Jeffrey Shaman holds a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in climate science from Columbia University. His doctoral thesis explored the effects of hydrologic variability on mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and developed systems to model and forecast these systems. He joined the IRI in 2011.
Shaman studies the effects of meteorological and hydrological conditions on the survival, transmission and ecology of infectious agents. His work has primarily focused on mosquito-borne diseases (e.g., West Nile virus and malaria) and respiratory diseases (e.g. influenza). He constructs mathematical and statistical models to describe, understand, and forecast the transmission dynamics of these systems as well as their dependence on environmental conditions. Shaman also leads an active research program in climate dynamics, in which he studies the propagation of large-scale waves in the atmosphere and their effects on regional climate and weather, including precipitation and drought. Work in this field includes study of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the South Asian monsoons and Atlantic-basin hurricanes.
Role at the IRI
Shaman’s primary appointment is in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He works with partners of the IRI in the Climate and Health program.