- Ph.D. 1988 - Zoology, Southern Illinois University
- M.S. 1983 - Wildlife Ecology, West Virginia University
- B.S. 1981 - Wildlife Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- LARCH 145: Plants & Ecology
- LARCH 246: Landscape Architecture Field Trip
- LARCH 424: Restoration Ecology
- LARCH 497: Ecological Design
- LARCH 497a: Musser Gap to Valleylands
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 especially as they pertain to design and impacts to the land. Cole has a deep interest in restoration ecology and the design priciples needed to bring damaged landscapes back to life.
Cole is active in the Ecology Graduate Degree Program at Penn State. He serves on a variety of committees across Penn State including several within the Graduate School, as well as the Arboretum Advisory Committee.