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Earth Systems Science

Julio Herrera Estrada

I am a hydrologist and data scientist who specializes in hydrological and weather risks (e.g. droughts, floods, heat waves, wildfires)  within the context of a changing climate. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, where I am studying the impacts of droughts and floods on the electricity sector and food security. 

My goals are to:

  1. understand the physical mechanisms behind hydrological hazards to improve our ability to predict them;
  2. assess hydrological and weather risks to water, energy, and food security, and to infrastructure worldwide;
  3. identify solutions that increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to future hydrological and weather hazards; and
  4. work with stakeholders and decision-makers to implement these solutions.

I believe in the power of interdisciplinary work and systems-thinking to identify synergistic and holistic solutions, in the importance of engaging and empowering stakeholders to reach equitable solutions, and in the need for building partnerships between the public and private sectors to achieve sustainable solutions.

I hold a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. I am originally from Mexico City, Mexico.