About

Im a Ph.D. candidate in the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department at Columbia University advised by Upmanu Lall. I work on applied problems in infrastructure planning and climate risk management that lie at the intersection of meteorology, statistics, hydrology, reinforcement learning, and engineering. I'm particularly focused on thinking about how to combine engineering projects, policy changes, and financial tools (like insurance) to manage climate risks in the near and distant future. I am also deeply committed to improving the quality and accessibility of STEM education.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Candidate, Earth and Environmental Engineering.

Present
Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • Columbia University Presidential Fellow
  • Advisor: Upmanu Lall

M.S., Earth and Environmental Engineering.

2016
Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Concentration: Water Resources and Climate
  • Advisor: Upmanu Lall

B.S., Mechanical Engineering.

2015
Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Senior project: Adapting UVC-LEDs for Portable Water Purification
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Distinction in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

High School.

2011
Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT.

Honors & Awards

Nickolas and Liliana Themelis Fellowship

2018
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Graduate Research Fellowship

2016
National Science Foundation: Climate and Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics

B.S. Cum Laude

2015
Yale University

Distinction in Major

2015
Yale University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Presidential Distinguished Fellowship

2015
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Larry Coben '79 Fellowship

2014
Yale University

Vance-Carter Travel Fellowship

2013
Yale University

Thomas C. Barry Travel Fellowship

2012
Yale University

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

2015 - Present
Columbia Water Center, Columbia University, New York, NY

Undergraduate Research Assistant

2014 - 2015
Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Lab of Jaehong Kim, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
  • Evaluated technical and economic viability of UV-C LED technology for portable water treatment.

Visiting Student Researcher

2014
, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
  • Water and Climate Risks Lab, Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
  • Supervisors: Francisco de Assis de Souza Filho and Osny Enéas da Silva
  • Conducted bottom-up drought vulnerability assessment of rural drinking water systems.

Mechanical Design Intern

2013
DEKA Research & Development, Manchester, NH

Used CAD and 3D printing to evaluate design changes for Slingshot water purification system.

Summer Intern

2012
Ikatú Agua Project, Fundación Paraguaya, Asunción, Paraguay

Assessed impact of credit program for water system improvement in 19 rural communities.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Environmental Data Analysis.

2018
Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Wrote and graded problem sets for 40 masters-level students
  • “Held regular office hours and gave two lectures: ‘Introduction to R and RStudio’, and ‘Introduction to Bayesian Methods’”
  • “Head instructor: Upmanu Lall”

Guest Lecturer, Water Systems Analysis.

2017
Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Gave lecture ‘Using climate information for Water Systems analysis’

Community Service and Outreach

Peer Reviewer

2017 - Present

A verified record of reviews is available on my Publons profile

  • Oxford Journal of Development Studies
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Volunteer

2016 - 2017
Youth Career Connect, New York, NY
  • Mentored New York high school juniors and seniors interested in STEM careers.

Summer Intern

2015
Education Policy Initiative, New Haven Housing Authority/Elm City Communities, New Haven, CT
  • Developed summer curriculum and researched policy interventions to support literacy and youth engagement and reduce multi-generational poverty

Founder and President

2012 - 2015
New Haven REACH, New Haven, CT
  • Founded and led a program to support New Haven high school seniors applying to college
  • Recruited, trained, and coordinated over 50 volunteer mentors from Yale

President (2014), Design Lead (2013), Member

2011 - 2015
Engineers Without Borders, Yale Student Chapter, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Led student team in design and construction of water supply system for rural community of 1500 in Northwestern Cameroon

Technical Skills

R & RStudio

Python

LaTeX

jekyll

bash

stan

git

Matlab

PyMC3

make

Tensorflow & Keras

Languages

English

Spanish

Portuguese

Italian

French

Guaraní

Publications and Presentations

I have tried to post post-prints or open access versions whenever possible. However, paywalls sometimes get in our way. If you would like a copy of a paper but are not able to access it, please email me and I'll be delighted to send you a copy. Let's work together towards a better model of academic publishing!

