Cole obtained his BSc in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in 2010. He joined the working class as production supervisor and manager for manufacturing concerns of plastic injection moulding and eventually herbal medicines. He decided to follow a persistent passion of freshwater ecology and pursue a MSc degree at Department of Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University. His thesis focuses on describing periphyton biomass and species composition in winter and summer rainfall areas of South Africa. The project also invites the opportunity to validate the accuracy of the in situ benthotorch tool in S.A. when computing information on algal class and biomass. The overall project results may offer freshwater ecologists and water monitoring institutions new insights into predicting changes prior to catastrophic events via the proactive remediation of optimal setting of ecological flows and nutrient inputs that best maintain biotic integrity. Recently, he enrolled in the DST-NRF internship program to work as an intern with the Freshwater Consulting Group (FCG) and FRC.