Nicole Nicassio-Hiskey received her BS from Oregon State University in 1993. After graduating, she started her career as a Marine Mammalogist at the Oregon Coast Aquarium where she worked until 1998. She then worked as a Mammalogist II at the Alaska SeaLife Center until 2001.
Today, she resides in Portland, Oregon where she works as the Senior Keeper of Marine Life at the Oregon Zoo. Nicole has worked with captive California and Steller sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, Keiko the killer whale, polar bears, sun bears, tigers, leopards, and North Pacific Fish and Invertebrates. She has been an active participant in training 1.1 polar bears to participate in research while at the Oregon Zoo. One research project consisted of training the female polar bear to wear an accelerometer collar to help establish baseline calibrations for wild bears. A second project consisted of training both polar bears to participate in voluntary blood draws during a 20 week diet study.
Nicole has also co-authored a book on pet enrichment titled, "Beyond Squeaky Toys- Innovative Ideas for Eliminating Problem Behaviors and Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats."