Nicola was born in Johannesburg and studied at Wits University from 2008-2014. She has completed her undergraduate BSc in physics and maths and BSc(hons) in physics. Nicola completed her MSc was in astrophysics and cosmology in 2014. Her MSc dissertation was on deep radio observations of Dark Matter.
In July 2014 Nicola joined SANSA in Hermanus to work on her PhD in space science. She is currently working on TEC observations over Africa with a focus on pre-storm and quiet time enhancement phenomena.