The Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) has selected Amy Nathanson as a Student Assistant for the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference, June 18 – 22, in San Diego, California. Nathanson, a masters candidate in the UMass-Amherst Natural Resources Conservation Forest Resources program, was one of 60 students selected from a pool of 300 applicants to receive a full conference registration package, hotel accommodations, and meal stipend. The ESRI User Conference is the largest in the world devoted to geographic information system (GIS) technology. Over 14,000 people from more than 120 countries will attend this conference to learn new skills, share information and learn new tips and tricks on managing, manipulating and analyzing geographic spatial data and databases. Nathanson works with Professor David Kittredge studying patterns of forest change across Massachusetts.