Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Distinguished Professor of Botany, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Lorren Potter Chair of Plant Ecology, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Adjunct Faculty, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Dr. Collins' research focuses on the impact of natural disturbances and global environmental change on mesic and arid grassland ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in mesic grasslands in North America and South Africa, and how rainfall variability, temperature change, and shrub encroachment affect aridland ecosystems in the southwestern U.S. He is currently working on a) the effects of soil resource available on plant community diversity, b) the effects of increased rainfall variability on Chihuahuan Desert processes including plant community structure, net primary production and soil respiration, c) the effects of nighttime warming, winter rainfall and N deposition on species interactions in Chihuahuan Desert grassland, d) long-term vegetation dynamics in desert grassland, e) environmental genomics of fungi in desert grassland, and f) the interactive effects of fire and grazing on mesic grassland vegetation in Kansas and South Africa.
PhD, Botany, University of Oklahoma, 1981
MS, Botany, Miami University, 1977
BA, Biology, Wittenberg University, 1975
Ripplinger, J., S. L. Collins, A. M. York and J. Franklin. 2017. Boom-bust economics and vegetation dynamics in a desert city: How strong is the link?. Ecosphere 8(5):e01826. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1826. (link )
Ripplinger, J., J. Franklin and S. L. Collins. 2016. When the economic engine stalls – a multi-scale comparison of vegetation dynamics in pre- and post-recession Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning 153(Sep):140-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.009. (link )
Simkin, S. M., E. B. Allen, W. D. Bowman, C. M. Clark, J. Belnap, M. L. Brooks, B. S. Cade, S. L. Collins, L. H. Geiser, F. S. Gilliam, S. E. Jovan, L. H. Pardo, B. K. Schulz, C. J. Stevens, K. N. Suding, H. L. Throop and D. M. Waller. 2016. Conditional vulnerability of plant diversity to atmospheric nitrogen deposition across the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113(15):4086-4091. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515241113. (link )
Davis, M. K., E. M. Cook, S. L. Collins and S. J. Hall. 2015. Top-down vs. bottom-up regulation of herbaceous primary production and composition in an arid, urbanizing ecosystem. Journal of Arid Environments 116:103-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.01.018. (link )
Collins, S. L., J. Belnap, N. B. Grimm, J. A. Rudgers, C. N. Dahm, P. D'Odorico, M. E. Litvak, D. O. Natvig, D. C. Peters, W. T. Pockman, R. L. Sinsabaugh and B. O. Wolf. 2014. A multiscale, hierarchical model of pulse dynamics in arid-land ecosystems. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 45:397-419. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-120213-091650. (link )
Collins, S. L. and D. L. Childers. 2014. Long-term ecological research and network-level science. EOS Transactions 95(33):293-304. DOI: 10.1002/2014EO330001. (link )
Sponseller, R. A., S. J. Hall, D. P. Huber, N. B. Grimm, J. P. Kaye, C. M. Clark and S. L. Collins. 2012. Variation in monsoon precipitation drives spatial and temporal patterns of Larrea tridentata growth in the Sonoran Desert. Functional Ecology 26(3):750-758. DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2012.01979.x. (link )
Collins, S. L., S. R. Carpenter, S. M. Swinton, D. E. Orenstein, D. L. Childers, T. L. Gragson, N. B. Grimm, J. M. Grove, S. L. Harlan, J. P. Kaye, A. K. Knapp, G. P. Kofinas, J. J. Magnuson, W. H. McDowell, J. M. Melack, L. A. Ogden, G. P. Robertson, M. D. Smith and A. C. Whitmer. 2011. An integrated conceptual framework for social-ecological research. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(6):351-357. (link )
Hall, S. J., R. A. Sponseller, N. B. Grimm, D. P. Huber, J. P. Kaye, C. F. Clark and S. L. Collins. 2011. Ecosystem response to nutrient enrichment across an urban airshed in the Sonoran Desert. Ecological Applications 21(3):640-660. (link )
Peters, D. P., P. M. Groffman, K. J. Nadelhoffer, N. B. Grimm, S. L. Collins, W. K. Michener and M. A. Huston. 2008. Living in an increasingly connected world: A framework for continental-scale environmental science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(5):229-237. (link )
Cook, W. M., D. G. Casagrande, D. Hope, P. M. Groffman and S. L. Collins. 2004. Learning to roll with the punches: Adaptive experimentation in human-dominated systems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2(9):467-474. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2004)002[0467:LTRWTP]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Knapp, A. K., J. M. Briggs, D. C. Harnett and S. L. Collins. 1998. Grassland dynamics: Long-term ecological research in Tallgrass Prairies. Oxford University Press. Oxford and New York.
