Jeffrey C Cole



My research focuses on the spatial distribution of and the habitat needs of aquatic organisms with emphasis on freshwater mussels and their host fish.  My current work centers on developing and applying 2D hydrodynamic flow models and temperature models to better understand what drives where these small and often difficult to find freshwater mussels are located.  We have applied these models and approaches particularly in the Delaware River but aim to expand to rivers throughout the United States.  We collaborate with other researchers within our Leetown Science Center branches, other USGS science centers, as well as researchers and managers in academia along with state and federal agencies.


  • M.S., 2007, University of Frostburg

  • B.S., 1999, Westminster College

Current Position

My current position is an Ecologist at the Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory.