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Lelys did her PhD at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia at the Division of Environmental Sciences. She was a professor at the graduate programs of Statistics at Simón Bolivar University, Caracas, Venezuela for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Science Steering Committee of the Biospherical Aspects of the Hydrological cycle project from the International Geosphere-Biosphere program (IGBP) and Lead author of the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment report. She has been a visiting professor at University of California in Santa Cruz, Northern Illinois University and has now an appointment as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests

Environmental Statistics

Professional Information

Spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data,  including the development of risk assessment methods to evaluate the impacts of natural hazards under potential climate change.


PhD in Environmental Sciences. Griffith University, Australia.
MSc in Water Resources Engineering and Planning, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas-Venezuela
Bachelor in Mathematics, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas- Venezuela

Office Address

703 S. Wright St.
M/C 374
Champaign, IL 61820

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Research Output

Decadal oscillation in the predictability of Palmer Drought Severity Index in California

Diodato, N., de Guenni, L. B., Garcia, M. & Bellocchi, G., Jan 1 2019, In : Climate. 7, 1, 6.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Environmental covariate representation of seasonal U.S. tornado frequency

    Gensini, V. A. & DE GUENNI, L. B., Jun 2019, In : Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 58, 6, p. 1353-1367 15 p.

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  • Polynomial and wavelet-type transfer function models to improve fisheries' landing forecasting with exogenous variables

    Vivas, E., Allende-Cid, H., Salas, R. & Bravo, L., Nov 1 2019, In : Entropy. 21, 11, 1082.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Predictive models to estimate sediment volumes deposited by debris flows (Vargas state, Venezuela): an adjustment of multivariate statistical techniques

    Méndez, W., Córdova, J., de Guenni, L. B., Pacheco, H., Chunga, K. & Toulkeridis, T., Jun 1 2019, In : Environmental Earth Sciences. 78, 12, 350.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle