Christopher Wassif





IBN Al Haytham Building 2247_ws17


I am an urban waterfront planner and PADI Divemaster interested in the role coastal cities play in global marine conservation and restoration efforts. While urban areas are often associated with environmental degradation, sustainable new developments and innovative natural infrastructure solutions can help cities to rebuild marine life and combat the effects of climate change.

Research Interests

Marine Spatial Planning, Marine ecology and conservation, GIS, Habitat Mapping, Sustainable Development, Coastal Resilience, Climate Change

Selected Publications

  •    Wassif, Christopher, "Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge", A People's Guide to NYC, University of California Press, 2022, section 3.16.
  •    NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: 2020-2030, Water Quality and Natural Resources (2021) 
  •    NYC Floodplain by the Numbers Report (2020)


  • B.A. Urban Sustainability, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, 2017

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - Present: Ph.D. Student, KAUST (current masters student)
  • 2020 - 2022: Waterfront Planner, New York City Department of City Planning
  • 2018 - 2020: Flood Resiliency Planner, New York City Department of City Planning
  • 2016 - 2018: Coastal Resilience Researcher, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB)
  • 2016 - 2018: Underwater Photographer, The River Project

KAUST Affiliations

  • Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Marine spatial planning Marine Ecology Conservation GIS Habitat Mapping Sustainable development Coastal resilience Climate Change