About

I am an environmental anthropologist living in New York City, and currently a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University.  My research is broadly concerned with how deep spaces are imagined, explored, inhabited, and claimed by indigenous communities, recreational travelers, and scientists.  Having experienced a small fragment of the world’s oceans through over a decade of work in the dive industry, I look to the figure of the shark as a guide to deep sea space–one that inspires unique approaches to physical, political, and philosophical questions.  Through annual ethnographic fieldwork with the renowned Shark Callers of Papua New Guinea, my research contributes 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).

This website is a source of news, essays (mine and others), and various other artworks that relate to SharksSailing (including my ongoing restoration of a 1974 Contest 33′ sailboat), and the Sites where I work.

Patrick Nason

Patrick Nason