Elizabeth Tellman

Ph.D. Geography
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Present- PhD Student (Geography) Arizona State University  

2014- MESc (Environmental Science) Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies  

2009- B.S. (Sustainable Globalization and Environmental Studies) Santa Clara University

Google Scholar

Research Interests

disaster resilience, flooding, coupled human natural systems, land use change, hydrology, remote sensing, informality, corruption, ecosystem services,



Kettner, A. J., G. J.-P. Schumann, and B. Tellman 2019. The push toward local flood risk assessment at a global scale, Eos, 100, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO113857.

Tellman B., Goldstein J., McDonald R.I. , Shemie D., Vogl A., Dudley R., Petry P., Vigorstol K.l, Florke M., Dryden R., Lehner B., Veiga F. 2018. Opportunities for natural infrastructure to improve urban water security in Latin America. PLOS ONE.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209470

Lerner, Eakin, Tellman, Bausch, Hernandez Aguilar. 2018. Cities. Governing the gaps in water governance and land-use planning in a megacity: The example of hydrological risk in Mexico City. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2018.06.009

Devine, Wrathall, Curritt, Tellman, Reygadas Langarica. In Press. Narco Cattle Ranching in Political Forests. Antipode

Goldblatt, R., M. F. Stuhlmacher, B. Tellman, N. Clinton, G. Hanson, M. Georgescu, C. Wang, F. Serrano-Candela, A. K. Khandelwal, W.-H. Cheng, and R. C. Balling. 2018. Using Landsat and nighttime lights for supervised pixel-based image classification of urban land cover. Remote Sensing of Environment 205(November 2017):253–275.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2017.11.026

Tellman, Eakin, Bausch, Manuel-Navarette, Anderies, Redman.  2018. Adaptive Pathways and Coupled Infrastructure: adaptations to water risk, and the production of vulnerability in Mexico City since 1325. Ecology and Society.23 (1): 1  https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09712-230101

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):9–11.

Vogl, Adrian L, Joshua H Goldstein, Gretchen C Daily, Bhaskar Vira, Leah Bremer, Robert I McDonald, Daniel Shemie, Beth Tellman, and Jan Cassin. 2017. “Mainstreaming Investments in Watershed Services to Enhance Water Security: Barriers and Opportunities.” Environmental Science & Policy 75: 19–27. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.05.007.

Sesnie, Steve, Beth Tellman, David Wrathall, Kendra McSweeney, Erik Nielsen, Karina Bennesaiah, Ophelia Wang, and Luis Ray. 2017. “A Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Forest Cover Loss Related to Cocaine Trafficking in Central America.” Environmental Research Letters 12. doi:https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa6fff.

Vogl, A. L, Goldstein, J., Daily G.C, Vira B., Bremer L., McDonald, R.I., Shemie, D., Tellman, B., and Jan Cassin. 2017. Mainstreaming Investments in Watershed Services to Enhance Water Security: Barriers and Opportunities. Environmental Science & Policy 75: 19–27. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.05.007.

Tellman B., Saiers J., and Ruiz O. 2015. Quantifying the impacts of land use change on flooding in data poor watersheds in El Salvador with community based model calibration. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-015-0841-y  

Tellman, Elizabeth. 2011. “Community Resilience and Hurricane Ida: How Marginalized Salvadorans Lacking NGO and Governmental Support Cope with Climate Shock.” Climate Change and Migration: Rethinking Policies for Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. UNU-EHS (United Nations University Environment and Human Security). SOURCE issue 15. Pp. 32-46. Available: http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article/read/source-152011.  

Tellman, Gray, and Bacon. 2011. “Not Fair Enough: Historic and Institutional Barriers to Fair Trade Coffee in El Salvador.” Journal of Latin American Geography. Vol. 10:2. Pp107-128.  

Wentz, E. A., Rode, S., Li, X., Tellman, E. M., & Turner, B. L. (2016). Impact of Homeowner Association (HOA) landscaping guidelines on residential water use. Water Resources Research.

Eakin H, Lerner AM, Manuel-Navarrete D, Hernández Aguilar B, Martínez-Canedo A, Tellman B, et al. Adapting to risk and perpetuating poverty: Household’s strategies for managing flood risk and water scarcity in Mexico City. Environ Sci Policy. Elsevier Ltd; 2016; Available from: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1462901116302921


Tellman, Schwarz, Burns, Adams (2015). Big Data in the Disaster Cycle: Overview of use of big data and satellite imaging in monitoring risk and impact of disasters. Contribution to the report. Available at GSDR website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2015.  

