My name is Nicole, and I’m an evolutionary social scientist interested in improving education and communicating science. Here, you’ll find all my professional work, including scholarly publications, popular essays, media appearances, and more. Please see my contact page if you’d like to reach out to me.

Professional Work


My research focuses on human evolution, lifespan development, and education, which has resulted in 40+ professional publications.


I write blogs and op-eds about higher education and teaching, current social scientific research, and non-fiction books I’m reading.


I provide copy editing services for popular science books, course development consulting, and I’m available for speaking engagements.

Bookmarkedđź“š Newsletter

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Periodic Ponderings Newsletter

I have a newsletter, Periodic Ponderings — a place where I periodically share my thoughts about education and science.

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Who I Am

I hold a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in evolution and human development from Oakland University. I am currently an Educational Research Scientist for WGU Labs, an Adjunct Professor at Utah Valley University, and the Communications Officer for the Human Behavior and Evolution Society.

Outside of my formal work, I spend the majority of my time reading non-fiction books, writing about science and higher education, and exploring our wondrous planet.

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my fiancé where I spend my weekends running, hiking, and skiing in the Wasatch mountains, camping in our nation’s beautiful national parks, and discovering the desert’s secrets.