Marie Schaefer, Ph.D.

Marie Schaefer

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Dr. Marie Schaefer is the Tribal Climate Strategies Research Scholar at the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center. Marie brings a unique perspective to the center as a transdisciplinary scientist whose work focuses on how collaborations between Indigenous knowledges and scientific knowledges can contribute to sustainable futures. She has over a decade of experience working with Tribal nations across the U.S. on a wide range of climate change research projects and is of Anishinaabe (Odawa) and European settler descent. As the Tribal Climate Strategies Research Scholar, Marie develops and conducts climate change research with Tribal nations across the Southeast CASC region. Marie is a founding member and now Advisory Council member of the Northeast Indigenous Climate Resilience Network, which convenes Indigenous nations and partners to engage in climate adaptation planning and action. Marie received a Ph.D. in Community Sustainability from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Applied Cultural Anthropology Northern Arizona University where she worked for the Hopi Tribe’s Hopi Cultural Preservation Office.