Nicole L. Abib

Nicole L. Abib

Career Interests

Cryosphere hydrology, watershed planning and management, water quality monitoring, geospatial analysis, project management
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Water Resource Management Certificate in Geospatial Analysis
Bachelor of Science, May 2016
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Major(s): Distinction in Research, Science of Earth Systems
Minor(s): Natural Resources and Climate Change
SEA Semester: Oceans and Climate, Spring 2015
 Woods Hole, MA and South Pacific Ocean
University of Otago, Fall 2014
Dunedin, New Zealand
Coursework: Geophysics, hydrochemistry, and marine science

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, The Wetland Center, Duke University
Collected and processed soil and water samples in restored wetlands and streams to perform water quality assessments through analysis of nutrient concentration, pH, fecal coliform count, and suspended solids. 
September 2017 – Present
Research Associate, The Earthwatch Institute, Cambridge, MA
Tracked impacts of field-based research initiatives on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and international policies using a Microsoft Access database to make data more accessible for peer reviewed publication. February 2017 – June 2017
Research Assistant, Pritchard Lab, Cornell University 
Completed honors thesis on satellite-derived glacier velocity and elevation change rates for Ross Island, Antarctica. Used QGIS and Ames Stereo Pipeline for analysis, orthorectification, and co-registration of satellite imagery. Calculated pixel-tracking and dh/dt using applications from Python, MATLAB, GDAL, and ROI_PAC. May 2015 – June 2016
Student Researcher, SEA Semester, Woods Hole, MA and South Pacific Ocean
Identified deep water masses and variation in physical characteristics while serving as part of crew of 24 on sailing vessel voyage from Christchurch, New Zealand, to Pape’ete, Tahiti.  Operated oceanographic equipment such as the CTD, Niskin Bottle Carousel, phytoplankton, and neuston nets. Ran samples through the spectrophotometer, pH meter, and flourometer, and computed associated calculations.  February 2015 – May 2015
Student Researcher, Tropical Field Ecology & Behavior, Cornell Department of EEB, Kenya 
Evaluated local ecological interactions and organisms at the Mpala Research Center through individual and group research projects. January 2013

Additional Information

Technical Skills: Data analytics and statistics (Excel, ArcGIS Pro, MATLAB, Python, Linux/UNIX, Microsoft Access, R); laboratory skills (spectrophotometry, suspended solids, fecal coliform, nutrient concentrations, sample digestion)

Field skills (surface and subsurface water sampling; sediment coring, high precision GPS); watershed hydrology; wetlands ecology; international water management; geophysical fluid dynamics

Student Groups: Member of Duke Water Network, Student Association for Geospatial Analysis, Student Association of Wetland Scientists


clean water act compliance
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2019



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Academic Institution
Business / Industry
Federal Government
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government