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Maya K Buchanan

Woodrow Wilson School

Maya Buchanan is a PhD student in climate impacts and adaptation policy at Princeton, examining coastal adaptation for urban areas in the face of sea level rise and non-stationary flood impacts. Her objective is to improve decision-makers’ ability to plan for the future by understanding expected damages resulting from different adaptation responses to coastal threats, despite imprecise and variable parameterization of coupled natural and human systems. Her research focuses on modeling these systems to better understand limits to adaptation and optimal adaptation pathways. Maya studied economics and environmental science and policy as an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, and environmental engineering (water resources and systems optimization) as a master’s student at Johns Hopkins. Before starting her PhD, Maya was a liaison for the White House Subcommittee of Global Change Research and collaborator on a federal-private-academic partnership to model the risks of weather and climate extremes with the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Previously, she worked as an Earth science, energy, and water policy analyst respectively for NASA, the Department of Energy, the Architect of the Capital, and UNESCO’s Science Branch.