Tellman, Beth. 2015.  “Land Use Change and Ecosystem Service Sheds: Where does Deforestation Impact Flooding in El Salvador.” Yale Tropical Resources Bulletin. Vol 32-33.  

Tellman, B., Alaniz, R., Rivera, A., Contreras, D. 2014.  Violence as an obstacle to livelihood resilience in the context of climate change. UNU-EHS Working Paper Series, No.3. Bonn: United Nations University Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). Available: https://www.ehs.unu.edu/file/get/11945  

Tellman, Beth.  2014. Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy. SNAP Magazine. http://www.snap.is/magazine/hotspots-for-people-new-conservation-strategy/

Research Activity

Dissertation : Mapping and Modeling Clandestine Drivers of Urban Expansion in Mexico City and Deforestation in Latin America

Co- PI for Lincoln Land Institute Commissioned Study: Informality, Poverty, Clientelism, and Corruption: The governance of land change and ecosystem services in Mexico City's Conservation Zone. Nov. 2017- Sept. 2018. 

Coordinator, Rain Water Capture Potential Across Mexico City: An analysis of spatial inequality (March 2017- March 2018) coordinating a team of scientist together with Dr. Felipe de Alba to estimate potential for rainwater capture in Mexico City at the city block level using large datasets for the NGO Isla Urbana, Funded by Oxfam 

Co-PI: Development of a Global Database for Historical Flood Events – A Comprehensive Mapping of the Dartmouth Flood Observatory in Google Earth Engine Google Earth Engine Research Award.  

RA: NSF project MEGADAPT “Dynamics of Multi-scalar Adaptation in the Megalopolis: Autonomous action, institutional change and social-hydrological risk in Mexico City.”


Sociobiophysical Flood Vulnerability in Earth Engine, Google Earth Engine User Summit 2015.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUbZZoJtnaA&feature=youtu.be  

Predicting Socio-Ecological Vulnerability on the Fly and in the Cloud. Ignite talk, International Conference for Crisis Mappers 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lcDsgOFSJc



ASU Innovation Happens Podcast. July 2018. https://universitydesign.asu.edu/podcast/cloud-street

Invited participant on REDDIT Science Ask Me Anything. 2017. Live chat with 6,000 views to answer questions about our paper regarding narcotrafficking published in Environmental Research Letters. https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/6c3864/science_ama_series_were_steve_sesnie_us_fish_and/

Social Entrepreneurs Predict Flooding Risk In Vulnerable Communities. September 21 2016. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2016/09/21/social-enterpreneurs-predict-flooding-risk-in-vulnerable-communities/ - d4352b91d8de

Mapping Historic Floods Around the World. NASA December 12 2016. NASA. http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/mapping-historic-floods-around-the-world/



Allianz Climate Risk Finalist (2nd place): December 2017. For research advances insurance and reduces vulnerability titled Detecting floods globally from public satellites and modeling social vulnerability to flood damage.

ASU Faculty Womens Association Distinguished Graduate Student Award 2017

Foster Latin American Research Fellowship 2017: To cover field expenses for dissertation in Mexico City for the summer of 2017.

Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) specialty group from American Association of Geography Field Grant: to cover field expenses for third chapter of dissertation: Mapping and Modeling Cocaine Driving Deforestation in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. 

NSF DDRI (Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement) Award 2017. Support for first two chapters of dissertation on Mapping and Modeling Clandestine Drivers of Urban Expansion in Mexico City.

National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellow (Aug. 2012-June 2017)  

Echoing Green Fellow (2016-2018)

Gilbert White Fellowship (2014-2015) Arizona State University  

Fulbright US Student Fellow El Salvador (Sept. 2009- July 2010)  

CLAG (Council of Latin American Geography) Field Award 2016

Melvin Marcus Memorial Fellowship 2016

Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference (Feb 28th-Mar. 2 2013): University of Kentucky, $100 for paper on community resilience in El Salvador


Cloud to Street, Co-Founder

Industry Positions

Echoing Green Fellow

DRK Fellow