Current members


James Doss-Gollin (), Principal Investigator

James Doss-Gollin is an assistant professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University. Dr. Doss-Gollin’s research is motivated by challenging questions at the intersection of climate dynamics, water management, data science, and decision science. By developing methods for understanding and predicting spatiotemporally clustered hydroclimate risk, and for incorporating uncertain projections into sequential decision problems, he strives to enable the delivery of flexible and resilient infrastructure services. Dr. Doss-Gollin completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Prior to joining Rice University, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.


Yuchen Lu, Ph.D. Student

Yuchen Lu is a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Rice University. Yuchen completed a BS at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in China and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in infrastructure adaptation in the face of climate change.


Kelsey Murphy, Coadvised Ph.D. Student

Kelsey Murphy is a second year Ph.D. student in the Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences department at Rice University. Kelsey works primarily with Dr. Sylvia Dee in the Climate Lab and is coadvised by James Doss-Gollin. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a Boston native. She is interested in climate variability and dynamics. Her research explores the evolution of the Mississippi River basin’s large-scale hydrology over the last millennium.


True Furrh, Coadvised Ph.D. Student

True Furrh is a second year Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, working primarily in the SSPEED Center with Dr. Phil Bedient and is coadvised by James Doss-Gollin. He graduated from the University of Houston with degrees in Environmental Sciences and Civil Engineering and is a NSF Graduate Research fellow. True grew up along the upper Texas Gulf Coast and is interested in quantifying the effect of anthropogenic influences on hydrologic response at the watershed scale.


Kyle Olcott, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kyle Olcott is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in civil and environmental engineering. Kyle is working to find decentralized solutions to water security in El Paso’s Colonias. He grew up in the DC Metropolitan Area and is interested in attending law school after graduating to pursue a career in environmental law.

Former members

Name Role
Sophia Prieto Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2021--2022
Alyssa Graham Graduate Research Assistant, 2021--2022
Kristina Cibor Gratduate Research Assistant, 2021--2022
John Cook Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2021--2021