Associate Research Scholar
Dr. Maya Almaraz is trained as a biogeochemist, specializing in carbon and nitrogen cycling as they relate to food production, nutrient pollution, and climate change. She is currently an Associate Research Scholar in Sustainable Food Systems at Princeton University, where she holds joint appointments in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The High Meadows Environmental Institute, and the School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to her current role, Maya worked as a Carbon Scientist with The Nature Conservancy and managed the Working Lands Innovation Center out of UC Davis. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow with World Wildlife Fund at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at UC Davis. Maya earned a B.A. in Public Health and a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and received her Ph.D. from Brown University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.