Fervently dedicated to fieldwork, discovery, and fusing art with science, my life’s mission—as a scholar and as a person—rests in understanding how our beautifully complex world all fits together, what makes it tick, and how to proactively conserve the landscapes of the past for the sake of the future through heritage science and cultural resource management. By maintaining an active and contributing role in each arena, my career is built upon passionately bridging the rift between education, policy, and scientific research.
Combining my interest in creepy-crawlies and geomorphology, this on-going project explores the complex relationship between insect/arachnid activity and larger landscapes and landforms. Using photogrammetric 3D-modeling programs, zoological profiles, and geomorphometric techniques, this research aims to shed more light on how even the smallest of creatures can have profound influence on the world around us.
U.S. Scholar Fulbright Fellowship
My time serving as Fulbright Scholar (Research) to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2019-2020) was a great honor and immensely rewarding. Work took place in Jordan's most iconic location: the ancient city of Petra. Months were spent precisely rephotographing historic images from the late 19th and early-20th centuries, with the end goal of informing tourism management policies in the park using comparative temporal landscape change visualization.
Al-Hisma Rock Art Rangers Initiative
As Project Director and Lead-PI for this USAID-sponsored SCHEP project in Wadi Rum, Jordan, I've had the honor to engage with local communities to help develop potential management strategies for their priceless cultural heritage resources (e.g., ancient engravings, petroglyphs, and inscriptions), as well as their amazing homeland designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its cultural and natural features.