Nicole C. Hoekstra, M.S.

Nicole C. Hoekstra, M.S.
Degree Information: 
Master of Science - Winthrop University, SC 2013
Additional Information: 

Nicole studied biology as an undergraduate and specialized in molecular ecology for her graduate research. After earning her Master's degree, she joined the OSU team working in urban ecology researching the impact of the vegetative landscape on dietary breadth and niche partitioning in Linyphiidae (dwarf and sheetweb spiders) in urban vacant lots. While working on this project, Nicole became interested in soils and developed a study investigating the influence of ecological and dispersal filters on soil fauna abundance in urban vacant lots. Nicole joined Steve Culman's Soil Fertility Lab in January of 2017. Her role in the lab is as the Field Operations and Research Manager. In addition to her field responsbilities, she is also involved in data analysis and writing of research results, presentation of results, preparation of manuscripts and grant submissions, development of outreach and extension materials, and she developed and maintains the lab website. She is currently leading a collaboration studying potassium fertilization in processing tomatoes and is beginning work on a soil fertility and nutrient management project in Midwest hop production that was recently funded by NCR-SARE. In her freetime, Nicole volunteers in the local community as a hockey coach in Wooster. She enjoys being outdoors and loves birding, hiking, and camping. To relax, Nicole enjoys a good IPA and hanging out with her amazing dog, Cody.