Jennifer Cole, PhD

Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Dr. Jennifer Cole is concurrently on the faculty in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Boston College and serves as assistant professor in the liberal arts program of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Prior to that, Cole was a preceptor in Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and had been director of the environmental studies program at Northeastern University for fifteen years. 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 currently 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. She was senior hydrologist at Weston and Sampson Engineers, Inc., and is principal at her own private consulting firm, Rivers Consulting. She serves at the national level on Geological Society of America's Committee for Geology in Education. She has given many invited talks, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, the World Summit, the Geological Society of America, and The Weston Observatory. She represented Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the White House on two occasions.


  • PhD Syracuse University