Abigail Meyer

Education

University of Michigan, College of Engineering 2020, with Honors

B.S.E. Computer Science Engineering

Minor in Climate Science and Impacts Engineering

Minor in Program in the Environment

Coursework Curriculum Vitae Student Orgs

TrEnCh: Tools for TRanslating ENvironmental CHange into organismal responses

Our goal is to build case studies of how animals are impacted by climate change to improve our approach to climate change biology education, policy, and research.

I am a research analyst with the Trench Project, a research group in the Department of Biology, University of Washington. My specialty is software engineering for ecology. My main work is with Trench-IR. I have also assisted with Trench-Ed and the TrenchR Modules.

Trench-IR Trench-Ed TrenchR Modules

The Wallenberg Fellowship

Beginning in June 2021, I will embark on my Wallenberg journey. I was fortunate in being selected for the Wallenberg Fellowship, which has granted me this unique opportunity.

Greenland was illuminated to me by my participation in the 2019 Greenland Expedition hosted by faculty from the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Department. On the expedition, we learned about remote fieldwork camping alongside an ice sheet and witnessed the warming climate pointed to by native Greenlanders and visiting scientists. I fell in love with the island of ice.

The Wallenberg Fellowship allows me to return and work alongside Greenlandic organizations for a full year. Qaqortoq, a town of three thousand and the fourth-largest town in Greenland, will be the main location of my work. While in the area, I will be residing partially at Isortoq Reindeer Station. While at the reindeer farm I will be working for my stay, including being both a helpful farm hand and an American contact. With my hopes of sustainable living in the future, I look forward to assisting with the day-to-day of living off the land in Greenland, including fishing, herding, gardening, food preparation, winter storage, and farm maintenance.

I will work with UNESCO World Heritage Kujataa and Innovation Southern Greenland in Qaqortoq. Greenland's intense remoteness leads to unfamiliarity with the deep history of the island and its inhabitants of 90% native Inuit Greenlanders. We hope to bridge this divide by creating 3-D models and online learning experiences of their key ruins and natural sites conserved by UNESCO Kujataa. I will also be conducting a vegetation survey of a nearby island recently surrounded by mines, to allow monitoring of the effects of mining pollution on arctic ecosystems.

2019 Greenland Expedition

Research

Mondrian

Environmental modelling of native wetland plants to build invasion resistance

Research with Dr. Bill Currie, University of Michigan SEAS. Funded by Michigan Sea Grant Environmental Internship 2019 & 2020

MONDRIAN is a clonal herbaceous wetland simulator developed by Dr. William Currie and others (Currie et al. 2014). The model simulates plant competition within a native and invaded wetland. I worked with MONDRIAN and Dr. Currie in winter semester 2019 in an independent study, summer 2019 funded by Michigan Sea Grant, and summer 2020 funded by Michigan Sea Grant.

I produced two software products for MONDRIAN: a Moran's I spatial statistic calculator and a visualization tool. Both were utilized in further research. My research was focused on the spatial statistics of the biotic resistance of native wetland plant communities, i.e. the question: Does a regularly distributed or clumped native species community compete better against an invasive species? This research ended when it confirmed the null hypothesis that spatial structure as defined in the research had no correlation with biotic resistance. I presented my research with a poster and a presentation at the Michigan Sea Grant 2019 Symposium, and a powerpoint presentation at the Michigan Sea Grant 2020 Symposium.




NOAA/GLERL Lake-Effect Snow Modeling

Research with Dr. Ayumi Fujisaki-Manome, University of Michigan CLaSP and NOAA GLERL. Summer 2019, Ann Arbor, MI

The Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System feeds into many areas of the local weather report of Michigan: precipitation, wind, and snow. Until a recent grant, it did not couple an atmospheric and land model with a dynamic Great Lakes water model. This was a significant failure when the model was forecasting lake-effect snow, a weather artifact heavily influenced by lake dynamics. NOAA and GLERL researchers have developed a new coupled model to forecast Michigan weather.

My first task on this research project was to create a software program to evaluate the forecasting abilities of various new coupled models. I wrote the code in python 3.6 with netCDF inputs. The software compares various model outputs with observations, focused on comparing average snow water equivalent, max snow water equivalent, and location of max snow water equivalent. My second task on this research project was to create a software program to plot the snow water equivalent on a map of the great lakes with easily adjustable polygon placement via lon/lat pairs.




Northwoods Survey

Research with Dr. Paige Fischer, University of Michigan SEAS. 2019, Ann Arbor, MI

I competed data entry and data analysis for the Northwoods Survey. The survey data was compiled in Excel. The data analysis was completed in Python 3.6. The survey sought to determine management strategies, climate impacts, and hardships noted by small woodlands owners in the Northwoods region. As well, I assisted in the editing of a grant proposal and tenure portfolio. I also assisted in compiling research for a literature review of Chilean forest management by small forested land owners.




Technologies and Skills

Software Engineering for Ecology

Azure Web Services: full stack development, cloud computing, UI.

Languages: C++, R, Python, Javascript, MATLAB, C, Java, SQL, HTML, CSS.

Development: Agile Development, Object Oriented Programming, Test-Driven Development

Tools: GIT, RShiny, ArcGIS, JIRA, OpenCV, mySQL, QT & QT Designer, Eclipse/Visual Studio/Xcode, {{mustache}}, Node.js, exiftool, Bootstrap

Software Engineering Internships

Lockheed Martin: Summer 2018. Denver, CO.

CME Group: Summer 2017. Chicago, IL.

Volunteering

Rancocas Creek Farm

In 2019, Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) received an extraordinary donation of 72-acres of farmland adjacent to its headquarters from Cindy Yingling, Louis Eni, and Chris Eni. PPA set up Rancocas Creek Farm to transform the soy farm into a model of sustainably managed land that includes habitat, green stormwater infrastructure, and organic, regenerative farming. This project will simultaneously solve severe stormwater runoff into Vincentown Village and Rancocas Creek; heal damaged soils that do not infiltrate and treat stormwater as they should; create habitat for pollinators and grassland birds, among other wildlife; and launch an economically productive organic farm to maintain the project over time and attract visitors to learn how sustainable land management can protect natural resources and provide healthy food.

I volunteered at Rancocas Creek Farm in Summer and Fall of 2020 in Medford, NJ. Tasks have included harvesting, weeding, mulching, cloving garlic, etc.




United Technologies for Kids

During May and June of 2019, I taught a STEM class in Lima, Peru with UTK. United Technologies for Kids (UTK) is a non-profit-startup that promotes STEM education in high schools in developing countries and low-income societies. They work as a platform to transfer knowledge and technology from US universities to schools through partnerships with student organizations from UC Berkeley, MIT, and the University of Michigan.

My co-teacher and I taught for three weeks the basics of electricity, sustainable and socially-minded design, Arduino, CAD, and 3D printing at St. George's.

I was active in recruiting for the 2020 cohort, which unfortunately was cancelled due to COVID-19.




African Leadership Academy

In June 2020, I worked with the African Leadership Academy's Summer Engineering Academy as a mentor. SEA was intended to run in South Africa, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced remote participation from the one-week program. Mentors and the leadership came from across the globe to remotely assist, and the students attended from Nigeria and Algeria. I mentored a group of 3 students on an engineering design challenge focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.