I am thrilled to be in the Geography department, serving students! I came to UCSB in 2010 with a new career path in mind, along the lines of student affairs management, and everything is falling into place. I started out at the Biomolecular Science and Engineering program as the graduate program assistant (GPA), and six months later, I took on an additional position as the GPA for Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. I thoroughly enjoy working with graduate students and am grateful to continue in that role in Geography!
Before coming to UCSB, I was a GIS professional for almost 20 years. I received my BA in Geography with an emphasis in natural resource management from Central Washington University, WA. My first job in my field was as a GIS technician for Kittitas County Conservation District in Ellensburg, WA where I did a lot of cool things in the GIS world. In 2002, I moved to Santa Barbara with my husband, teenage son (at the time), dog, and cat (all crammed in a U-Haul) to be close to my husband’s family and to make a go of it in what I refer to as “vacation land.” I continued my career in GIS for the County of Santa Barbara at URS Corporation (Goleta), then with Dudek (environmental consulting), and, finally, with my own business, until my new career at UCSB unfolded.
I have become more involved on campus through service on the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Council and through the Gaucho U professional development program, where my cohort is coordinating a campus-wide event called “Concerts on the Green” for staff and faculty. In my spare time, I have volunteered at the Ty Warner Sea Center as a docent since 2006. Nothing brings me more joy than sharing nature with people of all ages, especially children. For fun, I thoroughly enjoy live music; all outdoor activities; family and friend get-togethers; good food, beer, wine; and all life has to offer!
Editor’s note: It’s an honor to have someone with Nicole’s expertise, experience, and enthusiasm as our new Graduate Program Assistant / Student Programs Manager. Stop by and welcome her to the Department!