Nick graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. His passion for the outdoors and involvement with student sustainability organizations led Nick to pursue a minor in Environmental Systems. During his undergraduate career, Nick studied tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica, focusing on the effects of urbanization and forest density on water quality within the local watershed. Along with other research experiences, this motivated him to pursue a career in conservation. After graduating, Nick worked for Coastal Environments Inc., a coastal engineering and consulting company based out of La Jolla, California. As a project scientist, Nick utilized both field research and data analysis to assist lagoon restoration, artificial reef construction, and coastal dune restoration projects. As a graduate student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, Nick plans to specialize in Conservation Planning and Economics & Politics of the Environment to more effectively work with policy makers and take the necessary actions to manage ecosystem health and resources.