Nicole Pittoors is a third year Ph.D. student in Biology at Lehigh University. Advised by Dr. Santiago Herrera, her research involves using metabarcoding to describe the biodiversity and connectivity of mesophotic and deep-sea communities. She is broadly interested in larval ecology and reproductive biology of mesophotic and deep-sea invertebrates. Before Lehigh, Nicole completed a B.Sc. in Ecology at Northern Michigan University, with a minor in mathematics.