Nicole Millette, Assistant Professor of Marine Science, received her Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland. She most recently was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Professor Millette studies the ecology of phytoplankton across a range of marine environments. Her primary research interest lies in understanding the phytoplankton interactions within a system and how these interactions change in connection to changes in the environment. Her overall goal is to understand phytoplankton’s role in ecosystems and how changes to phytoplankton cascade to the rest of a system. Her laboratory also focuses on the study of mixotrophy. Research on mixotrophy is an integral part of a changing paradigm in phytoplankton ecology, as it is becoming widely acknowledged that most plankton are likely mixotrophic.