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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

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
n.d. Sammler, K. (in revision) The Rising Politics of Sea Level: 
 Territorial Impacts of Coastal Baselines.
n.d. Sammler, K. & Lynch, C. (accepted). Spaceport America: Contested
 Offworld Access and the Everyman Astronaut. Geopolitics. Special 
 issue: Human Rights and Critical Geopolitics of Outer Space.

BOOK CHAPTERS
2018 Sammler, K. (forthcoming). “Kauri and the Whale: Oceanic Matter 
 and Meaning in New Zealand” in I. Braverman and E. Johnson (eds.),
 Blue Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, Durham, NC: Duke 
 University Press.
2017 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., Colonialism and Space Science atop Hawaiin Mountains.
n.d. Sammler, K., Atmospheric water within a hydrosocial framework.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
2018 Sammler, K., Vibranium and the Super Nature of Earthly Materials.
 Museum of the Moving Image: Sloan Science & Film.
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
2018 From mountains to sea: Sovereignty and Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand.
 CSU Chancellor's Office Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Award 
 (RSCA). $5,000.
2017 Colonial pasts and futures atop Hawaii's sacred peaks. CSU RSCA. $4,300.
2016 Legal Construction of Ocean Jurisdictions. CSU RSCA. $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
2018 AAG-NSF junior scholar. International Geographical Union, Quebec 
 City, Canada. $1,400.
2016 AAG-NSF junior scholar travel grant to attend the International 
 Geographical Union in Beijing, China. $2,000.
2016, 2017 CSU Maritime Provost Presentation Fund. $500.
2016 CSU Maritime Academy-Wide Faculty Development Funds. $500.
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 SPEAKER
2018 Drawing a Line in the Sand: Boundary Making, Seabed Mining & 
 Dispossession off New Zealand’s Coast. Leibniz Center for Tropical 
 Research. Bremen, Germany, 20 Jun.
2018 New Frontiers: Extractivism & Activism. Mining the Deep Sea 
 Frontier, New Museum Triennial: Songs of Sabotage. New York, NY, 
 17 Feb.
2017 The Rising Politics of Sea Level. International training program for 
 Delegation from Hainan Province, San Francisco State University, College 
 of Extended Learning, 25 Sep.
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 Impacts of Seabed Mining. 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.
CONFERENCES   

PAPERS PRESENTED
2018 Sammler, K. Colonial Pasts and Futures atop Mauna Loa and Mauna 
 Kea.International Geographical Union Regional Conference, Quebec 
 City, Canada 6–10 Aug.
2018 Sammler, K. Drawing a Line in the Sand: The Rising Politics of 
 Sea Level. Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practices, 
 and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy. Max Planck 
 Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, 21-22 Jun.
2018 Sammler, K. Meta Earth, virtual Mars: Science and colonialism 
 on Hawaiian mountains tops. Islands of the World. Frisian Islands, 
 The Netherlands, 10–14 Jun.
2018 Sammler, K. Ship Ballast as a Human Current. American Association
 of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. New Orleans LA, 10-14 Apr.
2017 Sammler, K. Fog, clouds, and rain: Incorporating the atmosphere 
 into a hydrosocial framework. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers 
 (APCG) Annual Meeting, Chico CA, 26--28 Oct.
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. AAG, 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
2018 J. Swann-Quinn & Sammler, K. Assembling Benthic Power. American 
 Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 3--7, Apr.
2017 K. Sammler & Z. Sugg. 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.

DISCUSSANT
2018 Critical Approaches to Ocean Planning. American Association of 
 Geographers, New Orleans, LA, 10-14 Apr.
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

2018 Intersections of Geopolitics and Geophysics in Oceans and 
 Atmospheres. Cal Maritime Scholar Series, CSU Maritime Academy, 
 Feb 27.
2015 Seabed Mining Prospects in New Zealand. Society of Earth Science 
 Students, geosciences undergraduate club, University of Arizona.
INVITED WORKSHOPS

2018 Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Shifting 
 Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practices, and Knowledge in 
 Environmental Science and Policy. Berlin, Germany, 21-22 Jun.
2017 National Science Foundation, Center for Research, Excellence, 
 and Diversity in Team Science (CREDITS). Lake Arrowhead, CA, 12–14 
 Oct.
2017 The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, Ocean Legalities: The
 Law and Life of the Sea. Buffalo, NY, 23–24 Feb.
2016 University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), 
 Oceanic Ecologies and Imaginaries. UC Irvine, CA, 26 Jun–2 Jul.
2016 Slow Science Institute, Critical Physical Geography: Proposal 
 Writing. Berkeley, CA, 26–28 Mar.
2015 Critical Physical Geography: Defining a Discipline. Chicago, IL,
 18-20 Ap.
2010 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Weather and Society*
 Integrated Studies. Boulder, CO, 5–13, Aug.
2008 University Corporation of Atmospheric Research, 4th Asian Space 
 Conference & FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC. Normal Taiwan Uni., Taipei, Taiwan.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PRIMARY INSTRUCTOR
Ocean Environmental Management spring 2018.
GIS Mapping & Spatial Analysis spring 2017, 2018. 
Ocean Politics fall 2016, 2017.
Environmental Policy fall 2016, fall 2017.
Comparative Maritime Policies 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
2019 International Experience Lead, New Zealand. 20 undergrads, 3 weeks.
2017 International Experience Lead, Vietnam. 28 undergraduates, 3 weeks.
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
2018 Ad Hoc Reviewer, Political Geography.
     Ad Hoc Reviewer, Routledge book proposal.
     Nominations Committee, Association of Pacific Coast Geographers.
     Women’s Network Committee Co-Chair, Association of Pacific Coast 
     Geographers.
     Reader, College Board AP Human Geography. 
     Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Social Science Journal.
     Ad Hoc Reviewer, Geography Compass.
     Proposal Review Panel, National Science Foundation.
2017 Ad Hoc Reviewer, Environment and Planning A.
2015 Ad Hoc Reviewer, Island Studies Journal.
UNIVERSITY
Present–2017 Political Action Committee Chair, California Faculty 
 Association, CSUM.
Present-2017 Political Action Coordinator, California Faculty 
 Association, CSUM.
Present-2017 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.
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
2018-17 Visions of the Wild. Film and Arts Festival, Vallejo, CA.
2018-17 Maritime Film Festival organizer, CSU Maritime.
2015 Space Society and science fiction reading group, Founder, Tucson,
 AZ.
2014 McGuinness Foundation & stakeholders, organizer and presenter. 
 Wellington, NZ.
2012 South Side Community School Science Fair, Judge, Tucson, AZ.
2010 Tucson Aquatic Enthusiast Society & Aquatic Syndicate, Founder. 
 Tucson, AZ.
2008 SuomiNet GPS precipitable water vapor weather station. Volunteer
 installation. Yuma, AZ.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
Association of American Geographers
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
International Geographical Union
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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