Jackie Yip

PhD Candidate


Jackie is working under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Chang at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Her current research focuses on developing a novel machine-learning based approach to generate sea-level rise impact scenarios that are spatially explicit and robust across large number of flood and land-use conditions. As a fellow of the MEOPAR and the UBC Bridge Program, her overarching goal in research is to use interdisciplinary research approaches to address environmental and public health issues. She holds an MSc in Meteorology from McGill University and BSc in Environmental and Biological Sciences from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interest lies in the intersection of climate adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and decision-making. Besides her dissertation research on sea-level rise impact modeling, she is also involved in the development of new online tools and methods that aim to support communities in their vulnerability and hazard risk reduction efforts. In 2013, she worked with the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health where she was involved in a knowledge mobilization initiative and the development of a climate change literacy online course designed for practitioners in developing nations. Outside work, Jackie enjoys cooking, traveling, throwing clay, and playing with her dog Bean.