Sarah Zigler

Sarah Bess Jones Zigler is a PhD candidate in the Marine Science and Conservation program at the Duke Marine Lab. Her background is as an environmental anthropologist and her current interests include political ecology, postcolonial theory, science and technology studies, and decolonizing methodologies. Her current research is in Rapa Nui (formerly known as Easter Island, Chile) working with indigenous social movement leaders to study how marine conservation practice can (and cannot) encompass multiple ways of knowing/being/performing what exists in ‘nature’ to be conserved. Her dissertation explores how environmental conflicts point to a politics over what exists (ontological conflict) and the denial or erasure of the ontological nature of these politics is a key limitation to the expression of indigenous rights.

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