Meha Jain

Assistant Professor


PhD, Columbia University (ecology, evolutionary and environmental biology)

BA, Princeton University (ecology and evolutionary biology)

3540 Dana


Assistant Professor Jain's research examines the impacts of environmental change on agricultural production, and strategies that farmers may adopt to reduce negative impacts. She does this by combining remote sensing and geospatial analyses with household-level and census datasets to examine farmer decision-making and behavior across large spatial and temporal scales. To date her work has focused on the impacts of weather variability and groundwater depletion on agricultural production in India, and whether farmers are able to adapt their cropping practices to mitigate these impacts.

  • 2014 –2017: National Science Foundation Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship (SEES; $487,020). 

  • 2014-2015: Google Earth Engine Research Award ($62,867). PIs: G. Galford, R.S. DeFries; Co-PIs: M. Jain, G. Fiske, P. Mondal

  • 2013-2015: National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG; $14,488). 

  • 2009-2012: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF; $150,000). 

  • 2011: National Geographic Young Explorers Grant ($5,000). 


CHANS (Coupled Human and Natural Systems) Fellow. NSF CHANS-Net (2012).

Voted Among Best TAs, Columbia Spectator, Columbia University (2011).

Top Seminar Presentation, Columbia University E3B Seminar (2009, 2010).

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Tutor, Boys and Girls Club. Menlo Park, CA (2014-present).

Volunteer in Children’s Discovery Room, (AMNH) American Museum of Natural History (2008-2013).

Girls’ Science Day and Middle School Experiment Leader, Columbia University. (2009-2013).