Dissertation: National Governance Of Ocean Volumes, 2014-2016

National Governance Of Offshore Volumes: Challenging Geometries, Geopolitics And Geophysicalities

Principle Investigator

2014 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 Social Science Research Council — Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship: Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites & Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry, $5,000.

2014 Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Arizona — Dissertation Grant. $1,500.

2014 Graduate andProfessional Student Council, University of Arizona — Research and Project Grant. $1,000.

Jeffrey Banister

May 2014 – July 2016

Dissertation research on emerging political seascapes in the face of new seabed mining industries. I spent 4 months consulting archival sources and conducting stakeholder interviews in New Zealand and Fiji in 2014.


Book Chapters

Sammler, K. (in review). “Kauri and The Whale: Environmental Ontology in Aotearoa New Zealand” in I. Braverman and E.Johnson (eds.), Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, Durham: Duke University Press.

Sammler, K. (2017). “The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development” in E. Stratford (ed.), Island Geographies: Essays and ConversationsRoutledge Studies in Human Geography. New York, NY: Routledge.

Conference Proceedings

Sammler, KFrom Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Privatization in the Vertical CommonsAssociation of Pacific Coast Geographers, Palm Springs, CA 21-24 Oct.

2014 Sammler, K. Emerging Resource Management Strategies and Deep Seabed Mining in South Pacific Island NationsIslands of the World Conference, Penghu, TW 22–27 Sep.

Manuscripts in Preparation

n.d. Sammler, KSubmerged Territory: Extending Continental Shelf Claims.

n.d. Sammler, K. From Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Territorialization in the Vertical Commons.

Paper Awards

2015 Sammler, K., Ocean Governance and Seabed Mineral Development in the South Pacific. Association of American Geographers Political Geography Specialty Group, honorable mention, $150.

Papers Presented

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

2015 Sammler, K. New waves in the ocean: environmental governance challenges of seabed mining in the Pacific. Presented at multiple University of Arizona outreach events: Graduate and Professional Student Council: Student Showcase, 23 Oct.; Institute of the Environment: Grad Blitz, 3 Nov.; Graduate InterDisciplinary Program: Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, 10 Dec.