Meet Our Staff


nicole (2)Nicole serves as Education Director for the Mars Society, working to improve the organization’s educational outreach for the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars.

Nicole is a secondary school educator and adjunct astronomy professor.  She teaches sciences ranging from Astrobiology to Zoology and everything in between.  She received her degree in Biology with a concentration in Astronomy and Astrobiology from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah and a Masters Certificate in Astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.  Nicole is a member of the Tau Chi Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society.  She is also an experienced member of the Speakers Bureau reaching out to promote educational awareness in Astronomy and Mars related subjects and research.

Other notable volunteer work included working with Dr. James Nienow at Valdosta State University in collaboration with Dr. Chris McKay, NASA Ames, on micrometeorology of hypoliths (extremophiles).

Nicole has been studying Mars since she was a teenager, when she read the December 1988 issue of National Geographic Magazine’s article, Mission to Mars. Since then, she has been hooked. Nicole is married to Doug Willett and they have two sons, Jeremiah and Isaiah.

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