- Ph.D. 1988 - Zoology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- M.S. 1983 Wildlife Ecology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
- B.S. 1981 - Wildlife Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
- LArch 241 - Ecological Principles for Landscape Design
- LArch 424 - Ecology and Field Identification of Central Appalachian Flora
- LArch 424 - Restoration Ecology
- LArch 497 - Ecological Design
Cole's interests lie in ecological design and discovering what principles might be learned from natural sites that may be translated into design ideas and approaches. Specifically,he is a wetland ecologist looking at all aspects of created wetlands, from soils and plants to hydrology. He is also interested in all aspects of natural resources assessment espescially as they pertain to design and impacts to the land. Cole has a deep interest in restoration ecology, ranging from wetlands in PA to arctic tundra in Alaska.
Cole is active in the Ecology Graduate Degree Program at Penn State. He also is the Editor of Wetland Science and Practice, the newsletter for the Society of Wetland Scientists. He serves on a variety of committees across PSU including several within the Graduate School, as well as on the Arboretum Advisory Committee.