Nicole obtained her PhD in 2001 by researching the microbial ecology of Great Barrier Reef sponges. Nicole undertook postdoctoral research between 2001-05 at the University of Canterbury / Gateway Antarctica where she investigated the utility of microbial symbionts as biomarkers for environmental stress in the Antarctic marine ecosystem and explored the role of microorganisms as inducers for settlement and metamorphosis of coral reef invertebrates. In 2005, Nicole commenced a research scientist position at AIMS undertaking research that assesses the impact of environmental stress on model invertebrate symbioses (primarily sponges and their microbial symbionts).
Nicole’s current vision is to establish ‘Microbial Contributions to Ecosystem Health’ as a priority research field for marine science. In 2012 she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to commence research into ‘Revealing the structure, evolution and environmental sensitivity of symbioses in basal metazoa’. This project involves assessing the impact of environmental stress on model invertebrate symbioses and determining the role of bacterial, archaeal and viral symbionts in the ability of reef invertebrates to adapt to a changing climate.
James Cook University / Australian Institute of Marine Science, 2001 PhD
James Cook University, 1995 Bachelor of Science, Honours (Class I)
James Cook University, 1994 Bachelor of Science
Australian Institute of Marine Science (2005-Present)
University of Canterbury / Gateway Antarctica (2001-2005)
2012 Future Fellowship (Australian Research Council)
2010 Australian Academy of Science Dorothy Hill Award
2010 Australian Academy of Science Rod Rickards International Fellow
2010 Queensland International Fellowship (Qld Government)