Nick grew up in Tigard, Oregon. He got his B.A. in chemistry from Carleton College in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Nick joined the Colby Chemistry Department in 2013 and teaches Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry.

In addition to chemistry, Nick enjoys cycling and exploring Maine. From 2005 to 2007 he served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.