Nicole obtained her PhD in 2001 by researching the microbial ecology of Great Barrier Reef sponges and then 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. In 2005, Nicole commenced a research scientist position at AIMS to undertake research assessing the impact of environmental stress on model invertebrate symbioses and exploring the role of microorganisms as inducers for settlement and metamorphosis of coral reef invertebrates.
Nicole’s research group uses experimental and field based ecological research to explore multiple facets of coral reef microbiology. Metagenomic, metatranscriptomic and advanced imaging approaches are employed to understand reef invertebrates as ‘metaorganisms’ and translate this research into strategic tools for coral reef management. Nicole also holds a joint appointment at the University of Queensland, where she leads inter-institutional research projects in the field of ecogenomics.
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)
Australian Centre for Ecogenomics, University of Queensland (2017-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)