Daria Ponstingel is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Daria earned her PhD in Geography from Texas State University at San Marcos. Her research investigates human aspects of environmental well-being, including how decision-making, governance, and policy affect the outcomes of socio-ecological systems, and how these impacts can be managed and regulated. Daria uses GIS and remote sensing techniques to analyze ecological change and evaluate ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration. In her work, Daria also applies diverse economies and Ostrom’s frameworks to understand human behavior in natural resource management.