Hometown: St. Peter, Minnesota
Major: Plant Pathology
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2021
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I had an undergraduate research position the summer before my senior year at UNL in the Agronomy Department. I worked on a project under Roger Elmore. I found how much I love doing research that summer and was excited to have the opportunity to return to Lincoln to pursue a master’s degree.
What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I have found amazing mentors at UNL. The commitment, enthusiasm and passion they have for their work is super inspiring and I feel very lucky to have their support and advice as I advance in my own career.
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
I now have friends and future colleagues from all over the world! Getting to meet so many people with different backgrounds and expertise has really helped me expand my scope of to a global scale.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite classes have been soil microbiology taught by Rhae Drijber and nematology taught by Tom Powers (sorry I had to choose two!). Both of these classes showed me some of the incredible diversity hidden in the soil.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan on pursuing a doctorate degree. I would love to continue studying nematode ecology and evolution.
What’s life like outside of school?
My favorite way to relax is going for a run or bike ride on Lincoln’s trails.
Abigail has received the following scholarships: Larrick/Whitmore Student Travel Grant, Goss Scholarship and Plant Pathology Graduate Student Association Professional Development Award.