Nicole has extensive experience designing, planning, and executing hydrological and wetland studies and monitoring programs. Nicole is passionate about the conservation and restoration of wetlands, and as one of 13 Professional Wetland Scientists in Canada, she strives to improve monitoring methods through the development and application of quantitative assessments of wetland functions. She applies her knowledge of best management practices, legislation, guidelines, and current research to develop effective, project-specific recommendations for the sustainable management, mitigation, and restoration of aquatic environments. Examples of her work include the design of habitat suitability criteria for macroinvertebrates, assessment of groundwater pumping effects on streamflow and wetlands, evaluation of impacts of climate change on streamflow and wetlands, determination of water residency times, examination of potential ecohydrological effects of reservoir drawdown and flooding on adjacent habitat, and design and implementation of water and energy balance studies for wetlands.
Nicole has authored peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and in conference proceedings, environmental assessments, EAC amendments, and scoping, baseline, monitoring, and management plan reports. Her technical reviews encompass a wide range of hydrological issues, including the regulatory framework for surface and groundwater management in British Columbia; potential impacts to instream flows and wetland functions from proposed hydroelectric, pipeline, and mine projects; and hydrological guidance for wetland restoration.