Nicole Orminski

In my time in academia, I have been fortunate enough to work in several areas of research, from molecular plant biology to entomology. I have always harbored a deep interest in marine studies, however, and after spending a couple of years bouncing between Michigan, Canada, and Germany, I am very happy to find myself living on the beautiful coast of Maine, with the opportunity to study lobsters.

I currently work at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole as a research assistant. My research project is a collaboration with the Ready Seafood Co. of Portland. We are designing feeding experiments and biochemical treatments to induce shell hardening in harvested lobsters. This work will allow lobsters to be shipped further and command a higher price—a boon for the lobster industry of Maine.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in German, and an additional major in Chemistry from Michigan State University. I went on to a Master’s program in Intercultural German Studies at the University of Waterloo. In the fall of 2019, I will begin my Dual Master’s in Marine Biology and Marine Policy at the University of Maine.