Nichola is passionate about biodiversity and conservation in sustainable development and brings more than 8 years of experience and expertise in the ecology of tropical ecosystems.
Nichola provides a range of project management and consultancy services. In February 2020, she joined the NIRAS Framework Unit dedicated to EU Framework Contracts, the tool used by the European Commission to implement EU funded international development projects. She works across sectors, with a focus on Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Human Rights, Democracy & Peace. Her recent work includes research assistance on an evaluation of the EU’s cooperation with the Southern African Development Community, and monitoring and evaluation of Darwin Initiative biodiversity conservation projects.
Prior to joining NIRAS – LTS, Nichola was a post-doctoral researcher at the Czech Academy of Sciences, studying ant-plant interactions in rainforest and oil-palm landscapes. She has extensive field experience in Papua New Guinea and Malaysian Borneo, a strong analytical background, and is experienced in scientific peer-review. She holds an MSc in Entomology from Imperial College London and a PhD in Entomology from the University of South Bohemia in Czech Republic.