An associate professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell, Cole Gilbert has been recognized for his teaching with awards from Cornell, the SUNY Chancellor, and the Entomology Society of America. He has regularly taught courses in introductory biology, entomology, and insect physiology and will teach biodiversity next year.
Cole earned a B.S. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Kansas. It was there that he met his wife and co-leader of CAU trips, Linda Rayor, when they did research together on the behavior of spiders. They are currently co-authoring a book on the topic.
Cole has shared his passion for nature by teaching in a variety of venues, from second-grade classrooms to the Marine Biological Laboratory on Cape Cod. One of his favorite current research projects is studying a predatory beetle that runs so fast after its prey that it goes blind and has to stop! The beetle does eventually catch its prey, but understanding how and why the beetle behaves this way is a challenging natural history puzzle.