural Geography of Globalization spring 2015.
Introduction to Sustainable Development spring 2015.
Weather and Climate fall 2007, spring 2008.

MENTORSHIP
2017 Nancy Orr, undergraduate research assistant, “Legal Construction 
 of Ocean Jurisdictions.”
SERVICE & OUTREACH

PROFESSIONAL
2017 Ad Hoc Reviewer – Environment and Planning A.
2015 Ad Hoc Reviewer – Island Studies Journal.
2015 Invited Speaker – National Science Foundation: East Asia Pacific 
 Summer Institute orientation, Arlington, VA 2–3 Apr.

UNIVERSITY
2017-18 The Institution-Wide Assessment Council – assessment of 
 institution-wide academic student learning outcomes , CSU Maritime.
2017 Search Committee – Global Studies & Maritime Affairs Chair, CSUM.
2016-17 Faculty Learning Committee – department learning assessment 
 implementation, CSU Maritime.
2015 Search committee – Associate Dean for Research. Social & Behavioral
 Sciences, University of Arizona.
2015 Poster presented – New Waves in the Ocean: Environmental Governance
 Challenges of Seabed Mining in the Pacific. University of Arizona: GPSC 
 Grant Winner Expo 23 Oct, Institute of the Environment Grad Blitz 3 Nov,
 Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs Research Showcase 10 Dec.
2011–2015 Travel Grant Judge – Graduate & Professional Student Council, 
 University of Arizona.
2011 Development Committee – School of Geography and Development, 
 University of Arizona. Newsletter, alumni fundraising.

COMMUNITY
2017 Maritime Film Festival organizer, CSU Maritime.
2014 Presentation for McGuinness Foundation & stakeholders, Wellington, 
 NZ.
2012 Science Fair Judge, South Side Community School, Tucson, AZ.
2010 Founder, Tucson Aquatic Enthusiast Society & Aquatic Syndicate.
2008 Volunteer SuomiNet GPS precipitable water vapor weather station 
 installation. Yuma, AZ.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Association of American Geographers
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
International Small Islands Studies Association
LANGUAGE
Spanish reading: good, writing: good, speaking: conversational.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS
COMPUTER SKILLS ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, Fortran, GrADS, IDL, iWork,
 LaTeX, Mathematica, Matlab, Microsoft Office, Nvivo, Unix.   
OTHER 
2015 Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Course in 
 Effective Teaching Practices 
2008 CITI Human Subjects Training, renewed 2013 
2008 PADI open water SCUBA 
Screen printing and design
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