Nicoleta moved from Romania to Seattle in 2001. She holds an undergraduate degree in Hydropower and Environmental Engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest and a M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. After working for the Washington State Department of Ecology on stream temperature studies, Nicoleta came back to the University of Washington to research methods of testing distributed hydrologic models at the catchment scale. Within the Mountain Hydrology Research Group she investigates, using a distributed hydrologic model, how changes in the future climate are likely to affect streamflows and melting dynamics in the Tuolumne River Watershed in Yosemite National Park, California. When not glued to the computer screen she enjoys traveling, skiing, keeping up with her Italian and sampling chocolates.