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Beth Tellman

Beth Tellman

PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • PhD Student, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Beth is a PhD student in geographical sciences at Arizona State University. She studies human-flood interactions from local to global scales in coupled social ecological systems. She employs tools and methods from land system science, hydrologic modeling, agent based modeling, and the social sciences to deeply understand and model feedbacks between social and natural systems across time and space. Major research projects include examining the sociobiophysical flood dynamics of Mexico City with Dr. Hallie Eakin, estimating the return on investment of watershed conservation for flood mitigation specifically for Monterrey, Mexico and more generally for 70 Latin American cities for a SNAP project, and modeling global biophysical and social flood vulnerability using Google Earth Engine. Beth is also a research affiliate with the Data Pop Alliance, and regularly contributes to reports for international agencies on leverage Big Data for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaption. She lived in El Salvador for 3 years where she co-founded Fundacion CEIBA, an El Salvador-based NGO that focused on disaster risk reduction, violence prevention, environmental degradation, and youth participation. Beth continues to stay engaged with Salvadoran issues through an academic working group, Landscapes in Transition, Central America, and is currently analyzing how the cocaine commodity chain drives deforestation patterns in Central America.

When she is not doing research, she is often engaged in service. Beth helps support the Center for Biodiversity Outcome’s initiative on diversity in the ecological science (through a panel at the Ecological Society of America in 2015) and ongoing events here at ASU. She also volunteers with No More Deaths, an NGO working to save the lives of migrants crossing the desert by placing water on migrant trails. In her free time she likes to play guitar, rock climb, do yoga, and cook the vegetables she grows in her garden


  • MS, Environmental Science, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2014
  • BS (magna cum laude), Sustainable Globalization and Environmental Studies, Santa Clara University, 2009

Journal Articles


Tellman, B., N. Magliocca, B. L. Turner II and P. H. Verburg. 2020. Understanding the role of illicit transactions in land-change dynamics. Nature Sustainability DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0457-1. (link )


Manuel-Navarrete, D., C. T. Morehart, B. M. Tellman, H. Eakin, J. M. Siqueiros-Garcia and B. Hernandez Aguilar. 2019. Intentional disruption of path-dependencies in the Anthropocene: Gray versus green water infrastructure regimes in Mexico City, Mexico. Anthropocene 26(Jun):10029. DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2019.100209. (link )


Goldblatt, R., M. Stuhlmacher, B. M. Tellman, N. Clinton, G. Hanson, M. Georgescu, C. Wang, F. S. Candela, A. K. Khandelwal, W. Cheng, R. C and B. Jr. 2018. Using Landsat and nighttime lights for supervised pixel-based image classification of urban land cover. Remote Sensing of Environment 205(Feb):253-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.11.026. (link )

Tellman, B., J. C. Bausch, H. Eakin, J. M. Anderies, M. Mazari-Hiriart, D. Manuel-Navarrete and C. L. Redman. 2018. Adaptive pathways and coupled infrastructure: Seven centuries of adaptation to water risk and the production of vulnerability in Mexico City. Ecology and Society 23(1):Art. 1. DOI: 10.5751/ES-09712-230101. (link )


Puritty, C., L. R. Strickland, E. Alia, B. Blonder, E. Klein, M. T. Kohl, E. McGee, M. Quintana, R. E. Ridley, B. Tellman and L. R. Gerber. 2017. Without inclusion, diversity initiatives may not be enough. Science 357(6356):1101-1102. DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9054. (link )

Sesnie, S. E., B. Tellman, D. Wrathall, K. McSweeney, E. Nielsen, K. Benessaiah, O. Wang and L. Rey. 2017. A spatio-temporal analysis of forest loss related to cocaine trafficking in Central America. Environmental Research Letters 12(5):054015. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa6fff. (link )

Vogl, A. L., J. H. Goldstein, G. Daily, B. Vira, L. Bremer, R. I. McDonald, D. Shemie, B. Tellman and J. Cassin. 2017. Mainstreaming investments in watershed services to enhance water security: Barriers and opportunities. Environmental Science & Policy 75(Sep):19-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.05.007. (link )


Eakin, H., A. M. Lerner, D. Manuel-Navarrete, B. Hernandez Aguilar, A. Martinez-Canedo, B. Tellman, L. Charli-Joseph, R. Fernandez Alvarez and L. A. Bojorquez-Tapia. 2016. Adapting to risk and perpetuating poverty: Household’s strategies for managing flood risk and water scarcity in Mexico City. Environmental Science & Policy 66(Dec):324-333. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2016.06.006. (link )

Tellman, B., J. E. Saiers and O. A. Ruiz Cruz. 2016. Quantifying the impacts of land use change on flooding in data poor watersheds in El Salvador with community-based model calibration. Regional Environmental Change 16(4):1183-1196. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0841-y. (link )

Wentz, E. A., S. Rode, X. Li, E. M. Tellman and B. L. Turner II. 2016. Impact of Homeowner Association (HOA) landscaping guidelines on residential water use. Water Resources Research 52(5):3373-3386. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018238. (link )


Tellman, B., L. C. Gray and C. M. Bacon. 2011. Not fair enough: Historic and institutional barriers to fair trade coffee in El Salvador. Journal of Latin American Geography 10(2):107-127. DOI: 10.1353/lag.2011.0037. (link )



Stuhlmacher, M., R. Goldblatt, M. Georgescu, N. Clinton, B. M. Tellman, G. Hanson and A. K. Khandelwal. 2018. 30-meter resolution urban classification in Google Earth Engine. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )