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Cole Thompson, Ph.D.

Moeller Picture Assistant Director
Green Section Research


Dr. Cole Thompson assists with the administration of the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research program, working closely with Dr. Mike Kenna. Cole coordinates with USGA-funded scientists and identifies research areas that have potential to improve playing conditions and golf course management sustainability. 

Cole earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University. He was a USGA Green Section intern as an undergraduate and worked as an assistant golf course superintendent before entering graduate school. Prior to joining the USGA, Cole conducted turfgrass research, extension, and teaching activities as an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.