Spatial Researcher, Agricultural Expert, Environmental & Regional Geographer

Chelsea Lissette Cervantes de Blois is a PhD Candidate in the Geography, Environment & Society (GES) Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities working with Prof. Steven M Manson in the Human Environment Geographic Information Sciences Lab (HEGIS). She is also an alumna of the Graduate Population Trainee Programt at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and was an  MPC Diversity Fellowship recipient assigned to work on the IPUMS Terra project: data of populations and the environment. 

Chelsea Lissette was a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient in Baku, Azerbaijan (2019). She was also a Boren Fellow in Azerbaijan (2017-2018) and a fellowship recipient of the Title VIII in St. Petersburg, Russia (2017). Prior to Chelsea Lissette's work at the University of Minnesota, she was in Azerbaijan (2014-2015) as a Fulbright recipient, followed by her independent work as an Agricultural Consultant in Serbia and Kyrgyzstan. She has also worked on climate change projects with the US Department of State and CGIAR.

Dissertation Research: Chelsea Lissette focuses on the human-envronemtal dimensions of environmental and technological hazardous in urban areas of the Eurasian nation, Azerbaijan. The methods she employs involves geospatial modeling of decision-making processes while applying cultural factors, social vulnerability, as well as environmental policies with remote sensed imagery and the Azerbaijan's Toxic Site Identification Program (TSIP) dataset. 

Other Research Focused Projects: Chelsea Lissette's research is centered on the relationship of the enviromental-human health risks concering: data scarcity of demographic and environmental data within low to middle income nations, environmental and human health, climate-migration-conflict nexus, predicting ethinic conflict, right to clean environment, environmental management, climate, migration, and conflict, which is rooted within interdisciplinary research and requires close engagement with the GISciences, Population Studies, as well as Regional and Cultural Studies when approaching complex environmental and humanitarian issues situated in the Caucasus (Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, and Tajikistan). 

Research Interests for Collaboration: Application and implementation of Human-Environmental systems research, Data Scarcity in low- and -middle income countries (LMICs) Behaviorial patterns and migration to natural and technological hazards, Risk Governence, Environmental & Social Vulnerability, Resilience, Adaptation, GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing,  Environmental Health Policies, Public Health, Human Rights Law, Environmental Law, and Demographic methods and theories when researching migration, environment, land cover changes, policies, gender, health, and land-use management policies and practices. 

Specialties & Expertise:  Pollution Management, Soil Science, Agricultural Development, Migration, Climate, and Hydrologic Sciences; GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartographic sciences; Population, Religious, Cultural, and Linguistic aspects of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Latin America, the Balkans, and the Middle East.

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