Nicole is the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director of the Northwest and North Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and brings a strong research background, proven leadership skills and a deep commitment to advancing the state of climate adaptation science and practice. Nicole’s many years working in the CASC network have provided her with a thorough understanding of the stakeholder-engagement processes necessary to help resource managers incorporate adaptation science into their on-the-ground work. Nicole has also served as the Deputy Director of the Alaska CASC, Deputy Director of the NW CASC and Research Coordinator of the NW CASC.
Nicole’s research experience includes ten years with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, where she studied the links between native and exotic invasive plants, soil biological communities and nutrient cycling in arid lands of the western U.S. She has also worked on topics ranging from biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in tallgrass prairies to climate change effects on soil communities in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from American University. Nicole is currently based in Corvallis, Oregon.