Prof. Nicole Thometz

Nicole Thometz

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 219H


Dr. Nicole Thometz is a broadly trained physiological ecologist who specializes in marine mammal physiology, ecology, and behavior. She has spent her career studying the ontogeny of energy demands, development of diving capacities, reproductive energetics, and foraging behavior of southern sea otters.

In addition, Dr. Thometz has studied the physiology and behavior of Weddell seals in the Antarctic, the metabolic demands and diving capacities of Hawaiian monk seals, and the physiology of sound producing muscles in a variety of odontocete species. Currently, a main focus of her lab's research is examining the physiological requirements and diving capacities of ice-dependent Arctic seals. This research program aims to better understand the sensitivity and/or resilience of ringed, bearded, and spotted seals to ongoing sea ice loss and environmental change in the Arctic.


  • PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz, 2014
  • BS, Biology, University of Portland, 2008

Selected Publications