Student Spotlight: Abigail Ridder

Abigail Ridder
Meet Abigail Ridder, a senior environmental studies and plant biology student from Logan, Iowa.
August 10, 2022

Hometown: Logan, IA

Major: Environmental Studies and Plant Biology 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2023 

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

I come from a family with many connections to UNL and I’ve always loved the Huskers. However, it wasn’t until I visited East Campus that I realized that I could find a unique place for myself here.    

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

I love how much the natural resources professors care about their courses and their students. The one-on-one conversations I have had with my professors has played a vital part in shaping my career goals.  

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience? 

The future of natural resources and agriculture relies on building diversity and inclusion. In order to work towards a more sustainable planet we need to work with everyone and with every profession. One of the things that has impressed me the most about CASNR is that climate change has been discussed in every CASNR course that I have taken. 

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity? 

I am currently the vice president of Sustain UNL. This group has helped to educate me about some of the environmental justice issues in Lincoln and throughout the country. I have loved getting to work with people from throughout the Greater Lincoln Community who are contributing to solving the climate crisis in their own ways!  

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

Forest ecology with Dr. Wedin is a class I will never forget. I absolutely loved learning about disturbance ecology and how it varies across the U.S.! Dr. Wedin serving us waffles and pinyon pine nuts was also a huge plus!  

What are your plans post-graduation? 

After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in restoration management. My dream job would working both in an office and in the field planning land restoration projects on federal lands.  

What’s life like outside of school? 

When I’m not doing homework or working, I love to camp and explore the outdoors! I am always looking for new places to set up my hammock.