I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Earth System Science working with Prof. Noah Diffenbaugh, and an inaugural member of the Stanford Data Science Scholars. Currently, I am studying the impacts of droughts and floods on electricity access in Africa, and the spatiotemporal dynamics of droughts around the world. More broadly, I am interested in understanding the hydrological and weather risks to which our societies' resources (water, energy, food, and land) and our infrastructure are exposed, and in finding solutions that increase our resilience to these natural hazards.
From May through October of 2018, I was also a Consultant for the World Bank, providing technical advice to support investments in hydrometeorological services in West Africa. Prior to Stanford, I obtained my Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University, where I also pursued a certificate in Science Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, I worked with Prof. Justin Sheffield and Prof. Eric Wood on various aspects of the causes and impacts of droughts. In my Ph.D. thesis, I showed that droughts can move across continents all over the world, and studied the expected increase in frequency and severity of droughts in the U.S. due to climate change. I also showed that droughts in the western U.S. can increase emissions of CO2 and other pollutants from the power sector significantly.
I was awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship from 2014-2017, and in 2015 I participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). I have presented at national and international conferences including the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and have been invited to present at The World Bank Group.
In 2015, I co-founded Highwire Earth, an ongoing interdisciplinary online publication on sustainable development, where members of the Princeton University community share their work and insights. I also served as President of the Latino Graduate Student Association (2013-2014) and President of the Graduate Student Representatives in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton (2014-2015).
In 2012, I received my B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. At Columbia, I was part of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (Model UN) and the Columbia Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. I am originally from Mexico City, Mexico, and when I am not analyzing data, I enjoy swimming, running, skiing, playing soccer, reading, blogging, and traveling.