As a graduate and postgraduate researcher, my work explores the intersection of human impacts and cultural heritage with the natural environment. Initially investigating World War II sites in the Pacific Ocean, I learned that many of the historical sites did not holistically reflect indiginous voices. This includes the traditional ecological knowledge they have acquired which reflects thousands of years of expertise in surviving, often thriving, in these places whether a seemingly isolated Micronesian island or the diverse multi-climate region of today’s Southern California. Recognizing and honoring this knowledge in adapting has great value to our present management efforts.
Presently, my work primarily explores place based and transformative education strategies which foster environmental stewardship and empower high school students. Incorporating traditional ecological knowledge in interdisciplinary biology work increases access points which engage youth in this work and more accurately reflects the environmental and cultural history of the places we explore. In order to increase access points to content I am working with our Emergent Bilingual Student Coordinator to identify and overcome the barriers language learners may experience in the STEM classroom.
Research is listed chronologically, with most recent work first.
Speaking STEM, 2020
How can I increase all student access to the content and create a culture of engagement with new and abstract STEM concepts for my diverse needs team of students?
NOAA Marine Debris Conference, 2018
**Presentation: Interpreting Seabee Junkyard, Guam, USA
Holistic in situ interpretation of a submerged cultural heritage site. Conducted through the University of Guam focusing on environmental assessment, historical research, and outreach.
**Poster: Student Designed Experiments on Marine Debris: An Immersive Secondary Education
Multivocal Approach Paper, 2017
Jefferey, B., Palmer, K. A. The Need for a Multivocal Approach to Researching and Managing Guam's World War II Underwater Cultural Heritage. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NAUTICAL ARCHAEOLOGY 2017, 46, 164-178.(2017)
ARROYO DEBRIS SURVEY, 2016
Worked with students to develop a monitoring protocol for accumulation and standing stock debris surveying of upstream sites including the locally found arroyo habitat.
Masters Presentation and Report
**Presentation: February 2015
**Report: Palmer, K. A. (2015). Preservation and Interpretation Plan for Seabee Junkyard, Guam: A holistic in situ interpretation strategy inclusive of the cultural resources and natural environment at a submerged World War II site in Micronesia. (Unpublished Masters Project Report). University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam.