Nicole completed her Environmental Science degree in 1994 at Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland. She worked in ecotourism and environmental education for 10 years in Australia and overseas before returning to Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2003 to complete a 1st class Honours. Her research focused on the ecology of glow-worms, which are the larval stage of a fly that produces bioluminescence to attract prey.
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