Spatial Researcher, Agricultural Expert, Environmental & Regional Geographer

Chelsea Lissette Cervantes de Blois is a PhD student 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 a Graduate Trainee 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.

Research Focus: Chelsea Lissette's research is centered on the relationship of the enviromental-human health risks concering: environmental and human health, 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 Environmental Health Policies, Public Health, Human Rights Law, Environmental Law, Risk Governence, Environmental & Social Vulnerability, Resilience, Adaptation, GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, 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.

Twitter: @CLCervantesD