Cole Howard is pursuing his master's degree at Tennessee Tech University while working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to construct waterfowl monitoring protocols on national wildlife refuges and assess wood duck banding goals in the eastern U.S. He earned a graduate certificate in waterfowl management from the Five Oaks Ag Research & Education Center and the University of Arkansas at Monticello. This program taught hands on waterfowl and wetland management. Cole earned a Bachelor of Science In Fisheries, Conservation and Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University.