Tingyin Xiao

Associate Research Scholar
205 Robertson Hall

Tingyin is a climate scientist studying climate impacts on human migration. She is currently developing quantitative research techniques, such as Bayesian modeling and network analysis, to investigate migration mechanisms and predict migration flows under climate change and variability. The inequality in migration responses to climate impacts across gender, race, and economic status is a crucial component in her research. She has recently led or participated in case studies of internal migration in South Africa, Mexico, and Bangladesh and a global scale project that involves international migration as well. She combines her climatology knowledge, data science skills, and migration research experience to solve this critical real-world problem under the guidance of her supervisor Prof. Michael Oppenheimer.

Selected Publications

Smirnov, O., Lahav, G., Orbell, J., Zhang, M., & Xiao, T. (2023). Climate Change, Drought, and Potential Environmental Migration Flows Under Different Policy Scenarios. International Migration Review, 57(1), 36–67. https://doi.org/10.1177/01979183221079850

(Read coverage of the research on the Stony Brook University website).

Xiao, T., Oppenheimer, M., He, X., Mastrorillo, M. (2022). Complex climate and network effects on internal migration in South Africa revealed by a network model. Popul Environ 43, 289–318. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11111-021-00392-8

Bell, A.R., Wrathall, D.J., Mueller, V., Chen, J., Oppenheimer, M., Hauer, M., Adams, H., Kulp, S., Clark, P.U., Fussell, E., Magliocca, N., Xiao, T., Gilmore, E.A., Abel, K., Call, M., Slangen, A.B.A. (2021). Migration towards Bangladesh coastlines projected to increase with sea-level rise through 2100. Environ. Res. Lett. 16, 024045. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abdc5b