Zach Sutherby is a fourth-year Environmental Science student with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He was part of the 2017 cohort for NSF IRES, and found specific interest in understanding the role ecosystem services play in Disaster Risk Reduction and how Geographic Information Capacity can help quantify ecosystem benefits. He directed his individual project towards understanding current geospatial tools used to quantify ecosystem services and created a conceptual framework that utilizes these tools as means to quantify ecosystem services in the context of Ecological Disaster Risk Reduction. Zach was assigned to the University of Bonn campus, and very much enjoyed working with the foreign collaborators and other researchers at the location. Zach has also worked with Dr. Tomaszewski in building a site selection model for siting potential anaerobic digesters in Upstate New York. Zach's hobbies include kayaking, snowboarding, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying new experiences. After graduation, Zach plans on starting his career with ESRI as an ArcGIS analyst, and looks forward to learning and further building his skills using GIS software and techniques.