Deputy Director, Northeast Fisheries Science Centre (NEFSC)
Nicole loves the earth, the ocean, and adventure. She spent over 20 years studying the ocean and its resources from research ships and research aircraft with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her workplaces have included undersea explorations for whale sharks, flying through the eye of a hurricane, and sailing a ship in the North and South Pacific to study endangered dolphins.
She is now the Deputy Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, an organization at the crosshairs of climate change with North Atlantic Right Whale conservation and offshore wind development as focal issues. In this role she oversees five laboratories, 400+ staff, and scientific research to support productive, sustainable, and healthy marine ecosystems and coastal communities in the Northeast United States. She is also involved in diversity and inclusion work, supporting diversity internship programs (the Partnership Education Program, PEP, and the Inclusive NOAA Fisheries Internship Program, IN FISH), and is executive sponsor of a Women’s Employee Resource Group.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, surfing, gardening, and cooking.