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Nicole learned about the SRC’s work through international climate change platforms. Now part of the SERSD Master’s Program, she seeks to develop inter-disciplinary skills and knowledge on social-ecological resilience for application at the local level. Her research interests include: sustainable food systems, ecosystem resilience and climate food security.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, with a minor in Environmental Science from Boston University. She conducted research on: tropical ecology in Ecuador, climate change effects on butterfly migration in New England, and vessel noise impact on whale communication in Alaska.
Between 2012 - 2015 and in 2017, Nicole was part of WWF Peru’s conservation team. She contributed to a range of projects on: Marine Protected Areas; fisheries sustainability; ecosystem services; renewable energy; freshwater ecosystem conservation; and predominately, climate change mitigation and adaptation. She also co-led the development of WWF Peru’s 2017-2021 Conservation Strategy for its Climate & Energy and Freshwater Programs.
Since 2014, her core work has been on addressing climate change issues. Both at WWF Peru and the Ministry of Environment of Peru, she contributed to the advancement of the country’s National Climate Change Agenda and regional policy efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals. She was also part of WWF’s Climate Delegation for the COP20 and Peru’s Climate Delegation for the COP21.
Throughout, she has been very involved in youth-led environmental initiatives. Most recently, she co-leads an ongoing youth project on environmental education.
Nicole is thankful for the opportunities she has received to explore diverse themes within conservation science. Today, driven by a commitment to protect nature, a love of people and of food culture, and inspired both by the power of local intervention and the critical role of food systems in addressing climate change and development issues, Nicole is determined to focus hereafter on supporting the protection of food-provisioning ecosystems and strengthening socio-ecological resilience in the face of climate change.
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