Dara Craig

University of Oregon

Received Sylff fellowship in 2023
Academic supervisor: Mark Carey
Current affiliation: University of Oregon

Dara is a PhD candidate at the University of Oregon in the Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy Program. As a non-Indigenous person, she focuses on coastal and fisheries co-management, relationships between marine conservation and settler colonialism, and supporting Indigenous self-determination. More specifically, her dissertation research centers around a coastal co-management initiative in Aotearoa and its impacts on cultural health, mauri (life force), and Māori sovereignty. She is gratefully a member of the Glacier Lab for the Study of Ice and Society, and she also assists with the UW Tribal Water Security Network and the PNW Tribal Climate Change Project through the PNW Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice. Before attending the University of Oregon, Dara received her BA in Anthropology and Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology from Vanderbilt University and worked a number of seasonal jobs--as a teaching assistant for an earth systems field camp in Aotearoa, a scientific diver for a coral restoration initiative in Indonesia, and a director of a marine science and service program in the British Virgin Islands.


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