Nicole grew up in Arlington, Virginia and previously lived in North Carolina and Long Island before moving to New York City. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University and an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Columbia University. A conservation ecologist and outdoor enthusiast, Nicole is passionate about piquing scientific curiosity through education and mentorship and using science to inform policy and management decisions for biodiversity conservation. In a professional capacity, she has coordinated programs for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Nicole’s academic career includes conducting research at the American Museum of Natural History and in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and teaching aquatic ecology, conservation biology and urban ecology at Columbia University. Nicole is excited to integrate her scientific, teaching and leadership expertise in her role as Advising Dean at Columbia University’s Berick Center for Student Advising.