Ashley Meredith, M.A.
Ashley Meredith is a cultural anthropologist based in the Federated States of Micronesia. She works closely with the FSM National Government in unison with the State Historic Preservation Offices. Together, they integrate local culture with conservation and climate adaptation planning, development, and emergency preparedness for the country’s heritage resources. She’s designed and implemented a number of ethnographic surveys, including traditional routes, socio-political organization, subsistence, funerals and burial practices, ethnozoology, and economic planning and development. Her research interests include sound knowledge as it pertains to epistemology, ethnometeorology, heritage management and conservation, and ethics and field methodologies. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with an MA in Anthropology and specialized in applied anthropology. Prior to Alaska, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Hawai’i in Hilo and a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Mercer University. Within the SoundKnowledge project, Ashley is conducting research about music and climate change in the FSM in collaborationwith the Kosrae State Historic Preservation Office.