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The Chebeague Climate Action Team is excited to introduce Chebeague’s new Resilience Corps Fellow, Maya Shyevitch!

and ecology researcher for the Appalachian Mountain Club in northern New Hampshire, where she has worked in various roles since 2019. As a Resilience Corps Fellow, Maya is excited to bring her geospatial skills from the world of ecology to municipal sustainability planning and to learn about coastal Maine through the lens of climate resilience and local action. Maya arrived in January and hit the ground running helping the Town compile storm damage documentation for FEMA, mapping storm impacted sites, and working with the Chebeague Climate Action Team on the next stage of the Groundwater Sustainability Study. Maya lives in Portland and will be working both on the island and remotely to support many aspects of the island’s climate resilience work. Given the recent storm events, we feel extremely fortunate to have her on board. Stay tuned for more to come The Resilience Corps, a partnership between the Greater Portland Council of Governments and AmeriCorps, advances regional resilience and climate action for local government offices, regional planning organizations, and non-profit agencies in the Greater Portland area in efforts towards regional resilience. Resilience Corps Members assist projects related to climate, environmental planning, coastal resilience, and sustainability. The Resilience Corps adds much needed capacity to help communities in the region adapt and proactively build greater resilience to climate change. on Maya’s work with Chebeague. What is the Resilience Corps?

Maya is originally from West Newton, Massachusetts. She recently graduated from McGill University with a degree in Environmental Sustainability and a minor in Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing. She is drawn to the way that geospatial analysis brings together science and art by combining a diverse array of data sources, including data sourced by citizen science projects, to create nuanced yet visually appealing displays. In college, she completed an honors thesis on wildlife habitation patterns and range shifts in southern Arizona and had the honor of presenting her research at the 2023 American Association of Geographers conference. Her interest in anthropogenic change, climate resilience, and place-based work was fostered during her time working as a naturalist intern in southern Utah for the Canyonlands Field Institute and as a backcountry naturalist



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