The resilience of a wet meadow contrasted with a severely burned forest three years after the Cameron Peak Fire. Photo by Maya Daurio.
In the late summer of 2020, Colorado witnessed the largest wildfire in its history – the Cameron Peak Fire. This wildfire, which persisted for 112 days, burned over 208,000 acres of land while posing cascading consequences for people living in the Poudre Canyon community, including Maya and her family.
As a doctoral student in the Public Scholars Initiative at UBC, Maya Daurio received support from the Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) to expand research and community engagement efforts related to climate-enabled hazards. Using the fund, she is dedicated to fostering local community discussions around changes and impacts resulting from the wildfire.In our interview, Maya shares her experience of developing her research as an anthropologist living in a local community impacted by the wildfire. She discusses the personal nature of her research, and how the ArcGIS Hub she is developing can help with disaster recovery and bolster resilience in the community, highlighting the importance of fieldwork from an anthropological perspective.
Words by Ruitong Zhao, Digital Content Creator, Sustainability Hub.