Maya Fields

Graduate Student

Location

Climate & Space Research Building University of Michigan 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143

Research Interests

I study the impacts of the changing climate on the cryosphere, capabilities of current atmospheric and oceanic global climate models in projecting future polar conditions, ice shelf surface processes and fracturing, ice/atmosphere interactions, and formation of icy moons.

Additionally, I am committed to advocating for women in STEM, enhancing inclusivity, and fostering mentorship within the interdisciplinary network to empower the next generation of scientists.

Education

Ph.D. – University of Michigan ( Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering) – Expected May 2026

B.S. – University of Maryland (Atmospheric and Oceanic Science ) with Honors – May 2021

B.S. – University of Maryland (Astrophysics ) – May 2021

College Park Scholars – Science Discovery and the Universe Certificate – December 2019

Academic Honors and Awards

Research Experience

Jeremy Bassis’ Vintage Glaciology Group – August 2022 – Present Graduate Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Mark Moldwin’s Magnetics Laboratory (MagLab) – August 2022 – Present Graduate Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Cheng Li’s Planetary Sciences Laboratory – August 2021 – August 2022 Graduate Student Researcher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Detection and EUV Flare Tracking (DEFT)  – May 2020 – May 2021 Researcher, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Gemini Atmospheric Survey Experiment (GASEx) – November 2018 – May 2020 Researcher, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

NASA Plume Research – October 2017 – November 2018 Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Presentations

Oral

Fields, M., Wroblewski, A., Cowger, D., Taylor, J., Kunz, M. (2019). Star Formation Rate Due to Accretion in NGC 772 Versus Star Formation Rate Due to a Collision in PGC 2248. University of Maryland Open House Night. College Park, MD.

Fields, M. (2019, July 20). Lightning: When Nature Attacks! First Look at the Gemini Atmospheric Survey Experiment: GASEX. Gemini Observatory, Hilo, HI.

Fields, M. and Bassis, J. N., Moldwin, M. B., & Kachuck, S. B. (2023). Forecasting the onset of surface melt over Antarctic ice shelves using CMIP6 models. AGU23

Poster

Fields, M. (2020, January 12-16). Life and DEFT: Space Weather Preparedness. Virtual American Metrological Society (AMS) Conference.

Fields, M. (2020, December 1-17). Life and DEFT: Space Weather Preparedness. Virtual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference.

Fields, M. (2020, August18-19). Life and DEFT: Space Weather Preparedness. Virtual Solar Physics Division (SPD) Conference.

Volunteer Experience

Co-Facilitator of Climate Bits and Bites: A Climate Discussion Space – October 2023 – Present University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Climate and Space Science and Engineering Volunteer Committee – August 2023 – Present Student Representative, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Climate and Space Science and Engineering Curriculum Committee – August 2023 – Present Student Representative, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

President of Graduate and Undergraduate Student Organization – August 2022 – Present University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Vice President of American Meteorological Society – August 2020- May 2021 University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Teaching Experience

Graduate Student Instructor for CLIMATE105: Our Changing Atmosphere – January 2024 – Present University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Grader for CLIMATE321: Earth and Space Systems  – January 2022 – May 2022 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Teaching Assistant for CPSD200: Public Perception of Science – August 2020 – May 2021 University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Teaching Assistant for CPSD100: Science and Pseudoscience – August 2019 – May 2020 University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Teaching Assistant for ASTRO230: The Science and Fiction of Planetary Systems – August 2018 University of Maryland, College Park, MD