My name is Nicole, and I am an evolutionary social scientist interested in higher education, teaching and learning, reading, and hypotheses about our world. Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find all my professional work, including scholarly publications, popular essays, media appearances, and more.

Professional Work


My research focuses on human evolution, human development, close relationships, and behavior genetics, resulting in 40+ scholarly publications.


I write popular posts 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, and I am available for speaking engagements on a variety of topics.

Periodic Ponderings Newsletter

I have a regular newsletter, Periodic Ponderings: a place for me to explore my thoughts about what I’m reading, what I’m doing, and what I’m wondering.

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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.