Nicole is a marine geologist with interests in coastal to deep-sea environments. Nicole studies the seafloor using autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology equipped with imaging, sampling, and mapping instruments. She uses the information to understand the interactions between seafloor geology and biology in different environments, including mud volcanoes, cold seeps, beaches, shellfish beds, and artificial reefs.
Nicole graduated from the University of Maine in 2006 with a B.S. in marine science and minor in geology. She received a Masters of Science in oceanography from Rutgers University in 2008. In 2012 she earned her PhD in geology from the University of Delaware.