Patrick Nason

I am an environmental anthropologist and Ph.D. Candidate at Columbia University in the City of New York.  My current research is broadly concerned with Deep Spaces: areas where human cultures exist but human bodies cannot.  patricknason2016Specifically, I am interested in the deep sea and how it is imagined, explored, and claimed by indigenous communities, multinational corporations, and scientists.  Through annual ethnographic fieldwork with the renowned Shark Callers of Papua New Guinea, my work aims to contribute to locally-generated strategies for the preservation of biocultural diversity and indigenous sovereignty.  This and other projects have been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the legendary Explorer’s Club (FN 2015).

I also work as a yacht captain and divemaster, and am proficient in the operation, maintenance, and repair of power and sailing vessels of various size and build.  My current project is the complete restoration of a 1974 Contest 33′ sailboat, Pelagia.  

This website is a source of news, essays, and various other artworks related to anthropology, ships, and the sea.