Areidy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. As part of her Ph.D. research, she has used integrated hydrological, climate, and societal models to perform global food security vulnerability analyses with a subsequent case study on the African continent to identify opportunities for sustainable agricultural adaptation under climate change. Her current work involves using earth system models to project changes in snow regimes in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and the implications that changing water availability may have on the state's agricultural and energy resources. Areidy is funded by the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program. She was also previously awarded the National Science Foundation InFEWS (Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems) fellowship and holds a designated emphasis in Development Engineering.
Before joining ESPM, Areidy worked in the environmental and geotechnical engineering consulting industry in the Bay Area for two years. Areidy holds a Masters degree in Earth and Planetary Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science (with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice) from UC Berkeley. She has participated in various programs around the world that have allowed her to expand her skillsets in data science, business fundamentals, and foreign languages. She is constantly looking for new opportunities to narrow any knowledge gaps and considers herself a life-long learner.
University of California, Berkeley Ph.D. Candidate (August 2018 - Present)
University of California, Berkeley Masters in Earth and Planetary Science (May 2017)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelors in Environmental Earth Science; Minor Global Poverty and Practice (May 2015)
Research Interests / Specializations:
Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Earth System Science, Climate Change, Hydrology, Food Security, Land - Atmosphere Interactions, Satellite Remote Sensing, Development Engineering, Data Science
Beltran-Peña, A., Rosa, L. and D’Odorico, P., 2020. Global food self-sufficiency in the 21st century under sustainable intensification of agriculture. Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), p.095004.
Rosa, L., Chiarelli, D.D., Sangiorgio, M., Beltran-Peña, A.A., Rulli, M.C., D’Odorico, P. and Fung, I., 2020. Potential for sustainable irrigation expansion in a 3° C warmer climate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(47), pp.29526-29534.
Jenkins, W., Rosa, L., Schmidt, J., Band, L., Beltran-Peña, A., Clarens, A., Doney, S., Emanuel, R.E., Glassie, A., Quinn, J. and Rulli, M.C. Shobe, W., Szeptycki, L., D'Odorico, P., 2021. Values-Based Scenarios of Water Security: Rights to Water, Rights of Waters, and Commercial Water Rights. Bioscience.
Honors and Awards
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
NSF Innovations in Food Energy and Water Systems (InFEWS) Fellowship
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
ESPM 50AC - Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management
ESPM 100ES - Introduction to the Methods of Environmental Science