Dr. Scott Collins Awarded a Regents' Professorship

Dr. Scott CollinsDr. Scott Collins, Professor of Biology and Director of the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, recently was awarded a Regents’ Professorship by the UNM College of Arts and Sciences. He also became the third recipient of the Loren D. Potter Chair in Plant Ecology in the Department of Biology. Both achievements highlight Dr. Collins' numerous contributions to the Biology Department, to the University, and to his discipline. Dr. Collins received his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Oklahoma and has been with the Biology Department since 2003.

Dr. Collins is an internationally recognized community ecologist. His research expertise is diverse, encompassing the factors that control the abundance of plant species in grassland, the role of external factors (climate, nutrition, disturbance by fire or grazing) on grassland vegetation, and the controls and consequences of biodiversity in grasslands and arid environments.

Along with his research activities and responsibilities at the Sevilleta, Dr. Collins is the elected Chair of the LTER Science Council and Executive Board, guiding and coordinating the efforts of a network of 26 large ecology research sites throughout the United States. He is also the President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). He became a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in early 2012.

Dr. Collins’ research and publications are supported by his extensive grantsmanship.  Currently, he has more than 135 peer-reviewed publications in addition to books, book chapters and other miscellaneous publications. Since 2003, he has acted as a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on numerous grants at UNM totaling more than $14,000,000 in funding.

Dr. Collins is deeply committed to graduate and undergraduate education. He teaches in the biology undergraduate core as well as graduate courses in ecology and plant ecology. He mentors Ph.D. students in plant ecology and actively supports other graduate students through the Sevilleta LTER.

August 2012