Bio


Julio E. Herrera Estrada is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Earth System Science working with Prof. Noah Diffenbaugh. Using a combination of physical models and advanced data analysis, Julio studies how droughts develop across the world as well as how droughts have affected the electricity sector in the western U.S. Moreover, Julio is interested in developing recommendations for sustainable and resilient management of complex water-energy-food systems, and implementing risk identification, prevention, and management mechanisms for droughts and other natural hazards.

Prior to Stanford, Julio obtained his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University, where he also pursued a certificate in Science Technology, and Environmental Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During his PhD, Julio was awarded the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in 2014, and in 2015 he participated in the Young Scientists Summer Program at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Julio received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University, where he was involved with the Columbia International Relations Council and Association and the Columbia Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Julio is originally from Mexico City, Mexico.

Honors & Awards


  • Stanford Data Science Scholar, Stanford University (2018-Present)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, NASA (2014-2017)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, American Meteorological Society (2016 - 2017)
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (2014 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2017)
  • Master of Arts, Princeton University, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, Applied Mathematics (2012)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • Role of Moisture Transport and Recycling in Characterizing Droughts: Perspectives from Two Recent US Droughts and the CFSv2 System JOURNAL OF HYDROMETEOROLOGY Roy, T., Alejandro Martinez, J., Herrera-Estrada, J. E., Zhang, Y., Dominguez, F., Berg, A., Ek, M., Wood, E. F. 2019; 20 (1): 139–54
  • Response of electricity sector air pollution emissions to drought conditions in the western United States ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Herrera-Estrada, J. E., Diffenbaugh, N. S., Wagner, F., Craft, A., Sheffield, J. 2018; 13 (12)
  • Spatiotemporal dynamics of global drought GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS Herrera-Estrada, J. E., Satoh, Y., Sheffield, J. 2017; 44 (5): 2254-2263
  • Uncertainties in Future Projections of Summer Droughts and Heat Waves over the Contiguous United States JOURNAL OF CLIMATE Herrera-Estrada, J. E., Sheffield, J. 2017; 30: 6225–6246

    View details for DOI 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0491.1

  • High-resolution modeling of the spatial heterogeneity of soil moisture: Applications in network design WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH Chaney, N. W., Roundy, J. K., Herrera-Estrada, J. E., Wood, E. F. 2015; 51 (1): 619-638
  • Changing water availability during the African maize-growing season, 1979-2010 ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS Estes, L. D., Chaney, N. W., Herrera-Estrada, J., Sheffield, J., Caylor, K. K., Wood, E. F. 2014; 9 (7)