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Nikki Buskey is Communications Manager for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. Buskey joined the institute in January 2015 to launch HRI's first communication program and direct the institute's external communications strategy. As the voice of HRI, she writes institute news, manages media requests, coaches researchers in science communication and outreach strategy and assisted in the launch of HRI's new website. She loves to find the stories behind the science at HRI, and to help the public better understand important coastal science issues.
Previously, Buskey served as a marketing and communications specialist for Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, a 6,000-student public university in Louisiana's Cajun country, helping to oversee their media relations, written communications, marketing, news and website.
Buskey’s first career was in journalism, working for seven years as an AP award-winning environmental reporter at the Houma Courier and the Thibodaux Daily Comet newspapers. She discovered her passion for telling impactful science stories while spending many of her days in the field traveling south Louisiana's rural bayous to cover the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Louisiana’s coastal land loss issues, major hurricanes and river flooding. As a resident of one of the fastest disappearing land-masses in the world, she also covered major coastal restoration efforts, hurricane protection issues, impacts to coastal wildlife and the fishing industry, with a special focus on how these issues affected life in Louisiana's unique Cajun and Native American communities.
A Port Aransas native, she holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as an editor and reporter for one of the country's largest independent student newspapers, The Daily Texan.