Emily J. Cole, PhDNew England Climate and Agriculture Program Manager
Emily leads AFT’s Climate and Agriculture Program in New England. She works both to improve and advocate for the integration of climate-smart management practices into New England’s productive farming communities through education, outreach, and policy.
Before joining AFT, Emily was an assistant professor of environmental science at Westfield State University. Before that she was a high school teacher and farming during the summers prompted her to pursue her doctorate degree in agriculture. Emily has won a number of awards in her field including the Gerald O. Mott Meritorious Graduate Student Award in Crop Science, Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant, and Lotta M. Crabtree Fellowship in Production Agriculture. She earned her Doctorate in plant and soil sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where her research focused on improving soil health and carbon sequestration though the application of biochar and implementation of climate-smart management practices. She also holds a Master of Science Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Kenyon College.