People / Alumni

Ian Bolliger

Monitoring and Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change with Emerging Environmental Datasets and Machine Learning (PhD ’20)

Ian works to provide decision-makers with quantitative, high-resolution projections of the socioeconomic impacts of climate change, focusing on damaging extreme events like tropical cyclones. His research blends dynamic modeling, large socio-environmental datasets, and emerging econometric and machine learning methods to quantify the complex interactions between society and a changing climate. Ian is a Berkeley Graduate Fellow and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow. He holds Master’s degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BS in Applied Mathematics, with a focus on Earth and Planetary Science, from Harvard University.

Curriculum Vitae




  • PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, expected May 2020
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Civil Systems), University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • MS, Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • AB, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 2011


  • AGU Celebrate 100 Award (2019)
  • 3rd place – Energy and Resource Alternatives Category, Big Ideas @ Berkeley Competition (2017, 2018)
  • CITRIS Tech for Social Good, Tech Development Award (2017)
  • “People’s Choice” – Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative Innovation Expo Poster Competition (2017)
  • Charles K. Birdsall Fellowship (2016)
  • 2nd place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District Off-Grid Tiny House Competition (2016)
  • Semi-Finalist – MIT Climate Co-Lab Competition (2016)
  • 3rd place – Patagonia Eco-Innovation Case Competition (2016)
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2015)
  • Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study (2014)
  • Best Manuscript – Spring Issue of the Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal (2012)
  • Harvard Club of Seattle Summer Community Service Fellowship (2008)


  • GSI – PP275: Spatial Data Analysis – Solomon Hsiang – UC Berkeley – Fall 2017
  • Teaching Fellow – APMTH 21a: Mathematical Methods in the Sciences – Michael Manapat – Fall 2010


  • Solomon Hsiang (co-advisor)
    Professor: Goldman School of Public Policy;
    UC Berkeley Email:
    Phone: (510) 643-5751
  • Daniel Kammen (co-advisor)
    Professor; Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, Nuclear Engineering
    UC Berkeley Email:
    Phone: (510) 642-1640
  • Trevor Houser
    Director, Rhodium Group
    Phone: (212) 532-1157
  • Benjamin Recht
    Professor, Computer Science
    Phone: (510) 643-1455