A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nick moved to Florida in 2004 to attend Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He earned a bachelor's degree in marine biology at FAU in 2008. The following year he moved to the Florida Keys for work as a science instructor, teaching marine biology to campers and students at Seacamp & Newfound Harbor Marine Institute. Nick also attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU's) Oceanographic center. As a member of the marine larval ecology and recruitment lab under Dr. Joana Figueiredo, he gained experience working with brooding and broadcast-spawning corals, coral fertilization, larval settlement and recruitment. At NSU Nick's research experiment investigated the effects of varying irradiance regimes on sexually-produced coral recruits of two Caribbean species, Porites astreoides and Agaricia agaricites.
Nick is the primary biologist/aquarist for the Coral Gene bank at the Mote Aquaculture Research Park.
BS Marine Biology, Florida Atlantic University
MS Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University
We are tremendously thankful that Mote Aquarium will be able to reopen to the public on Saturday, October 1, during normal operating hours (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM), following our closure for preparation and response to Hurricane Ian. Unfortunately, our Sharktoberfest event, which was scheduled for October 1, will be postponed. If you have purchased a ticket, please check your email for more information. Our thoughts and best wishes are with our friends, family, partners and all of those who are continuing to manage recovery efforts. Any additional updates about reopening will be provided via social media: @MoteMarineLab on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.