Nicole received her B.Sc. in Marine Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2010. There, she completed her honours thesis with Dolph Schluter examining the genetic basis of ecological traits under divergent selection in threespine stickleback. In collaboration with Katie Peichel and colleagues, she also worked to identify regions of the genome responsible for behaviours leading to reproductive isolation in stickleback species pairs. After graduation, she worked with David Reznick and others investigating eco-evolutionary feedbacks in Trinidadian guppies. Nicole joined the Hoekstra Lab in 2012 and was awarded Harvard's James Mills Peirce Fellowship. Since, she has been studying the evolution, genetics and neurobiology of burrowing behavior in Peromyscus.