Nicola is a project coordinator for the Luc Hoffmann Institute working in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC. Nicola works with partner institutions to deliver high profile and impacting projects and help to promote the integration of positive biodiversity strategies into future business models.
Nicola's Ph.D. focused on the protection of vulnerable marine reefs and associated marine protected areas. Before that, she was awarded an international scholarship from the Bermuda Biological Station for Research to undertake genetic studies of coral populations.
Over the last ten years she has driven forwards successful conservation initiatives that have spanned from grassroots projects to policy creation. She has held various international posts, with a focus on protected areas and the sustainable use of natural resources - in particular fisheries. Having diversified into the terrestrial and broader environmental sector, she has been instrumental to the establishment of a locally-run, Tanzanian NGO. The NGO focusses on human-wildlife conflict and supporting local rural communities to access the benefits of ecotourism, equality, and education.