Nicole is a postdoctoral associate in the Earth Lab researching wildfire entrapment risk in Colorado. She has a Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine, where she studied methods for mapping individual tree mortality in the Sierra Nevada ecoregion of California using high-resolution lidar and multispectral imagery from the National Ecological Observatory Network. She also used machine learning to link individual tree mortality from drought and bark beetle outbreak to the Landsat time series. In addition, she has an M.A. in Applied Mathematics from California State University, Fullerton, a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a mathematics teaching credential. Nicole is interested in education, geospatial analysis, and climate impacts on ecosystems and people.