Derek Van Berkel is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University. His research focus is investigating geospatial solutions to sustainability challenges, with a focus on modeling feedbacks between land-use change and the provision of ecosystem services. Derek received his Ph.D. in Environmental Spatial Analysis from the VU University Amsterdam where he developed methodologies for mapping and quantifying ecosystem services. There he also gained expertise in the use of geospatial visualization techniques for collaborative resource management and land use model simulations of agricultural landscapes change. He has also held a postdoctoral position at the Department of Geography, the Ohio State University with the Appalachian Ohio Research group.