Nina with male rhinoceros beetle (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae), Yanayacu Biological Station, Napo Province, Ecuador
Nina grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, USA. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Prior to attending graduate school she worked in science museums, including the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia and Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. She obtained a master of science and doctorate in systematic entomology from the Shaw Lab, and helped establish the Insect Gallery at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY, USA. For 28 years she has been a science educator, and has extensive neotropical field experience. She is a part-time Assistant Professor and the Assistant Curator of the Zoological Collections in the Department of Biology at Western University. In her spare time she works for the Smithsonian Institution as a Study Leader for Smithsonian Journeys, and enjoys conservation nature photography. She resides in London, ON with her husband Greg and their two growing boys.