Wheeler, M. M., S. L. Collins, S. J. Hall, N. B. Grimm, C. M. Clark and R. A. Sponseller. 2017. Nutrient enrichment alters annual plant community composition in the northern Sonoran Desert. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting Portland ESA 2017, August 6-11, 2017, Portland, OR. (link )
Jones, S. K., J. Ripplinger, E. R. Sokol, C. Boettiger, E. Christensen, E. E. Cleland, M. Jones, C. Gries and S. L. Collins. 2014. Cross-taxa comparative analysis of long-term community data. Poster presented at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link )
Schmoker, M. K., E. M. Cook, S. Amaru, J. K. Learned, S. L. Collins and S. J. Hall. 2012. Bottom-up vs. top-down regulation of desert annual plants in an urban arid ecosystem. Poster presented at 13 January 2012 CAP LTER 14th Annual Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Schmoker, M. E., E. M. Cook, S. L. Collins and S. J. Hall. 2011. Impacts of urban soil nitrogen availability and herbivory on primary production of herbaceous annual plants in an arid ecosystem. Poster presented at the 7-12 August 2011 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.
Hall, S. J., N. B. Grimm, S. L. Collins, K. Gade, D. Hope, D. Jenerette, A. P. Kinzig, J. D. Schade, R. A. Sponseller, J. R. Welter, W. Wu, T. Johns, M. A. Luck, R. E. Erickson and C. Kochert. 2002. NOx emissions and uptake by urban soils. Poster presented at January 17, 2002, CAP LTER Fourth Annual Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )
Jones, S. K., J. Ripplinger, E. R. Sokol, C. Boettiger, E. Christensen, E. E. Cleland, M. Jones, C. Gries and S. L. Collins. 2014. Cross-taxa comparative analysis of long-term community data. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-14 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link )
Ripplinger, J., J. Franklin and S. L. Collins. 2014. When the economic engine stalls: An examination of plant communities in post-recession urban landscapes. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link )
Collins, S. L., G. P. Robertson, D. R. Foster and D. L. Childers. 2011. Emergence and future role of long-term socio-ecological research for earth stewardship. Presentation at the SYMP 8 - Thirty Years of Earth Stewardship Research: Long-Term Matters at the 7-12 August 2011 96th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin, TX.
Grimm, N. B., J. Cavender-Bares, T. Gragson, S. L. Collins, M. Grove, C. L. Redman and C. G. Boone. 2009. Integrating science, society, and education for sustainability. Estes Park, CO. Working group at 14-16 September 2009 LTER All Scientist Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.
Hall, S. J., R. A. Sponseller, N. B. Grimm, D. P. Huber, C. F. Clark, S. L. Collins, J. P. Kaye and J. O. Allen. 2009. Ecosystem response to the urban atmosphere in the Sonoran Desert. Presentation at the August 2-7, 2009 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.
Yao, J., O. E. Sala and D. P. Peters. 2013. Cross-site studies "by design": Experiments and observations that provide new insights. Pp. 72-80 In: Peters, D. P., C. M. Laney, A. E. Lugo, S. L. Collins, C. T. Driscoll, P. M. Groffman, J. M. Grove, A. K. Knapp, T. K. Kratz, M. D. Ohman, R. B. Waide and J. Yao eds., Long-Term Trends in Ecological Systems: A Basis for Understanding Responses to Global Change. U.S. Department of Agriculture. Technical Bulletin 1931. Washington, D.C. (link )