Manuscripts in Review

  1. Doss-Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., Ho, M., & Lall, U. (2019). Bypass Fatalist Narratives to Talk Constructively about Climate Change Adaptation.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Doss‐Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., Steinschneider, S., & Lall, U. (2019). Robust Adaptation to Multiscale Climate Variability. Earth’s Future.Link
  2. Rözer, V., Kreibich, H., Schröter, K., Müller, M., Sairam, N., Doss‐Gollin, J., Lall, U., & Merz, B. (2019). Probabilistic Models Significantly Reduce Uncertainty in Hurricane Harvey Pluvial Flood Loss Estimates. Earth’s Future.Link
  3. Doss-Gollin, J., Muñoz, Á. G., Mason, S. J., & Pastén, M. (2018). Heavy Rainfall in Paraguay during the 2015-2016 Austral Summer: Causes and Sub-Seasonal-to-Seasonal Predictive Skill. Journal of Climate.Link
  4. Farnham, D. J., Doss-Gollin, J., & Lall, U. (2018). Regional Extreme Precipitation Events: Robust Inference From Credibly Simulated GCM Variables. Water Resources Research.Link
  5. Doss-Gollin, J., de Souza Filho, F. de A., & da Silva, F. O. E. (2015). Analytic Modeling of Rainwater Harvesting in the Brazilian Semiarid Northeast. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 52(1), 129–137.Link

Conference Papers

  1. Doss-Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., Steinschneider, S., & Lall, U. (2018). Robust Adaptation to Cyclical Climate Risk. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  2. Doss-Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., & Lall, U. (2017). Designing and Operating Infrastructure for Nonstationary Flood Risk Management. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  3. Faranda, D., Messori, G., Doss-Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., Lall, U., & Yiou, P. (2017). Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Weather Extremes: A Dynamical Systems Approach. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  4. Rözer, V., Kreibich, H., Schröter, K., Doss-Gollin, J., Lall, U., & Merz, B. (2017). BN-FLEMOps Pluvial - A Probabilistic Multi-Variable Loss Estimation Model for Pluvial Floods. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  5. Doss-Gollin, J., Muñoz, Á. G., Mason, S. J., & Pastén, M. (2017). Causes and Model Skill of the Persistent Intense Rainfall and Flooding in Paraguay during the Austral Summer 2015-2016. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  6. Farnham, D. J., Doss-Gollin, J., & Lall, U. (2016). Space-Time Characteristics and Statistical Predictability of Extreme Daily Precipitation Events in the Ohio River Basin. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  7. Spence, C. M., Brown, C., & Doss-Gollin, J. (2016). Exploiting Synoptic-Scale Climate Processes to Develop Nonstationary, Probabilistic Flood Hazard Projections. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  8. Doss-Gollin, J., Farnham, D. J., & Lall, U. (2016). Global-Local Interactions Modulate Tropical Moisture Exports to the Ohio River Basin. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  9. Farnham, D. J., Lall, U., Kwon, H. H., & Doss-Gollin, J. (2015). Moisture Transport and Extreme Precipitation in Mid-Latitudes. American Geophsyical Union Fall Meeting.Link
  10. Doss-Gollin, J., de Souza Filho, F. de A., & da Silva, F. O. E. (2014). Considerações Sobre a Sustentabilidade Hídrica de Cisternas Para Captação de Chuva No Semiárido Brasileiro. XII Simpósio de Recursos Hídricos Do Nordeste. Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos (ABRH).Link
  11. Araújo Júnior, L. M., de Souza Filho, F. de A., da Silva Silveira, C., Aragão Dias, T., & Doss-Gollin, J. (2014). Análise Dos Eventos de Seca No Nordeste Setentrional Brasileiro Com Base No Índice de Precipitação Normalizada. XII Simpósio de Recursos Hídricos Do Nordeste. Associação Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos (ABRH).Link

Invited Talks & Workshop Presentations

Evaluating staged investments in critical infrastructure for climate adaptation

13 Apr 2019
Oral Presentation, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York, NY → Link

Robust Adaptation to Multi-Scale Climate Variability

08 Nov 2018
Poster, The Nexus of Climate Data, Insurance, and Adaptive Capacity, Asheville, NC → Link

Extreme Rainfall in Paraguay During the 2015-16 Austral Summer: Causes and S2S Predictability

10 Sep 2017
Oral Presentation, North East Graduate Student Water Symposium, Amherst, MA → Link

Regional Intense Precipitation: Inferences from GCM Atmospheric Circulation Fields

31 May 2017
Poster, Modeling Research in the Cloud, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO → Link

Statistical-Dynamical Analysis of Climate Projections for Flood Infrastructure Design

21 Apr 2017
Oral Presentation, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York, NY

Physical Mechanisms and Subseasonal-To-Seasonal Predictability of Persistent IntenseRainfall and Paraguay River Flooding During the Austral Summer 2015/2016

07 Dec 2016
Poster, Workshop on Subseasonal to Seasonal Predictability of Extreme Weather and Climate, Columbia University, New York, NY

Understanding the Physical Drivers of Extreme Rainfall for Flood Prediction

26 Aug 2016
Presentation, Oxford Water Network, Oxford University, Oxford, UK