Personal profile

Personal profile

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

605 E. Springfield Ave.

Computer Applications Building Room 252
Champaign, IL 61820

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