Nicole grew up in a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains. She was fortunate enough to realize at a young age that her passion lies in environmental conservation and embarked on a journey to learn about the natural world with the ultimate goal of working to protect it. She had the fortune of traveling to some of the most beautiful and diverse places in the world before the age of 16. She traveled to Argentina, Honduras, Peru, France, Switzerland, and Australia with different institutions for cultural, academic, volunteer, and religious purposes.
She is an avid adventure-seeker, which is a personality trait that has motivated her to embark on journeys, such as paddling 400-miles down the Noatak River in Alaska - one of the most remote and pristine places left on the planet. She has traveled, surfed, climbed, and mountain biked through the West Coast of the U.S., she spent a great deal of time exploring the desert in the Southwestern U.S., backpacked throughout Patagonia, and lived, worked, and skied in New Zealand.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. She spent a large portion of her college career at Prescott College’s Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies located in Bahia de Kino, Sonora, Mexico researching the by-catch mortality rates associated with shrimp trawling.
Nicole has predominately worked in the field of conservation and education. She is currently the Development Coordinator or Quahog Bay Conservancy based out of Harspwell, Maine. She co-teach three semester courses as a Field Assistant at Prescott Colleges's Kino Bay Center studying Marine Conservation. Her time in Mexico she fostered a deep love for and appreciation of the marine environment and sparked a strong desire to protect the valuable aquatic resources. She also is a private tutor for high school students.
When Nicole is not on the job or training, she finds enjoyment in playing ice hockey, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, surfing, backpacking, sleeping under the stars, and reading. Her hard work and dedication transcend her career into her personal life, as she underwent two knee surgeries following a ski accident in 2014, and is dedicated to achieving her recovery goals, which are to get back to playing outside!