EDUCATION

Professional EXPERIENCE

  • Postdoctoral Researcher: Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University, Sweden. 08/2018 – Present. Supervisor: Dr. Johan Ekroos.

  • Project Assistant: Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. 01/2018 – 08/2018. Supervisor: Prof. Jonas Ardö.

  • Parental Leave (100%): 04/2017 – 01/2018.

  • PhD Candidate: Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. 12/2012 – 03/2017. Supervisor: Prof. Jonas Ardö.

  • Geographic Information Specialist: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. 08/2010 – 10/2012. Supervisor: Prof. Robin E. Bell.

  • Project Geoscientist: Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Unit, Science Applications International Corporation, Hackensack, NJ, USA. 05/2007 – 08/2008. Supervisor: Mark Hasting.

  • Geotechnician: Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Unit, Science Applications International Corporation, Hackensack, NJ, USA. 04/2005 – 05/2007. Supervisor: Jillian M. Loughlin.

  • Intern: Energy, Environment and Infrastructure Unit, Science Applications International Corporation, Hackensack, NJ, USA. 08/2004 – 04/2005. Supervisor: Yvonne Ciccone.

  • Ecology Technician: Terrestrial Environmental Research Center, Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 08/1999 – 08/2001. Supervisor: Dr. Christopher R. Drew.

  • Volunteer: Terrestrial Environmental Research Center, Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 05/1999 – 08/1999. Supervisor: Dr. Christopher R. Drew.

RESEARCH STAYS

  • Visiting Scholar: Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. 08/2015 – 12/2015. Supervisor: Prof. Ranga Myneni.

  • Visiting Researcher: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA, USA. 04/2010 – 08/2010. Supervisor: Dr. Peter Leimgruber.

TEACHING

  • Effects of climate change on Arctic livelihoods and living conditions in Greenland and Iceland (participant instructor, July 2018)

  • Introduction to R Programming – Introduction to Spatial Statistics (Spring 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • GIS & Remote Sensing in Urban and Rural Sustainable Development (Spring 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems (Online) (Fall 2014, 2015)

  • GIS in Physical Planning (Online) (Spring 2014, Fall 2014)

  • Introduction to Species Distribution Modeling (Summer 2010)

SUPERVISED THESES

  1. Deborah Bowyer (2015). Measuring Urban Growth, Urban Form and Accessibility as Indicators of Urban Sprawl in Hamilton, New Zealand. Master of Science in Geographical Information Sciences. (Main Supervisor) Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University.

  2. Stefanos Georganos (2016). Exploring the spatial relationship between NDVI and rainfall in the semi-arid Sahel using geographically weighted regression. Master of Science in Geomatics. (Main Supervisor) Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University.

  3. Abdalla Eltayeb (2017). Mapping woody canopy cover in the semi-arid Sahel: an approach using satellite remote sensing and Google Earth imagery. Master of Science in Geomatics. (Main Supervisor) Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University.

  4. Enzo Zerega (2018). Assessing edge pixel classification and growing stock volume in forest stands using a machine learning algorithm and Sentinel-2 data. Master of Science in Geomatics. (Co-supervisor) Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University.

GRANTS, AWARDS and Fellowships

Bold indicates currency of disbursement.

  • Swedish Resource Council (VR): International Postdoctoral Mobility Grant, June 2018 (Deferred to June 2019). ( SEK 3.150.000 / € 306,310 / US$ 360,460)

  • Faculty of Science, Lund University, Travel Grant, April 2018. (SEK 7.000 / € 690 / US$ 820)

  • Annual Prize of the Torsten Hägerstrands Foundation for the Promotion of Geographical Research, May 2017 (SEK 12.000 / € 1.245 / US$ 1,350)

  • Japan Geoscience Union / American Geophysical Union: PhD Travel Grant attend the JpGU/AGU Joint Meeting in Chiba, Japan, April 2017. (US$ 1,000/ € 900 /SEK 8.900)

  • NordForsk/Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies: Grant to attend Summer School on Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Ecosystems and Societies in Nuuk, Greenland, July 2016. (€ 3.000 / SEK 29.000 / US$ 3,275)

  • Royal Physiographic Society of Lund: PhD Travel Grant to visit Boston University, USA, September 2015 (SEK 13.500 / € 1.400 / US$ 1,500)

  • Lund University Centre for Studies of Carbon Cycle and Climate Interactions: Project Seed Grant, July 2015 (SEK 30.000 / € 3.100 / US$ 3,400)

  • Faculty of Science, Lund University: Travel Grant to attend Doctoral Summer School on “Climate Change – Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies” in Graz, Austria, June 2014. (SEK 9.300 / € 970 / US$ 1,050)

  • Royal Swedish Academy of Science: Margit Althin Grant to present at the 4th iLEAPS Science Conference on "Terrestrial ecosystems, atmosphere, and people in the Earth system" in Nanjing, China, May 2014. (SEK 14.500 / € 1.500 / US$ 1,640)

  • National Science Foundation of the United States / American Association of Geographers: Junior Scholar Travel Grant to attend the International Geographical Congress in Cologne, Germany, August 2012. (US$ 1,250 / € 1,150 / SEK 11,000)

