Spatial Researcher, Agricultural Expert, Environmental & Regional Geographer

Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois is a 3rd year PhD student in Geography, Environment & Society (GES); at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities working with Prof. Steven M Manson in the Human Environment Geographic Information Sciences Lab (HEGIS). She is also a Graduate Trainee at the Minnesota Population Center (MPC) and was an  MPC Diversity Fellowship recipient assigned to work on the IPUMS Terra project: data of populations and the environment. 

Research Focus: Chelsea's research is centered on the relationship between migration patterns and the environment, which is rooted within interdisciplinary research and requires close engagement with the GISciences, Population Studies, as well as Regional and Cultural Studies when approaching complex environmental and humanitarian issues situated in the former Soviet Republics and Northern Caucasus. 

Research Interests for Collaboration: Application and implementation of GIS, Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Demographic methods when researching migration, environment, land cover changes, policies, gender, health, and land-use management practices. 

Specialties & Expertise:  Agricultural, Climate, and Hydrologic Sciences; GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartographic sciences; Population, Religious, Cultural, and Linguistic aspects of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Latin America, the Balkans and the Middle East.

Currently, Chelsea is a Boren Fellow in Azerbaijan (2017-2018) and was a former Title VIII recipient in St. Petersburg, Russia (Summer 2017). Prior to Chelsea's work at the University of Minnesota, she was working 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 on climate change projects with the US Department of State and CGIAR

Here is a brief article (in Russian language) about her consultant work in Kyrgyzstan (Summer 2015): http://turmush.kg/ru/news:138774/

Department newsletter about Chelsea's research and NSF collaboration 


Chelsea Cervantes