Jennifer Cole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Jennifer Cole serves as director of math and science at the New England Conservatory of Music and is concurrently on the faculty in earth and environmental sciences at Boston College. Prior to these appointments, Cole was on the faculty at Harvard University in earth and planetary sciences, and had been director of the Environmental Studies Program at Northeastern University. She has also taught at Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cole has published extensively in the fields of wetlands, agriculture, and energy education and has written books on natural disasters. She holds a PhD in earth sciences specializing in groundwater geochemistry from Syracuse University. She is working on research papers on the sustainability ramifications of meat consumption in China. She also has a career in the environmental consulting field, serving as expert witness in wetlands cases, and representing town conservation commissions on river and wetland protection act cases, and is principal at her own private consulting firm, Rivers Consulting.

She has given many invited talks, including to the US Environmental Protection Agency and The Weston Observatory. She represented Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the White House on two occasions.


  • PhD Syracuse University