Mission Statement

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.

Current Research:

Ento-Geomorphology of Tafoni

Combining my interest in creepy-crawlies and geomorphology, this on-going project explores the complex relationship between insect/arachnid activity and cavernous rock decay, i.e. tafoni. 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. 

Al-Hisma Rock Art Rangers Initiative

As Project Director and Lead-PI for the USAID-sponsored SCHEP project in Wadi Rum, Jordan, I've had the honor to help engage local communities in developing strategies to manage their priceless cultural heritage resources (ancient engravings, petroglyphs, and inscriptions), as well as their amazing homeland that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its cultural and natural features.

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U.S. Scholar Fulbright Fellowship

I am very much enjoying my service as a Fulbright Scholar (Research) to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Sept 2019 to July 2020). My work centers on recreating historic photographs from the late 19th and early-20th centuries of Jordan's most iconic destination: the ancient city of Petra. These temporal comparisons will help visualize landscape change and inform current tourism management policies in the park. 

kaelin.groom@asu.edu

© 2019 by Kaelin M. Groom, PhD

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