Jeffrey Shaman

Jeffrey Shaman

Jeffrey Shaman

Environmental Health Sciences (in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society/Earth Institute)
Director, Climate and Health Program


722 West 168th Street, Rosenfield Building, Room 1104C
New York NY 10032
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Jeffrey Shaman is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Climate and Health Program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He studies the survival, transmission and ecology of infectious agents, including the effects of meteorological and hydrological conditions on these processes. Work-to-date has primarily focused on mosquito-borne and respiratory pathogens. He uses mathematical and statistical models to describe, understand, and forecast the transmission dynamics of these disease systems, and to investigate the broader effects of climate and weather on human health.



PhD, 2003, Columbia University
MA, 2000, Columbia University
BA, 1990, University of Pennsylvania

Mailman Affiliations

Member, Columbia Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan
Director, Climate and Health Program

Columbia Affiliations

Faculty Chair, Earth Institute
Associate Member, Data Science Institute
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Columbia Climate School

Academic Appointments

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Other Affiliations

Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History

Areas of Expertise

Climate and Health, Emerging Infections, Epidemics, Infectious Disease

Select Urban Health Activities

Virome of Manhattan: This was an intensive, active surveillance program for influenza and other respiratory pathogens implemented with the aim of significantly advancing understanding of transmission dynamics, documenting the genetic basis of immune response to respiratory virus infection, bettering now-casting capabilities, and improving respiratory disease model simulation and forecast.

Select Publications

Yang W, Shiff J, Shaman J. COVID-19 transmission dynamics and effectiveness of public health interventions in New York City during the 2020 spring pandemic wave. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 18(175):20200822, doi:10.1098/rsif.2020.0822, 2021.
Lamb MR, Kandula S, Shaman J. Differential COVID-19 case positivity in New York City neighborhoods: socioeconomic factors and mobility. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, 15(2):209-217, doi:10.1111/irv.12816, 2021.
Galanti M, Shaman J. Direct observation of multiple subsequent infections with endemic coronaviruses. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 233(3):409-415, doi:10.1093/infdis/jiaa392, 2021.
Yang W, Kandula S, Huynh M, Greene SK, Van Wye G, Li W, Chan HT, McGibbon E, Yeung A, Olson D, Fine A, Shaman J. Estimating the infection fatality risk of COVID-19 in New York City during the spring 2020 pandemic wave: a model-based analysis. Lancet Infectious Diseases 21(2):203-212, doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30769-6, 2021.
Pei S, Dahl K, Yamana TK, Licker R, Shaman J. Compound risks of hurricane evacuation amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. GeoHealth, 4(12):e2020GH000319, doi:10.1029/2020GH000319, 2020.
Pei S, Teng X, Lewis P, Shaman J. Optimizing influenza surveillance networks using uncertainty propagation. Nature Communications, 12:222, doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20399-3, 2021.
Pei S, Kandula S, Shaman J. Differential Effects of Intervention Timing on COVID-19 Spread in the United States. Science Advances, 6(49):eabd6370, doi:10.1126/sciadv.abd6370, 2020.
Shaman J, Galanti M. Will SARS-CoV-2 become endemic? Science, 370(6516):527-529, doi:10.1126/science.abe5960, 2020.

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