Joshua Elliott

Co-Principal Investigator, RDCEP 2

Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Research Scientist and Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Areas of Expertise:

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation in agriculture and forestry
  • Integrated assessment and economic modeling, primarily CGE and PE
  • Land use cover and change modeling
  • Large scale computation and ensemble simulation

Dr. Joshua Elliott joined DARPA in September 2017. His research interests include modeling and prediction of complex natural and socio-economic systems and how computational technologies can be leveraged to improve all aspects of science and modeling from data discovery to analysis.

He joined DARPA from the University of Chicago Computation Institute, where he led research projects related to socio-technical change, optimal decision- and policy-making under uncertainty, and environmental variability and its impact on food security. He has also held positions with the Argonne National Lab, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Columbia University.

He holds doctorate and Master of Science degrees in physics from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science, with high honors, in physics from the University of Texas, Austin. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports.

Research Projects

Climate change impacts on agricultureCIM-EARTH frameworkFACE-IT | pSIMS | Parched Earth: Climate Change, Groundwater Depletion and the Future of Food Production in North America | The Next Great Dustbowl | Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI) Project | Agricultural Adaptation and the Green Revolution | Resilience of the Global Food System | Global Change, Food and Trade | AgGRIDForest Carbon Sequestration and Global Land UseEvaluating the utility of dynamical downscaling in agricultural impacts projectionsInterSectoral Impacts Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (ISI-MIP)


no current students

Former Students 

Michael Glotter | Chetan Deva | Husam Haj | Anna Blinderman | Joseph Weston Jr. | Brandon Peralta | Diego Gomez | Kiela Moreno