Nicole is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Nicole studies seafloor habitats including artificial and natural reefs, shellfish beds, estuarine and shelf environments, using multiple technologies (acoustics, video, sampling). Her research aims at understanding the links between sediments, waves and currents, and biological colonization of the seafloor.
Nicole graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in marine science in 2006. She received her M.S. from Rutgers University in oceanography in 2008 and her PhD in geology from the University of Delaware in May 2012.