Tiffany Nichols focuses on the intersection of the history of physics and astrophysics, environmental history, science and technology studies, and legal history. Nichols holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and JD from the University of Virginia and an AM and PhD in History of Science from Harvard University. She also has extensive practice experience in intellectual property litigation and related areas of law. Nichols is currently a LSST-DA Catalyst Fellow and a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Departments of History and Astrophysical Sciences.
Nichols is writing a book based on her dissertation providing the history of how physicists understand noise and disturbances originating from the natural and built environment and its effects on highly precise and sensitive instruments, such as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).