We are very excited to report that Jill Gambill, PhD student in Geography and the Integrative Conservation (ICON) program, has recently been appointed faculty at UGA! She will be serving as the Coastal Community Resilience Specialist for UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Jill also recently co-authored Georgia’s first sea level rise plan, which was unanimously adopted by Tybee Island City Council in April 2016. Jill and fellow Geography/ICON PhD student Mariana Alfonso additionally were recognized through the 2016 “Four for the Future” Award from Georgia Trend magazine for their work in helping St. Marys, Georgia, improve its resiliency to flooding and sea level rise.
Jill was also awarded competitive travel funding from the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) at the University of South Carolina to attend two trainings in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 14 and 15, 2016. Courses are on Coastal Flood Risk Reduction and Hurricane Awareness, respectively, and are being delivered by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), which is based out of the University of Hawaii. The funding opportunity was released in an effort to increase regional collaboration and cross pollination in the Southeast United States and Caribbean. The approaches and tools learned in these workshops will be brought back to Georgia and implemented in UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s award-winning coastal resiliency program.
In addition to these major accomplishments, Jill has been asked to moderate a panel at an upcoming national AMS workshop in Washington D.C. on integrated water information and management needs for coastal resilience, which takes place Sept. 27–28, 2016.
Update 9/6/16: The sea-level rise plan that Jill co-wrote for Tybee Island was mentioned in a New York Times article this past weekend: “Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun.”