Cole Barron is from Glendora, California, where he developed found passions for distance running and environmental conservation. He attended Chaffey College for two years, where he ran cross country and track. Before he transferred to the University of California, Santa Cruz, he was a summer research intern with the U.S. Forest Service. His internship allowed him to travel across California, identifying and helping preserve conifers that were under threat of climate change. At Santa Cruz, Cole was an editor for the Global Environmental Justice Journal, a native plant worker at the school’s arboretum, and continued to run cross country and track in the NCAA. As he was attaining his B.A. in Environmental Studies/Economics with cum laude honors, he made the decision to pursue his J.D. at the University of Oregon for environmental law. In his free time, Cole enjoys going on trail runs in the mountains and binge-watching Parks and Recreation. Cole is passionate about environmental conservation and is looking forward to the new challenges and experiences at Oregon Law.