University of Alberta Professor Maya Bhatia Dies

Last Updated on August 23, 2023, 6:24 am

University of Alberta Professor Maya Bhatia tragically passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, while conducting fieldwork on an island.

Maya Bhatia Died
Maya Bhatia (Source: Facebook)

Maya Bhatia died due to the tragedy at the Grise Fiord in the Inuit hamlet on the southern top of Ellesmere Island.

According to sources like SNBC and others, the deadly occurrence reportedly occurred on August 16, 2023, in a small Inuit community south of Ellesmere Island.

Bhatia is believed to have lost her life after receiving injuries, while more recent details concerning the tragedy are unclear. Maya passed away unexpectedly, and her age is unknown at the time of her demise.

Climate Action Coalition at the University of Alberta announced her death on Facebook and stated:

“This is very sad, and a great loss for climate research at the UAlberta. Professor Maya Bhatia died August 16 while doing fieldwork in Grise Fiord (Aujuittuq), Nunavut.”

As we grieve alongside family and friends for this significant loss, words can’t adequately express our sorrow for your loss. The passing of this young being deeply saddened us.

About Maya Bhatia

Maya Bhatia was a Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor at the University of Alberta.

Maya Bhatia was interested in the interactions between climate, bacteria, and the global carbon cycle. Her career path reflects her motivation to resolve these problems.

For her MSc thesis, the University of Alberta’s associate professor, Maya Bhatia, studied the history of bacterial populations that lived beneath a high Arctic glacier.

She continued her research into the development of Earth during her NASA planetary biology internship at the Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

She investigated how the planet’s global biogeochemical cycles maintain the circulation of crucial components and life.

In October 2017, she was appointed an Assistant Professor with a CAIP chair in Watershed Science by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta.

Professor Maya Bhatia was well-liked in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

According to media reports, Maya was a mother of two children. However, her details are not found socially. Funeral and burial details have not been released publicly.

Prayers for Maya, “Rest in Peace.”

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