Turks and Caicos Islands
B.S. in Biology
University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI, USA)
Nick was born and raised in the Land o’ Cheese—Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing up, he spent his summers on sailboats around the Caribbean and earned his PADI open water certification as soon as he turned the minimum age. Nick has been diving for 13 years, and from the first descent in his open water 1 dive, he knew his love for the ocean and the sport was real.
Nick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Biology in 2015. In the fall of 2014 he studied abroad at the SFS Center in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Nick was able to use his love for scuba diving to research and promote the importance of the ocean. Nick’s Directed Research project was focused on the breeding habits of the Caribbean spiny lobsters and the effectiveness of the lobster casitas which he helped put in place.
Following graduation, Nick worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Milwaukee before moving to Los Angeles to be closer to the ocean. Nick earned his Divemaster’s certification with Eco Dive Center, and then continued with Eco as a Divemaster for the next year. He’s dived with all kinds of animals including sharks, sea lions, goliath grouper, and giant sea bass.
Nick loves diving through the kelp forests of the Pacific Ocean but is absolutely ecstatic to return to Big South, where the water is warm and the viz is clear. He is eager to help ensure that the incoming students have an experience as awesome and memorable as his was.