Nina and her son in the cloud forest, Yanayacu Biological Station, Ecuador, 2014.
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 University of Wyoming in Laramie. For 25 years she has been a science educator, and has extensive neotropical field experience. She is a part-time Assistant Professor of Biology at Western University, and resides in London, ON with her husband Greg and their two growing boys.