Biography

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources at Princeton, also pursuing a certificate in Science Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. As part of the Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, I study various aspects of droughts, including how they evolve in time and space and how land-atmosphere interactions can control these dynamics. I also work on the uncertainties in the future projections of droughts and heat waves, and on quantifying the impacts of droughts on the electricity sector. My principal advisor is Dr. Justin Sheffield, and I'm also advised by Prof. Eric Wood, Prof. Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, and Dr. Kirsten Findell. In the policy realm, I am interested in developing recommendations for a sustainable and resilient management of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, and implementing risk identification, prevention, and management mechanisms for droughts and other natural hazards, particularly in developing countries. 

I was awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in 2013, which has funded my research since. I have presented at several national and international conferences and workshops, including the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and have been invited to present at the World Bank.

In the summer of 2015 I participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) as part of the Water Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenberg, Austria. I also participated in the 2016 Summer Policy Colloquium of the American Meteorological Society in Washinton, DC, the 2015 Alpine Summer School on Land-Atmosphere Interactions in Valle d'Aosta, Italy, and the 2014 Advanced Studies Program Summer Colloquium on Uncertainty in Climate Change Research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.

I have been a proactive member of the University community. Most recently, I led the start of Highwire Earth, an interdisciplinary online publication on sustainable development, where members of the Princeton University community can share their work and insights. I am also part of the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars, where I participate in outreach activities with a local high school. In 2014-2015 I served in the Task Force on the Future of the Graduate School, where I worked with the Dean of The Graduate School, faculty, administrators, and other students on a strategic planning project. The Task Force's results were presented directly to Princeton University's President Eisgruber. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I served as President of the Graduate Student Representatives for Civil and Environmental Engineering, where I implemented new initiatives for professional development and social activities to bring together current and former members of the department. I also served as President (2013-2014) and Undergraduate Liaison (2012-2013) for the Latino Graduate Student Association, through which I restarted Voz Latina, a yearly student conference on topics relevant for Latinos in the U.S. and abroad, such as diversity and immigration.

Before coming to Princeton, I received my B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2012. There I was very involved with the Columbia International Relations Council and Association, the Columbia Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and the Global Recruitment Committee at the Undergraduate Admissions Office. I am from Mexico City, Mexico where I lived prior to moving to the U.S. for college in 2008. I enjoy swimming, skiing, running, playing soccer, traveling, blogging, and reading.

Last updated: September 2016