Since 2013, Nicole has had the opportunity to develop ORP's science and education programs. She is ORP's marine scientist, doubling as an expedition leader and mariner on each expedition. Her professional background in supporting oceanographic data collection for charts and maintaining Chesapeake Bay's Buoy System (CBIBS) under NOAA contracts gives Nicole diverse experience in managing ocean research activities onboard vessels. She holds a USCG Master Near Coastal Captains License and sails her boat Selkie in the Chesapeake.
After directing science at sea over 20,000 miles Nicole strives to continue to provide data that is integral to monitoring climate change. As a member of the Society of Women Geographers Nicole intends to honor the women who coined the club expression, " Women who know no boundaries".