Katherine G. Sammler

About Katherine G. Sammler

Political geography, resource governance, environment and society, ocean/island studies - Pacific, critical theory, critical physical geography, remote sensing, GIS.

Areas of Study

Marine governance in New Zealand and the broader South Pacific, seabed mining, territorialization of sea, air, and space, political geography, environment and society, Geographic Information Systems, and remote sensing.

Research Interests

Conflicting territorialization and sovereignty claims offshore and offplanet, including seabed mining governance in New Zealand and the broader Pacific. Meta analysis of Law of the Sea and Outer Space Treaty investigating the material influence of vertical territory in the legal construction and practical management of vast, unruly volumes of space. Looking up from seabeds, airspace and outerspace as analogous "frontiers" under sister treaties claiming "common heritage" over these global commons.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Sammler, K. (forthcoming). “Kauri and the Whale: Alternative Ontolo- gies of Environmental Politics” in I. Braverman and E. Johnson (eds.), Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Sammler, K. (2016). "The Deep Pacific: Island Governance and Seabed Mineral Development." Ed. Elaine Stratford, Island Geographies: Essays and Conversations. Routledge Studies in Human Geography Series.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Conference Proceedings


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

Kursinski E.R., Ward D., Otarola A. C., McGhee J., Stovern M., Sammler K., Reed H., Erickson D., McCormick C., Griggs E., (2016). Atmospheric profiling via satellite to satellite occultations near water and ozone absorption lines for weather and climate.  SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium Proceedings, New Delhi, India 4-7 Apr. doi:10.1117/12.2224038.

Sammler, K. (2015). From Ocean Abyss to Vacuum of Space: Privatization in the Vertical Commons. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Palm Springs, CA 21-24 Oct.

Sammler, K. (2014) Emerging Resource Management Strategies and Deep Seabed Mining in South Pacific Island Nations. Islands of the World Conference. Penghu, Taiwan 22–27 Sep.

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., (2010). Laboratory and Ground Testing Results from ATOMMS: the Active Temperature, Ozone and Moisture Microwave Spectrometer. 21st Intl. Symposium on Space TeraHertz Technology, Oxford, 23-25 Mar. 

Sarmad. A. H., C. Groppi, C. Walker, M. Schein, S. Bell, B. Wheelwright, C. Drouet d’Aubigny, A. Young, D. Golish, E. R. Kursinski, A. Otarola, D. Ward, K. Sammler, W. Bertiger, M. Miller, H. Pickett (2009). 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). Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Space Terahertz Tech- nology, Charlottesville, VA 20-22 Apr.

Kursinski, E. R. , D.Ward, A. Otarola, K. Sammler, R. Frehlich, D. Rind, C. Groppi, S. Albanna, M. Shein, W. Bertiger, H. Pickett and M. Ross (2008), 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

Sammler, K. (2017). Book review of Seascapes: Shaped by the Sea edited by Mike Brown and Barbara Humberstone. The candian Geographer.

Sammler, K. (2015). Territory as Political Technology href="http://www.contrivers.org/reviews/11/">of The Birth of Territory: by Stuart Elden. Contrivers' Review. http://www.contrivers.org. March 2, 2015.Sammler, K., House-Peters, L. (2013). Tracing L.A.’s Marine Topographies: Climate, Currents, and Calamari. Association of American Geographers Newsletter 48(1). 

Sammler, K. (2013). Book review: Island Enclaves: Offshoring, Creative Governance and Subnational Island JurisdictionsCultural Geographies, Islanding Cultural Geographies 20(2): 262 & Current Issues in Comparative Education, Education in Small States: Fragilities, Vulnerabilities and Strengths 15(1): 181-183.

Other Publications

Sammler, K. House-Peters, L. Tracing L.A.'s Marine Topographies: Cliamte, Currents, and Calamari Association of American Geographers Newsletter 48(1).

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Contact Information

Katherine G. Sammler


Ph.D. Geography, 2016, The University of Arizona
Graduate Certificate in GIS, 2012, The University of Arizona
M.S., 2009, Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona
B.S., 2005, Physics, University of Oregon

Dissertation Title

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

Courses Taught

Primary Instructor
GEOG 150C Environment & Society
GEOG 170A Intro to Physical Geog
GEOG 230  Our Changing Climate 
GEOG 240 Dynamic Landscape
GEOG 416A Computer Cartography
STEM Camp: Act and Interact with Air, Land, & Sea, AZ K-12 Center
Lab Instructor
GEOG 330 Intro to Remote Sensing
GEOG 417/517 GIS for Natural & Social Sciences
GEOG 483/583 Geographic Applications of Remote Sensing
Teaching Assistant
NATS 101 Weather and Climate
GEOG 210 Political & Cultural Geography of Globalization
GEOG 302 Introduction to Sustainable Development