Kirsty Escalante is a Ph.D. student in Archaeology at Tulane University. She received her B.A. in Archaeological Studies from Yale University and her M.A. in Anthropology from Tulane. She studies Maya archaeology and conducts her dissertation research with the Proyecto Regional Arqueológico La Corona in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of northern Guatemala. Her research applies GIS analysis of recent lidar data to examine the relationship between infrastructure, settlement, and landscape. Kirsty is a Mellon Fellow in Tulane's Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship and is currently developing a community engagement project that makes archaeology accessible to local residents in Guatemala. She is passionate about increasing community engagement in archaeology, fostering appreciation for cultural heritage, and developing sustainable methods to curb archaeological looting.