Nick spent his first Robertson Summer living in rural Kentucky and working as a community organizer on issues related to coal mining. The experience kindled a strong interest in the environment that he brought back to UNC and Duke. He majored in Public Policy with a concentration in environmental policy, wrote an honors thesis on the nexus of deforestation, climate change, and Brazilian indigenous tribes, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May 2009.
Nick's second Robertson Summer was spent at a small school in the highlands of Argentina, where he and John Wulsin (UNC '09) worked with a team of engineers to install solar power. The project was funded by grants he applied for in advance. Nick's final Robertson Summer was divided between New York, where he interned at a start-up investment firm in the carbon market, and Brazil, where he began researching his thesis by interviewing policy experts and members of an indigenous tribe that is reforesting degraded rainforest.
In North Carolina, Nick and Susie Baker (UNC '09) co-founded Rival Magazine, a magazine by and about Duke and UNC students, and with Matt Hameroff (Duke '09) Nick co-founded and led Crayons2Calculators (www.crayons2calculators.com), a non-profit that provides free school supplies to teachers in Durham. During senior year, Nick was awarded the Walter Spearman Award for the most outstanding man in the senior class and won a Luce Scholarship for a year in Asia. He currently lives in Hong Kong and works at a start-up company helping local firms reduce their carbon emissions.