Rebeka Ryvola is a Research Associate with Ecologic Institute US. She examines environmental issues from the intersection of science and society, most interested in sustainable development and ecosystem services. Born in the Czech Republic and educated in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), she is fluent in English and Czech, has an intermediate understanding of French and Spanish.
She currently is a freelance consultant at the World Bank & Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre focused on resilience-building & recovery processes in areas of climate-related disaster, agricultural development, and forced human migration.
Previously, she was a Researcher (November 2011 to July 2012), and an Intern (July – November 2011) at Ecologic Institute US. Rebeka Ryvola researched and wrote about a wide range of environmental policy areas, and assisted with event and study tour planning. She helped organize the inaugural Ecologic Arctic Summer College where she studied and presented on the Arctic's indigenous populations and black carbon impacts. She also helped put on the European Commission-funded I-CITE study tour "Transformation of Industrial Regions and Opportunities for their Sustainable Development". This study tour explored sustainable urban revitalisation initiatives in Detroit, Michigan, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She has previously worked in Washington as a reporter, writer, and videographer for Climate Science Watch, and is currently on the Board of Directors of British Columbia’s chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). She contributes to Culture of Science and has written for the Carbon and Climate Law Review journal and the Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review Journal.
She earned her Masters of Environmental Management at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in the summer of 2014.
Rebeka graduated from the University of British Columbia (UBC) with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Global Resource Systems, focusing on political and environmental science. While at UBC, she was on a research team that examined the impacts of commercial shipping noise on the critical habitat of British Columbia’s Southern Resident killer whale population.