Chelsea L Cervantes De Blois

Chelsea Lissette was admitted for the Fall 2014 semester, but deferred admission to accept the Fulbright in Azerbaijan (2014-2015). Before starting the PhD program she worked as an independent Agricultural Consultant in Serbia and Kyrgyzstan. Chelsea Lissette is a Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Graduate Trainee (admitted Fall 2016, MPC bio: https://pop.umn.edu/staff/chelsea-cervantes-de-blois). She was also a MPC Diversity Fellowship recipient (awarded 2016) and worked on the Terra-Populus project: data on population and environment. Her research involves the application of GISciences, regional knowledge, and ethnography to research land-cover changes, migration, and humanitarian patterns and issues situated in the former Soviet Union. Here is a brief article (in Russian language) about her agricultural consultant work in Kyrgyzstan, Summer 2015: http://turmush.kg/ru/news:138774/

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MA: Languages & Cultures of Asia (LCA); Specialized in Transcaucasia & Eurasia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2013.
  • BS: International Agriculture & Natural Resource Management; Majors: Agriculture & Applied Economics, Soil Science; Middle Eastern Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2010.

Specialties

  • Remote Sensing; Environmental GIS
  • Sustainable Agricultural Development
  • Transcaucasia, Northern Caucasus, and Central Asia
  • Food Systems
Courses Taught
  • Geography 3381 - Population in an Interacting World (Spring 2016), Teaching Assistant (TA); UMN Twin-Cities
  • Geography/EPSM 1425 - Introduction to Meteorology (Fall 2015), Teaching Assistant (TA); UMN Twin-Cities
  • Geography 101 - Introduction to Human Geography (Fall 2012), Teaching Assistant (TA); UW-Madison
Publications
  • Ozdogan, Mutlu; Yang, Yang; Allez, George; Cervantes, Chelsea. 2010. "Remote Sensing of Irrigated Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges."Remote Sens.2, no. 9: 2274-2304 .
  • Chelsea Cervantes De Blois (CIAT) and Beatriz Zavariz-Romero (CIAT). World Bank; CIAT; CATIE. 2014. Climate-Smart Agriculture in Sinaloa, Mexico. CSA Country Profiles for Latin America Series. Washington D.C.: The World Bank Group.
  • Chelsea Cervantes De Blois (CIAT) and Beatriz Zavariz-Romero (CIAT). World Bank; CIAT; CATIE. 2014. Climate-Smart Agriculture in Chiapas, Mexico. CSA Country Profiles for Latin America Series. Washington D.C.: The World Bank Group.
  • Beatriz Zavariz-Romero (CIAT) and Chelsea Cervantes De Blois (CIAT). World Bank; CIAT; CATIE. 2014. Climate-Smart Agriculture in Mexico. CSA Country Profiles for Latin America Series. Washington D.C.: The World Bank Group.
Awards
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Academic Year in Farsi (Persian), 2018 - 2019
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from Council of Graduate Students (COGS), 2018
  • 1st place from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group's Illustrated Paper Competition for her presentation on Soya Production within Uzbek-Kyrgyz Communities: Identifying the Inputs of Ethnic Conflict in the Field, 2017
  • Honorable Mention from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Eurasian Specialty Group's Student Paper Competition for her paper With Love, From Russia: The Art of 'Gifting', 2017
  • David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship, National Security Education Program, Academy for Educational Development, 2017 - 2018
  • Stanford-US Russian Forum (SURF) Climate and Environmental Working Group at Stanford University, 2017-2018
  • Title VIII Fellowship (Russian Language) from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 2017
  • Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Diversity Fellowship, 2016
  • Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló Scholarship, 2016 - 2017
  • NSF funded research project fellowship, “From 0 to 2” with Dr. Claudia Neuhauser, 2016
  • North American Cartographic Info. Society Travel Grant (NACIS), 2016
  • College of Liberal Arts Travel Grant (CLA), 2016
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP) Travel Grant , 2016
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from Council of Graduate Students (COGS), 2017
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant from Council of Graduate Students (COGS), 2016
  • WiscAMP International Resarch Grant, 2008
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Academic Year in Advance Russian, 2016 - 2017
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Advanced Turkish , 2016
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Intermediate Turkish , 2012
  • Fulbright, English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Baku, Azerbaijan , 2014 - 2016
  • Summer Language Institute Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh, Advanced Russian (declined) , 2016