Nicole Kumbula is a second-year master's student in chemistry at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. At HRI she is advised by Chair for Ecosystem Science and Modeling, Dr. Xinping Hu.
In 2019, Nicole participated in a multicontinental exchange program studying social justice and sustainable development in urban environments. The program took her to New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Cape Town. This program sparked her interests in extending her work beyond the chemistry laboratory to include fieldwork and community outreach. She hopes to learn and collaborate with interdisciplinary students, researchers, and policy makers at HRI and around the Gulf of Mexico. Post-graduation Nicole is looking forward to working in environmental consulting and analytical chemistry education.