Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois

Graduate Research Assistant
Predoctoral Trainee
Geography, Environment and Society

IPUMS Data Projects

Research Interests

Environmental health; Population health; Land cover changes; Migration patterns and Population data


Chelsea Lissette is a PhD student in Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. She is also a Graduate Trainee and Researcher at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC). As a MPC Diversity Fellow (2016) she worked on the IPUMS-Terra project. Her research focuses on the use of spatial sciences and demography methods when approaching complex environmental and humanitarian issues situated in the Caucasus and Central Asia. 

During her time at Minnesota, Chelsea Lissette has been awarded the PAA 2019 Best Poster Award for her work in Kyrgyzstan; the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) in Baku, Azerbaijan (2019); the Boren Fellow in Azerbaijan (2017-2018), and the Title VIII in St. Petersburg, Russia (2017). She has also worked on environmental projects with the UNDP office in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Prior to her 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 intensively in climate change projects with the US Department of State and CGIAR.

Her areas of expertise are Environmental Policies, Health Risks; Geographic Information Science (GIS); Cartography; International Environmental & Human Rights Law, Remote Sensing; Agricultural, Climate, Migration and Hydrologic Sciences; Religious, Cultural, and Linguistic aspects of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Selected 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. 

Ozdogan, Mutlu; Yang, Yang; Allez, George; Cervantes, Chelsea. 2010. "Remote Sensing of Irrigated Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges."Remote Sensing. 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.