Nicole Cubba

Research Associate II

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Nicole joined GMGI after completing her bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University and her master’s degree at James Cook University in Australia. Her previous research focused on applying marine genomic techniques to aquaculture, where she used environmental DNA to detect various pathogens in the aquaculture production of tropical rock lobsters. It was from this work that Nicole became intrigued by the genomics side of marine science.

Prior to joining GMGI, Nicole worked at a pathogen detection laboratory in Australia, where she worked with commercial aquaculture farms to detect and monitor pathogens in an aquaculture environment. Outside of research, Nicole enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Michigan State Spartans in football and basketball.


2021 – BSc Environmental Biology/Zoology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
2021 – BA Spanish, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
2023 – MMB Marine Biology, James Cook University, Townsville QLD, Australia, Advisor: Kelly Condon

Research Interests

My research interests lie with the application of environmental DNA (eDNA) and genetic and genomic tools to answer critical questions in fisheries, aquaculture, and marine ecosystems. My research utilizing both environmental DNA (eDNA) and genetics began during my master’s research where I employed the use of eDNA to identify and monitor potentially detrimental pathogens in the aquaculture production of Panulirus ornatus, the tropical rock lobster.

As a member of the fisheries team at GMGI, my research focuses on the application of eDNA and genetic tools to answer fisheries related questions. Some questions that drive my research are: How can we use eDNA to monitor commercially valuable species? Can eDNA be used as a tool in creating and improving management plans for fisheries? What can genetic tools tell us about the spatial and temporal distribution of species throughout the Northeast?

Research Projects