Abby Vandenberg is entering her final year at the University of California Santa Barbara. She is studying Physical Geography and Ocean Science and pursuing a Technology Management Certificate in business. Growing up Abby loved maps, it was not until her first year at UCSB that she found the geography program and realized the countless applications and importance of geography for answering some of today’s biggest questions. Abby spent the summer creating maps in R and enjoying the process of creating spatial depictions from large datasets. Abby is specifically interested in GIS and sea floor mapping, one of the few areas on Earth left to be discovered and fully understood. Intrigued by all things involving the ocean, Abby spends her free time kiteboarding, boating and foiling around Santa Barbara, CA.