Collegiate Affiliation

Chelsea Lissette is a PhD candidate, who is currently on the Diversity Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship at University of Minnesota-Duluth instructing her own designed courses in Environmental Policy (Fall 2020) and Introduction to Principles of Geographic Information Systems in Environmental Science (Spring 2021).

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 an alumna of the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) Graduate Trainee (admitted Fall 2016, MPC bio. She was also a MPC Diversity Fellowship recipient (awarded 2016) and worked on the Terra-Populus project: data on population and environment.

Her research foucuses on understanding human-environmental systems which requires the application of GIScience, spatial analysis, and mixed-methods to research land-cover changes, population movement, and human and environmental health challenges situated in Eurasia. Here is a brief article (in Russian language) about her agricultural consultant work in Kyrgyzstan, Summer 2015.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • Remote Sensing; Environmental GIS
  • Human-Environmental Systems
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transcaucasia, Northern Caucasus, and Central Asia
  • Mixed Methods
  • Data scarcity
  • Low and-Middle Income Countries (LMICs)