Department of Geography
Advisor: Dr. Nik Heynen
Climate communication, hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, community engagement, climate policy, social vulnerability, risk communication
Jill Gambill is pursuing a PhD in Integrative Conservation and Geography at the University of Georgia. She has worked with communities throughout the Southeastern United States to plan for flooding and sea level rise. Her diverse research interests include risk communication, hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, public engagement and climate policy, with a particular focus on rural, socially vulnerable and marginalized communities. Jill is co-author of Georgia’s first sea level rise plan, which was unanimously adopted by Tybee Island City Council in April 2016. This project received the National Sea Grant Program’s highest award for outreach in 2014, as well as regional and state recognitions. In 2016, Jill and her project partners received Georgia Trend magazine’s “Four for the Future” Award for their efforts to improve flood resiliency in St. Marys, GA. Jill also collaborated to receive the 2011 CASE National Gold Award for media relations following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Before tackling Georgia’s environmental challenges, she served as a political and economic reporter in Venezuela. Jill has an M.A. degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney in Australia and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Cardiff University in Wales.