Diana Del Angel is a PhD Student in Coastal and Marine System Science working with HRI Endowed Chair of Socio-economics, Dr. David Yoskowitz. She received a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2008 and a M.S. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2011. Diana has spent over seven years working in Texas coastal environments, focusing on mapping and remote sensing, barrier island processes, coastal change, and hurricane impacts. In 2015 she was awarded the Gulf Research Program Science Policy Fellowship and spent one year working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. As a Science Policy Fellow she developed an ecosystem assessment framework for Florida’s coastal and aquatic managed areas. Her dissertation research will quantify wetland ecosystem benefits and values received by coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico.