Chelsea L Cervantes De Blois

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: 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 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: http://turmush.kg/ru/news:138774/ Learn more about Chelsea Lissette from her personal webpage: https://chelseacervantesdeblois.umn.edu/

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
  • Human-Environmental Systems
  • Mixed Methods
  • Data scarcity
  • Transcaucasia, Northern Caucasus, and Central Asia
  • Low and-Middle Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Sustainable Development
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
  • Abbasov, Rovshan, Cervantes de Blois, Chelsea L.; Sharov, Petr; Temnikova, Alena; Karimov; Rovshan; Karimova, Gunay. 2019. "Toxic Site Identification Program in Azerbaijan." Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-019-01215-1
  • Ozdogan, Mutlu; Yang, Yang; Allez, George; Cervantes, Chelsea. 2010. "Remote Sensing of Irrigated Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges."Remote Sensing. 2, no. 9: 2274-2304. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs2092274
  • Cervantes De Blois, Chelsea, Ilya Stepanov, Kirill Vlasov, and Ellen Marguerite Ward, The Stanford US-Russia Forum Research Journal, Permafrost Degradation and Coastal Erosion in the US and Russia: Opportunities for Collaboration in Addressing Shared Climate Change Impacts, IX 57-63, 2018. Download
  • 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
  • Best Student Paper, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Eurasian Specialty Group's Student Paper Competition: “Conditions for Ethnic Conflict in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Applying Multi-Criteria Evaluation to Ethnic Conflict in Kyrgyzstan.", 2020
  • Diversity Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship at University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2020
  • United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) Doctoral Scholarship, selected by Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) panel, 2020
  • Berkeley University Population Center's Formal Demography - Bayesian Methods Workshop, Research & Travel Grant, 2020
  • Population Reference Bureau (PRB)'s U.S. Policy Communication Training Program, Research & Travel Grant, 2020
  • Center for Environmental Politics' Environmental Policy and Governance Workshop, Reserach & Travel Grant, 2020
  • Davis Peace Fellowship, Middlebury Language Institute, Advanced-Superior level, Russian, 2020
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Academic Year in Advanced Russian, 2020
  • Title VIII Fellowship, Advanced Russian; U.S. Dept. of State Bureau of Intelligence & Research (declined), 2020
  • 1st place, 3 Minute Thesis Competition, Department of Geography, Environment & Society, 2019
  • Best Poster Award from the Population Association of America's (PAA) poster session on Population, Development, & the Environment; Data & Methods; Applied Demography for her poster: "Which Region of Kyrgyzstan is Most Vulnerable to Ethnic Conflict? Evidence from fieldwork", 2019
  • Best Student Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Eurasian Specialty Group's Student Paper Competition for her paper: "Mapping Azerbaijan's Vulnerability: Analysis of toxic hotspots and migration", 2019
  • 2nd place from the American Association of Geographers' West Lakes Regional Division (WLDAAG) Best Doctoral Presentation Award for her presentation on “Visually Linking Azerbaijan’s Social Inequality & Environmental Vulnerability", 2019
  • 3rd place from the American Association of Geographers' West Lakes Regional Division (WLDAAG) Best Doctoral Presentation Award for her presentation on "Where are 'Human Rights' positioned within the Environment? A Closer Look at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)”, 2019
  • University of Colorado Boulder's Institute of Behavioral Sciences (IBS), Travel Grant, 2019
  • North American Cartographic Info. Society Travel Grant (NACIS), 2019
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP) Travel Grant, 2019
  • 2nd place from the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Cartography Specialty Group's Illustrated Paper Competition for her presentation on "Mapping Azerbaijan's Regional Vulnerability: Analysis of pollutant and demographic data", 2019
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), Advanced Azerbaijani, 2019
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Academic Year in Farsi (Persian), 2018 - 2019
  • Title VIII Fellowship (Russian Language) from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (declined), 2019
  • Title VIII Fellowship (Tajik Language) from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (declined), 2019
  • Foregn Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Summer in Tajik (declined), 2019
  • Brown Fund Award, UMN Geography Department, 2018
  • 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
  • Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), Advanced Azerbaijani (declined), 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