Nigel Cassius Noriega was born 1973 in New York, USA. He is the son of Hammond Noriega and Marilyn and he has one sibling, Nydia.
Between 1975 and 1979 and again between 1982 and 1988, he lived in Arima.
Nigel attended La Puerta Government Primary School and his secondary education was gained at St Mary’s College.
He subsequently gained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Zoology with honours at the University of Florida and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Integrative Biology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Between 1998 and 1999 Nigel was a Study Director for the Contract between Novartis Corporation and the Laboratory for Integrative Studies in Amphibian Biology at the University of California at Berkeley.
During the years 2002 and 2005, he was a Biologist for the Endocrine Branch of the National Health & Environmental Effects Research Laboratory of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the Laboratory of Dr. L. E. Gray.
Between 2005 and 2009 Nigel served as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Division of Neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in the Laboratory of Dr. Henryk Urbanski at the Oregon Health & Science University.
His next appointment was between 2009 and 2012 as a Project Scientist at the Centre for Neuroscience and the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behaviour at the University of California’s Laboratory of Dr. Mitchell Sutter in Davis.
In 2012 Nigel was the Founder and served as a Director of Sustainable Innovation Initiatives Inc. A 501(c) (3), a non-profit organisation.
In 2016, he became the Chief Financial Officer for the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Society for Conservation Biology.
At present, Nigel is the Co-Principal Investigator for “Monitoring Ocelots in Trinidad.” And Nigel still serves as the Director of Sustainable Innovation Initiatives Inc.
Among his significant work-related Achievements are:
-First characterisations of the effects of the herbicide Atrazine on amphibian development.
-First characterisations of reproductive effects of in utero exposure to imidazole fungicides.
Over his professional career, Nigel has received a number of honours which include:
-2010 2009 Toxicological Sciences Best Paper Award from the Society of Toxicology Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section.
-2004 Best Poster Presentation. Gordon Research Conference on Environmental
-2004 EPA Special Accomplishment Recognition Award.
-2003 NHEERL Achievement Award.
-1994 University of Florida Undergraduate Research Achievement Award.
-1994 Marlin Perkins Scholarship.
-1993 Golden Key National Honour Society.
-1992 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
-1990 National Achievement Scholarship.
In addition, Nigel has many published works, has taken part in many Forums, given numerous Talks, and has been in the Media.
He also teaches, trains and gives back to society by doing Mentorship and Community Outreach.
He enjoys martial arts and being physically fit.
Nigel is married to Angeline. They have two children, Adyeeri and Pria.
For more information about the work of Dr. Nigel Noriega, please visit his website:
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