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Nicole serves as the coordinator for SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuit Program, a first-of-its-kind program in which graduate students from across the globe and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds come together to conduct team-based, socio-environmental synthesis research. In this capacity, she and Dr. Jonathan Kramer as Co-Investigators explore 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?” Nicole is involved in several other research endeavors focused on qualitative data sharing and the role of qualitative data in synthesis research and on evaluating the outcomes of interdisciplinary research in a standardized 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.