Chelsea L. Cervantes de Blois, PhD
The utilization of spatial analysis and data visualization is at the core of Chelsea Lissette's methodology which has been recognized and honored by the academic, federal, and private sectors.
To name a few, she has been funded by USGIF GEOINT scholarship (2019-2022), awarded the Best Poster Award in 2019 from the Population Association of America (PAA) and the best student paper and poster awards from the American Association of Geographers (AAG)'s Cartography & Eurasian Specialty Groups at the annual meetings (2017-2020) for her innovative approach to combine census and/or conflict data, satellite imagery, environmental/climate data in addition to in-country fieldwork in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Prior to Chelsea Lissette's time at the University of Minnesota she worked on the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for Climate Change, with Todd Stern followed by her role as a visiting Climate Change Researcher at CGIAR to publish three World Bank reports focused on Mexico's Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
During Chelsea Lissette's PhD program she worked at the United Nations Development Program UNDP office in Baku, Azerbaijan where she worked on environmental and climate projects.
Chelsea Lissette also was a delegate for the Stanford U.S. - Russia Forum (SURF) where she collaborated and published with the Climate and Environmental Working Group with scientists from Stanford University's Earth System Science Faculty, Moscow's National Research University Higher School of Economics Faculty, and Moscow State University's Geology Faculty (2017-2018). The impact of her collaboration lead to an invitation to present with her collaborators the impacts of permafrost degradation on high latitude communities in Alaska and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Northwestern Siberia for Vladimir Barbin, the Senior Arctic Official of the Russian Federation, and for Antoly Antonov, the Russian Ambassador to United States.