Dorothee Schreiber

Membership:  2011/2012

Member Bio

Dorothee Schreiber joined the Rachel Carson Center in January 2011. Her research draws on critical theory, the anthropology of science, and environmental history to investigate Indigenous-settler conflicts over the environment. She has published articles on Indigenous resistance to salmon farming in British Columbia, aboriginal-state conflicts over fishing in Canada, the politics of traditional knowledge, and the history of anthropology in British Columbia. Her current research projects focus on (1) early twentieth century ethnobiology in British Columbia and how it intersected with Indigenous ecological understandings about land, governance and aboriginal rights (2) scientific forestry as it opened up new colonial possibilities for the management of Indigenous reserve lands, and (3) an ethnography of the scientific practice of polar bear population biology.


  • "'They Had a Deep Respect for the Earth:' Teaching Ethnoecology in the Settler-Canadian Classroom."  New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3, no. 3 ( 2010): 32-40.
  • "Glaciers Listen: A Review Essay and Response to Cole Harris." BC Studies 159 (Autumn 2008): 131-39.
  •  " 'A Liberal and Paternal Spirit:' Indian Agents and Native Fisheries in Canada." Ethnohistory 55, no. 1 (2008): 87-118.
  • Publications