Academic Focus Area: Braiding Indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledge
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Advisor: Kyle Powys Whyte
Marie Schaefer is a PhD student in Community Sustainability at Michigan State University, a founding member of the MSU Indigenous Graduate Student Collective and a Graduate Fellow of the Northeast Climate Science Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Eastern Michigan University, a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and is an Anishinaabekwe (Odawa) from Michigan. Marie has had the honor of working with Tribes across the United States. Her work focuses on traditional or indigenous knowledges revitalization especially manoomin (wild rice) revitalization as well as braiding indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledge using community-based participatory approaches. She works to bridge knowledge systems and understand how collaborations between knowledge systems can contribute to sustainable futures for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.