Spatial Researcher, Agricultural Expert, Environmental & Regional Geographer

Chelsea Lissette Cervantes de Blois has a PhD (Dissertation Title: "Examining Well-being and Vulnerability in Data-Poor Nations: Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan") from the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities' Department of Geography, Environment and Society (GES) with specializations in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Population/Demography studies as of 2021. She was on the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), and was previously awarded the Diversity Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship to instruct her independently designed courses (1) Environmental Policy (Fall 2020) and (2) Introduction to Principles of Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Science (Spring 2021) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Chelsea Lissette was advised by Prof. Steven M Manson and was a member of Dr. Manson's Human Environment Geographic Information Sciences Lab (HEGIS). She is also an alumna of the Graduate Population Trainee Program 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 has independently funded her fieldwork and dissertation research via several fellowships, grants, and scholarships. To name a few: she was a Boren Fellow in Azerbaijan (2017-2018); as well as being a recipient on the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient in Baku, Azerbaijan (2019). She was also a on the Title VIII in St. Petersburg, Russia (2017); in addition to being on multiple Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (i.e. Turkish, Russian, Persian languages). 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-environmental dimensions of environmental and technological hazards in urban and rural areas of the Eurasian nations, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. The methods she employed 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 environmental-human health risks concerning: data scarcity of demographic and environmental data within low to middle income nations, environmental and human health, climate-migration-conflict nexus, predicting ethnic conflict, right to clean environment, environmental management, ethnic communities in Eurasia, 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, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan). 

Research Interests for Collaboration: Application and implementation of Human-Environmental systems research, Data Scarcity in low- and -middle income countries (LMICs), Behavioral patterns and migration to natural and technological hazards, Risk Governance, 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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