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, senior seminar, and mentoring an undergraduate research group. 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 and beers, quantifying metals in environmental samples (water, soil, sediment, and plant), and the reactivity and fragmentation of astrophysically-relevant ions.

Dr. Cole's work has recently been published in Applied Sciences, the Journal of the American Society for Brewing Chemists, Beverages, 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 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Chicago, IL (2020), 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 the results of this research with her colleagues at Fort Lewis College and community members. She also advises programs and serves on the Board of Directors of the Powerhouse Science Center to provide hands-on science learning experiences to children of the

Selected Publications

underline indicates undergraduate student coauthor

Bingman, M. T.; Hinkley; J. L.; Bradley, C. B. II; Cole, C. A. Volatile Organic Compound Characterization by HS-SPME-GC-MS Throughout the Fermentation of Dry Hopped Ciders. Applied Sciences. 2022, 12(1), 310. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12010310

Hinkley, J. L.; Bingman, M. T.; Lee, J. S.; Bradley, C. B. II; Cole, C. A. Volatile Profiles of Five Apple Varieties Grown in Southwest Colorado from Juice to Finished, Dry Hopped Cider. Journal of the American Society for Brewing Chemists. 2022, https://doi.org/10.1080/03610470.2021.2013645

Bingman, M. T.; Stellick; C. E.; Pelkey, J.; Scott, J. M.; Cole, C. A. Monitoring the Development of Cider Aroma throughout the Fermentation Process by Head Space Solid Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) Analysis. Beverages. 2020, 6(2), 40. 

Stellick, C. E.; Maddox, M.; Quezada, S.; Schwarz, R. S.; Cole, C. A. Determination of Allelopathic Chemicals in Leucanthemum vulgare. Metamorphosis. 2020. Available at: <https://metamorphosis.coplac.org/index.php/metamorphosis/article/view/274>

Seaney, K. D.; Grubb, M. P.; Cole, C. A. Quantifying Collision Energies in an Ion Trap Apparatus through Simulation and Experimentation. Metamorphosis. 2018. Available at:                <https://metamorphosis.coplac.org/index.php/metamorphosis/article/view/217>

Marzonie, M. R.; Dott, C. E.; Cole, C. A.; Ecological and Chemical Analysis of Heavy Metal Transduction in Salix exigua on the Animas and Florida Rivers. Metamorphosis. 2017. Available at: <http://metamorphosis.coplac.org/index.php/metamorphosis/article/view/44>

Cole, C. A.; Wang, Z.-C.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Gas-Phase Chemistry of the Cyanate Ion, OCN-. The Astrophysical Journal2015, 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 Society2015, 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 A2015119, 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 Journal2015798, 102-110.

Cole, C. A.; Wang, Z.-C.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Anionic Derivatives of Uracil: Fragmentation and Reactivity. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics201416, 17835-17844.

Cole, C. A.; Demarais, N. J.; Yang, Z.; Snow, T. P.; Bierbaum, V. M. Heterocyclic Anions of Astrobiological Interest. The Astrophysical Journal.2013779, 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. 2013764, 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 Letters2012754, 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 Biochemistry201042, 1138-1147.

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