  • National Science Foundation of the United States / American Association of Geographers: Junior Scholar Travel Grant to attend the International Geographical Union Regional Conference in Santiago, Chile, November 2011. (US$ 1,100 / € 1.000 / SEK 9.750)

  • Association of Geographic Information Laboratories for Europe: Student Travel Grant to attend the 12th International Conference on Geographic Information Science in Hannover, Germany, June 2009. (€ 500 / SEK 4.800 / US$ 545)

  • European Commission Full Graduate Fellowship: MSc in Geospatial Technologies, 09/2008 – 03/2010. (€ 25.600 / SEK 247.000 / US$ 27,900)

SCIENCE SERVICE

Associate Editor: Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, published by the Zoological Society of London. 12/2017 – Present.

Reviewed For:

  • Biogeosciences

  • Physical Geography

  • Global Ecology and Biogeography

  • Land Degradation and Development

  • Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

  • Environment, Development and Sustainability

Invited Talks

  1. Somali diaspora involvement in complex crises: The Abaaraha Crisis Mapping Tool. (2018) Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  2. How the Emirates Natural History Group put me on the road to science. (2017) Emirates Natural History Group 40th Anniversay, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

  3. Mapping the supply and demand of primary production in African drylands. (2017) University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, United States.

  4. On the causes of drought and famine in Somalia. (2017) Drought Emergency Meeting, Diaspora Emergency Action and Coordination / Danish Refugee Council, Stockholm, Sweden.

  5. Processing Primary Production Data for Africa. (2017) Big Data for a Small Planet, Lund, Sweden.

  6. Supply and Demand of NPP in the Sahel. (2015) Less for More or More for Less? Adaptation to decreasing resource availability in the Sahel, Lund, Sweden.

  7. Supply and demand of the products of photosynthesis in Sahelian Africa. (2014) Information for Meeting Africa’s Agricultural Transformation and Food Security Goals (IMAAFS) Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Abdulhakim Abdi (2017). Impact of the El Niño – La Niña cycle on African drylands. Japan Geoscience Union – American Geophysical Union Joint Meeting, Chiba, Japan.

  • Abdulhakim Abdi, Anton Vrieling, Genesis T Yengoh, Assaf Anyamba, Jonathan Seaquist, Caroline C Ummenhofer, Jonas Ardö (2015).Climatic and Socioeconomic Determinants of the Supply and Demand of Net Primary Production in sub-Saharan Drylands. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, USA.

  • Abdulhakim Abdi, Jonas Ardö, Jonathan Seaquist, Lars Eklundh, David Tenenbaum. (2014). Preliminary Analysis of the Supply and Demand of Aboveground Net Primary Production in the Semiarid Sahel. Presented at the 2nd Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, Berlin, Germany.

  • Abdulhakim Abdi, Michael Wolovick, Kirsty Tinto, Indrani Das, Timothy Creyts, Robin E. Bell. (2011). Mapping the Spatial Extent of Basal Frozen-on Ice in Northern Greenland. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, USA.

UNIVERSITY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lund University: Physical Geography Doctoral Student Council, Chair (Spring 2014 – Spring 2015).

  • Lund University: Science Doctoral Student Union Working Group, Member (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).

  • Lund University: Doctoral Student Union Executive Board, Member (Spring 2015).

  • University of Muenster: Erasmus Mundus Association Course Representative (Fall 2009).

  • Montclair State University: International Student Organization, President (Fall 2004 – Spring 2006).

  • Montclair State University: Student Government, Director of Multicultural Affairs (Spring 2003, Fall 2003).

  • Montclair State University: Student Government, International Student Representative (Fall 2002).

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • R – Extensive Experience (8 years)

  • ArcGIS – Extensive Experience (10 years)

  • ArcGIS Server – Broad Experience (2 years)

  • QGIS – Broad Experience (6 years)

  • Python – Sporadic Experience (1 year)

  • MS Office Suite – Extensive Experience (17 years)

  • Linux (Ubuntu) – Extensive Experience (4 years)

  • Technical and Scientific Writing – Broad Experience (6 years)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Pedagogical course on Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Theory and Practice, Lund University, March 2018.

  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies Summer School: Climate Change Effects on Arctic Ecosystems and Societies in Greenland and Iceland, July 2016.

  • Barents Summer School: Climate Change Effects on Arctic Landscapes, Abisko Research Station, Abisko, Sweden, June 2015.

  • Doctoral Summer School: Climate Change - Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies, Graz, Austria, September 2014.

  • Scientific Discovery Using Computers (COMPUTE) Graduate Research School, Lund University, Sweden, 2014 – 2016.

  • Climate, Biodiversity and Ecosystems (ClimBEco) Graduate Research School, Lund University, Sweden, 2013 – 2015.

  • European Space Agency 4th Advanced Training Course in Land Remote Sensing, Harokopio University, Athens, Greece, July 2014.

  • Graduate Course on Earth Observation for Climate Change Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.

[Last updated: October 04, 2018]

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