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Nicole manages SESYNC’s Graduate Student Program, a first-of-its-kind program in which graduate students from across the globe and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds come together for workshops and to conduct team-based, socio-environmental synthesis research. In this capacity, she investigates the interdisciplinary research aspects of leadership, team formation, and group collaboration, while testing the idea that providing a genuine, team-based research experience enables graduate students to build capacity and cooperation as scientists and more successfully conduct interdisciplinary research. Nicole is also the co-Lead of the recently established Environmental Outcomes and Food Systems research theme at SESYNC, and is actively involved in co-designing and co-managing a partner project between SESYNC and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation entitled, “Does Ocean Planning Deliver Socio-Ecological Benefits Relevant to the Sustainable Use of Ocean Ecosystems?” In addition her involvement in other research endeavors focused on qualitative data sharing and the role of qualitative data in synthesis research, Nicole leads a multi-institutional effort to empirically evaluate the outcomes and products of synthetic research in a standardized, reproducible manner. Nicole received her doctorate in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. Her strongly interdisciplinary and mixed methods background ranges from assessing the effects of nature-based tourism on poverty and inequality in southern Africa, to investigating how food system regionalization shapes rural development processes and sheds light on gendered agricultural dynamics in the Rocky Mountain West, to surveying trees on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and mapping water quality and invasive species in Florida’s Everglades.