Student Spotlight

Maya Buchanan
Maya Buchanan
Salt Lake City, UT
WWS offers the range and depth of expertise critical for interdisciplinary research.


Maya grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She started her career developing integrated water resources projects for the World Conservation Union, the United Nations and CDM engineering in Jordan. As a Fulbright Fellow, she modeled water scarcity amidst climate change. Maya later worked on federal sustainability and Earth science projects for the Architect of the Capitol, Department of Energy, and NASA. Most recently, she worked for the White House Subcommittee on Global Change Research on developing the U.S. Government’s priorities in advancing climate science and informing decision makers. Maya’s research interests lie in optimizing resilience to climate change impacts, particularly to sea level rise in the face of multiple economic and social stressors.