Eric S. Cole

Professor of Biology
Room 222, Science Center (507-786-3395)

  On the teaching front, I enjoy being one of a team of four faculty who introduce students to Biology in our Bio125 course. During January term, I alternate teaching Investigative Microscopy on campus, and leading off campus studies with St. Olaf's SCUBA instructor, John Campion, on a variety of islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific. In the spring, I teach Developmental Biology as a research- intensive upper level investigative course. I also teach a non-majors course entitled Life: Meaning & Mystery; Science, Spirit & Stewardship. In the research laboratory my colleagues Erica Zweifel, Kate Stuart and I lead a team of undergraduate researchers as we explore the intricacies of Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics within a single celled organism: Tetrahymena thermophila. During the summer months, I also help deliver workshops with Dr. Leland Johnson on Developmental Biology at the Darling Marine Center, Damariscotta, Maine. Outside of class I practice Tai Chi, enjoy exploring Natural History, and celebrate the creation of Home and Family.