Marcela Suárez is a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at UCSB. Her research interest is focused on the role of Geographic Information Science in Disaster Risk Management. Prior to attending UCSB, Suárez has worked as GIS Analyst, and in the UNDP Programme, “Integration of ecosystems and adaptation to climate change in the Colombian Massif,” assessing natural hazard risks in the Municipality of Puracé. She holds a B.S. in Cadastral Engineering and Geodesy from Francisco Jose de Caldas District University and a M.Sc. in Disaster Risk Management from the University of Costa Rica, where she also worked as a research assistant using GIS and remote sensing techniques to identify unstable slopes.