Maryia Bakhtsiyarava

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Geography, Environment & Society and a doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. My research focuses on examining and advancing understanding of human-environment interactions in an era of global environmental change. My doctoral work analyzes the complex relationships among agricultural production, climate variability, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia. I examine how household-level food (in)security interacts with children’s nutritional outcomes and relates to households’ agricultural activities in the context of climate variability. My interests include population studies, spatial analysis and statistics, climate change, food security, GIS, and remote sensing.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Geography (GIS), Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2014.

Curriculum Vitae

Research & Professional Activities


  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility: 2018 - present
  • Research Assistant, IPUMS-International, Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota: 2017 - 2018
  • Research Assistant: Terra Populus, Integration of census data and administrative boundary data, 2014 - 2017
  • HEGIS Lab
  • Bakhtsiyarava, M., Grace, K., & Nawrotzki, R. (2017). Climate and Birthweight: Investigating Agricultural livelihoods in Kenya and Mali. American Journal of Public Health 108(Suppl 2), S144–S150. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304128.
  • Bakhtsiyarava, M., & Nawrotzki, R. (2017). Environmental Inequality and Pollution Advantage among Immigrants in the United States. Applied Geography, 81. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2017.02.013. [This paper was also featured in the London School of Economics’ USA Politics and Policy Blog].
  • Nawrotzki, R. J., DeWaard, J., Bakhtsiyarava, M., & Ha, J. T. (2016). Climate shocks and rural-urban migration in Mexico: Exploring nonlinearities and thresholds. Climatic Change 140 (2). DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1849-0.
  • Nawrotzki, R. J., & Bakhtsiyarava, M. (2016). International Climate Migration: Evidence for the Climate Inhibitor Mechanism and the Agricultural Pathway. Population Space & Place 23(4), e2033. DOI: 10.1002/psp.2033.
  • Bakhtsiyarava, Maryia. (2010). Population changes in Europe. Wide World (GCSE geography) 21(3), 15-18.
  • University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, 2018 - 2019
  • Council of Graduate Students Conference Travel Grant, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Ralph H. Brown Prize for Best Graduate Student Publication Award. Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Minnesota Population Center Research Collaboration Award, 2016
  • COGS Career Development Grant, Council of Graduate Students, University of Minnesota, 2016