Personal profile


Dr Nicola Rivers is a reproductive biologist and lecturer based at Monash University. Having completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and post-graduate study in reproductive biology, Nicola’s main interest lies in the application of assisted reproductive techniques in conservation and species management.

As an educator, Nicola's goal is to equip future reproductive scientists with an understanding of reproduction across diverse species and its role in addressing the contemporary challenges we face such as the extinction crisis and climate change.

Currently, Nicola is a Senior Teaching Fellow within the Education Program for Reproduction and Development at Monash where she oversees the development and delivery of the Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Sciences. Nicola has received awards in recognition of her commitment to creating engaging educational experiences for her students and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

In addition to her teaching role, Nicola is part of the management team for the Australian Frozen Zoo, a Monash-based biobanking initiative responsible for collecting and storing cells from some of Australia’s most unique wildlife. Through advocacy and media engagement, Nicola aims to inform the public and the government about the importance of reproduction in supporting healthy ecosystems and the need for greater investment in the reproductive sciences and conservation-based initiatives. 


Monash teaching commitment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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