Nicole graduated from Duke University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. Following a lifelong love of animals, she accepted her first animal husbandry internship at Mystic Aquarium where she learned about sea lion training and animal behavior. During this internship she stumbled upon the book Dolphin Mysteries and reignited a desire to pursue scientific research. After returning from a second animal husbandry internship at the Georgia Aquarium, Nicole became a volunteer with DCP in June of 2012. She completed an internship in Bimini, The Bahamas with DCP in the summer of 2013. She loved it so much that she even brought home two souvenirs: a pair of stray Bahamian kittens!
Since this first field experience with DCP she traveled to RIMS with Dr. Dudzinski in 2013 and returned to Bimini to assist Kel Melillo-Sweeting with various college field courses in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 field seasons. Now she is a Master's candidate at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and will be collaborating with DCP for her thesis--the dolphins of Bimini will be the focus of her research project.