Dr. Callie Cole

Dr. Callie Cole
Associate Professor of Chemistry


  • Analytical Chemistry (Mass Spectrometry, Atomic Emission Spectroscopy, and Chromatography)
  • Astrochemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Science Communication & Community Engagement


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2015
  • B.S., University of Montana, 2010


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About Dr. Callie Cole

Dr. Cole joined the college in 2015 and teaches first year launch, general chemistry, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, and senior research. In spring 2015, Cole received her Ph.D. in Analytical Astrochemistry as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was recently honored to receive the 2019 American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research Award from Agilent Technologies as well as the 2019 Undergraduate Analytical Research Program (UARP) Award from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburg (SACP) to support her and her student’s research at Fort Lewis College. Cole's research includes the analysis of volatile compounds responsible for the aroma and taste of locally-produced ciders, the quantification of metals in environmental samples (soil and plant), as well as the reactivity and fragmentation of astrophysically-relevant ions.

Dr. Cole's work has recently been published in The Astrophysical Journal, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry, to name a few. Her recent conference presentations include the American Society for Mass Spectrometry National Meeting, Atlanta, GA (2019), the American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (2018), the Geological Society of America National Meeting, Denver, CO (2016), and the Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice, and Gas Faraday Discussion, Leiden, The Netherlands (2014).

Passionate about science education and outreach, Dr. Cole frequently shares results of this research with her colleagues at Fort Lewis College and members of the community. She also advises the Homeschool Chemistry Program at the Powerhouse Science Center to provide hands-on science learning experiences to children of the Durango community.

Selected Publications

Cole, C. A.; Wang, Z.-C.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Gas-Phase Chemistry of the Cyanate Ion, OCN-. The Astrophysical Journal. 2015, 812, 1.

Wang, Z.-C.; Cole, C. A.; Demarais, N. J.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Reactions of Azine Anions with Nitrogen and Oxygen Atoms: Implications for Titan’s Upper Atmosphere and Interstellar Chemistry. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2015, 137, 10700-10709.

Cole, C. A.; Wang, Z.-C.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Deprotonated Purine Dissociation: Experiments, Computations, and Astrobiological Implications. Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2015, 119, 334-343.

Wang, Z.-C.; Cole, C. A.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Experimental and Computational Studies of the Formation Mechanism of Protonated Interstellar Diazines. The Astrophysical Journal. 2015, 798, 102-110.

Cole, C. A.; Wang, Z.-C.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Anionic Derivatives of Uracil: Fragmentation and Reactivity. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 2014, 16, 17835-17844.

Cole, C. A.; Demarais, N. J.; Yang, Z.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Heterocyclic Anions of Astrobiological Interest. The Astrophysical Journal.2013, 779, 181-190.

Lin, Z.; Talbi, D.; Roueff, E.; Herbst, E.; Wehres, N.; Cole, C. A.; Yang, Z.; Snow, T. P.; and Bierbaum, V. M. Can Interstellar Propene (CH3CHCH2) Be Formed Via Gas-Phase Reactions? The Astrophysical Journal. 2013, 764, 80-85.

Cole, C. A.; Wehres, N.; Yang, Z.; Thomsen, D. L.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. A Gas-Phase Formation Route to Interstellar Trans Methyl Formate. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 2012, 754, L5-L9.

Yang, Z.; Cole, C. A.; Martinez, O.; Carpenter, M. Y.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Reactions between H atoms and Nitrogen-containing Carbanions. The Astrophysical Journal. 2011, 739, 19-29.

Mummey, D. L.; Clarke, J. T.; Cole, C. A.; O’Connor, B. G.; Gannon, J. E.; Ramsey, P. W. Spatial Analysis Reveals Differences in Soil Microbial Community Interactions between Adjacent Coniferous Forest and Clearcut Ecosystems. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 2010, 42, 1138-1147.

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