As part of her Ph.D. research, Areidy Beltran 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 received 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 lifelong learner