DJ Princeton

I am an engineer, climate scientist, and policy scholar. I have studied climate impacts and adaptation for over a decade, publishing nearly a dozen peer-reviewed articles, reports, and books on probabilistic climate risk assessment, climate adaptation decision-making, and assessments of public policies relevant to the physical impacts of climate change and natural hazards. I also regularly peer review climate risk research.

I currently a consultant in the Risk and Resilience Team at ARUP, a firm that provides design, engineering, architecture, planning, and advisory services for the built environment.

Climate change is causing non-trivial changes in natural hazards and risks. Credible risk management decision-making, planning, communication, and research must account for climate change and its uncertainties.

My work often involves:

  • Producing estimates of climate-adjusted natural hazards, such as coastal floods events made worse by sea-level rise
  • Communicating the risks of climate-adjusted natural hazards by accounting for a wide variety of socio-economic factors (protecting human life, limiting economic damages, and ensuring equitable distributions of risks)
  • Using estimates of climate-adjusted natural hazards to advise long-term planning and to determine how to prioritize investment in damage mitigation and resilience measures
  • Supporting public assistance programs that enable proactive (rather than reactive) natural hazard risk reduction measures
  • Working with the academic community to put state-of-the-art research into practice (the science is always changing!)

  • My hope is that these efforts will save lives, save valuable economic resources, and improve overall human well-being.


    I am a contributing author of American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States. I previously was a research fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). I also served as an air pollution engineer at both the California Air Resources Board and Ramboll.

    I completed my PhD in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. I received an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California-Davis and a BS in atmospheric and oceanic science from UW-Madison.