Bio


Julio E. Herrera Estrada is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University’s Department of Earth System Science working with Prof. Noah Diffenbaugh. He uses satellite data to calculate the impacts that climate extremes have had on electricity generation globally. 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 Environmental Engineering and Water Resources at Princeton University, where he also pursued a certificate in Science Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, Julio studied various aspects of droughts, including how they evolve in time and space and how they may be affected by climate change. He also quantified the impacts that droughts have had on pollutant emissions from the electricity sector in the Western U.S.

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. He has presented at several conferences including the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, and has been invited to present at The World Bank Group. In 2015, Julio co-founded Highwire Earth, an interdisciplinary online publication on sustainable development, where the Princeton University community can share their work and insights. He also served as President of the Latino Graduate Student Association and of the Graduate Student Representatives in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Princeton.

Julio received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University. There 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


  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, NASA (2014-2017)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


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

Professional Education


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

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • 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)