Nicolas is a lecturer at Humboldt State University, where he teaches courses in the Geospatial Analysis Curriculum for the Department of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Analysis. His courses include Geospatial Concepts, Geographic Information Science, and Intermediate Geographic Information Science. Nicolas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University San Bernardino; his Certificate of Study in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from Humboldt State University; and his Master of Science degree from Humboldt State University.
When not teaching, Nicolas also works as a consultant and subject matter expert on projects related to geospatial science and the development of geospatial educational materials. In 2015, Nicolas founded the Geospatial Institute, a company that is committed to promoting professional standards within the geospatial industry through the publication of educational resources. He regularly contributes open educational materials (OER) for publication on the Geospatial Institute website and YouTube Channel. His most recent publication, co-authored by Dr. Amy Rock, is the textbook Geospatial Concepts: The Fundamentals of Geospatial Science, First Edition.
Nicolas also contributes to the community through leadership, activism, and outreach. Nicolas is an active member of several geospatial organizations, including the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, the California Geographic Information Association, and the North American Cartographic Information Society. Nicolas serves on several committees at Humboldt State University, including the Geospatial Steering Committee, the Geospatial Content Committee, and the Geospatial IT Committee. Nicolas also serves on the Board of Directors for the Humboldt State University Institute for Spatial Analysis, Modeling, and Monitoring. In 2015, Nicolas was elected to serve on the Humboldt State University Senate and served until his term ended in 2019.