Nicolette is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Education through the Environmental Sciences department at OSU. Her research focus is on free-choice learning and education programs in zoos and aquariums. As an undergraduate, Nicolette studied both the biological and psychological aspects of behavior, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a graduate of the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College with a strong background in wildlife education and animal behavior. She has worked with a wide variety of exotic animals, including marine mammals, primates, psittacines, and large carnivores. Her experience utilizing behavioral principles with both human and non-human animals frames her research goals of evaluating behavior change as a result of conservation education.