Julio E. Herrera Estrada

I am a first-year graduate student at Princeton University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, working towards my PhD in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources. My advisor is Dr. Justin Sheffield and my research will involve the study of drought onset in the context of a changing climate, and the impacts that it has on food security. I also have a deep interest in the policy aspect of these topics, since I would eventually like to work in the international development field.


I did my undergraduate studies in Applied Mathematics at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. My previous relevant research experience includes work at Princeton with Dr. Justin Sheffield and Professors Eric Wood and Kelly Caylor on the feasibility of agricultural expansion in Zambia given the change in the regional precipitation distribution that is expected due to climate change. During my senior year at Columbia, I worked with Professors Adam Sobel and Michela Biasutti on a statistical analysis and comparison of several precipitation data sets for the study of climate change in the Sahel.


I was an active member of Engineers Without Borders at Columbia, and will continue working with the organization as part of the student chapter at Princeton. I grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, and I enjoy swimming, playing soccer, and ice-skating, as well as drawing, dancing salsa and listening to live jazz music.

Last updated on September 2012.