- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
James Collins received his B.S. from Manhattan College in 1969 and his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in 1975. He then moved to Arizona State University where he is currently Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment in the School of Life Sciences. From 1989 to 2002 he was Chairman of the Zoology, then Biology Department. At the National Science Foundation (NSF) Collins was Director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology program from 1985 to 1986. He joined NSF's senior management in 2005 serving as Assistant Director for Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2009. NSF is the U.S. government's only agency dedicated to supporting basic research and education in all fields of science and engineering at all levels. Within the Biological Sciences Directorate Collins oversaw a research and education portfolio that spanned molecular and cellular biosciences to global change as well as biological infrastructure. He coordinated collaborations between NSF and other federal agencies through the President's National Science and Technology Council where he chaired the Biotechnology Subcommittee and co-chaired the Interagency Working Group on Plant Genomics. He was also NSF's liaison to NIH and served as coordinator across NSF of all environmental research and education.
Collins' research has centered on the causes of intraspecific variation. Amphibians are model organisms for field and laboratory studies of the ecological and evolutionary forces shaping this variation and its affect on population dynamics. A recent research focus is host-pathogen biology as a driver of population dynamics and even species extinctions. The role of pathogens in the global decline of amphibians is the model system for this research.
The intellectual and institutional factors that have shaped ecology's development as a science are also a focus of his research, as is the emerging research area of ecological ethics. Federal, state, and private institutions have supported his research.
Collins teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ecology, evolutionary biology, statistics, introductory biology, evolutionary ecology, and professional values in science. He has directed more than 30 graduate students to completion of doctoral or Masters degrees. Collins was founding director of ASU’s Undergraduate Biology Enrichment Program, and served as co-director of ASU's Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and Minority Access to Research Careers programs.
Honors include the Pettingill Lecture in Natural History at The University of Michigan Biological Station; the Thomas Hall Lecture at Washington University, St. Louis; Distinguished Lecturer in Life Science, Penn State University; President's Science Symposium Address, Bowdoin College; Phi Beta Kappa Lifto Amundson Lecture at The University of South Dakota; and serving as Kaeser Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awarded him its Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, and Past President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). Professor Collins is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the National Ecological Observatory Network, and is on the Board of Delegates for Oxford University Press.
Collins has served on the editorial board of Ecology and Ecological Monographs as well as Evolution. He is the author of numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters, co-editor of three special journal issues, and co-author with Martha Crump of Extinction in Our Times. Global Amphibian Decline (Oxford University Press, 2009).
- PhD, University of Michigan, 1975
- BS, Manhattan College, 1969
- ecological ethics
- evolutionary biology
- host-pathogen biology
- life history evolution
- morphological variation
- population biology
- predator-prey interactions
- environmental policy
- species adaptation
- urban ecology
Wu, T., C. Perrings, C. Shang, J. P. Collins, P. Daszak, A. Kinzig and B. A. Minteer. 2020. Protection of wetlands as a strategy for reducing the spread of avian influenza from migratory waterfowl. Ambio 49:939-949. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01238-2. (link )
Wu, T., C. Perrings, A. Kinzig, J. P. Collins, B. A. Minteer and P. Daszak. 2017. Economic growth, urbanization, globalization, and the risks of emerging infectious diseases in China: A review. Ambio 46(1):18-29. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-016-0809-2. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2013. Ecological ethics in captivity: Balancing values and responsibilities in zoo and aquarium research under rapid global change. ILAR Journal 54(1):41-51. DOI: 10.1093/ilar/ilt009. (link )
Winston, J. M., B. A. Minteer and J. P. Collins. 2013. Old wine, new bottles? Using history to inform the assisted colonization debate. Oryx FirstView:1-9. DOI: 10.1017/S0030605312001500. (link )
Gascon, C., J. P. Collins, D. R. Church, R. D. Moore, F. Andreone, P. Bishop, S. Das Biju, F. Bolanos, X. Feng, S. Haitao, M. Lampo, Z. Li, S. Lotters, Y. Matamoros, M. Meegaskumbura, S. Molur, P. Nanjappa Mitchell, J. Mora, J. Garcia-Moreno, L. Pipeng, J. Reardon, A. Rial, C. Molina Rodriguez, S. R. Ron, J. J. Rowley, J. C. Senaris, D. L. Silvano, P. H. Valdujo and V. K. Verdade. 2012. Scaling a global plan into regional strategies for amphibian conservation. Alytes 29:14-26.
Hyman, O. J. and J. P. Collins. 2012. Evaulation of a filtration-based method for detecting Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in natural bodies of water. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 97(3):185-195. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2012. Species conservation, rapid environmental change, and ecological ethics. Nature Education Knowledge 3(6):14. (link )
Krakauer, D. C., J. P. Collins, D. Erwin, J. C. Flack, W. Fontana, M. D. Laubichler, S. J. Prohaska, G. B. West and P. F. Stadler. 2011. The challenges and scope of theoretical biology. Journal of Theoretical Biology 276(1):269-276. (link )
Collins, J. P. 2010. Amphibian decline and extinction: What we know and what we need to learn. Dieases of Aquatic Organisms 92(2-3):93-99. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2010. Move it or lose it? The ecological ethics of relocating species under climate change. Ecological Applications 20(7):1801-1804. (link )
Picco, A. M., A. P. Karam and J. P. Collins. 2010. Pathogen host switching in commercial trade with management recommendations. EcoHealth 7(2):252-256. (link )
Schock, D. M., G. R. Ruthig, J. P. Collins, S. J. Kutz, S. Carriere, R. J. Gau, A. M. Veitch, N. C. Larter, D. P. Tate, G. Guthrie, D. G. Allaire and R. A. Popko. 2010. Amphibian chytrid fungus and ranaviruses in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 92(2-3):231-240. (link )
Brunner, J. L. and J. P. Collins. 2009. Testing assumptions of the trade-off theory of the evolution of parasite virulence. Evolutionary Ecology Research 11:1169-1188. (link )
Greer, A. L., J. L. Brunner and J. P. Collins. 2009. Spatial and temporal patterns of Ambystoma tigrinum virus (ATV) prevalence in tiger salamanders Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Dieases of Aquatic Organisms 85(1):1-6. DOI: 10.3354/dao02061. (link )
Greer, A. L., D. M. Schock, J. L. Brunner, T. A. Johnson, A. M. Picco, S. D. Cashins, R. A. Alford, L. F. Skerratt and J. P. Collins. 2009. Guidelines for the safe use of disposable gloves with amphibian larvae in the light of pathogens and possible toxic effects. Herpetological Review 40:145-147.
Schock, D. M., T. K. Bollinger and J. P. Collins. 2009. Mortality rates differe among amphibian populations exposed to three strains of a lethal ranavirus. EcoHealth 6(3):438-448. (link )
Bolker, B. M., F. de Castro, A. Storfer, S. Mech, E. Harvey and J. P. Collins. 2008. Disease as a selective force precluding widespread cannabalism: A case study of an iridovirus of tiger salamanders, Ambystoma tigrinum. Evolutionary Ecology Research 10(1):105-128. (link )
Colon, W., P. Chitnis, J. P. Collins, J. Hicks, T. Chan and J. S. Tornow. 2008. Commentary: Chemical biology and the US National Science Foundation. 4(9):511-514. DOI: 10.1038/nchembio0908-511. (link )
Greer, A. L. and J. P. Collins. 2008. Habitat fragmentation as a result of biotic and abiotic factors controls pathogen transmission throughout a host population. Journal of Animal Ecology 77(2):364-369. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2007.01330.x. (link )
Greer, A. L., C. J. Briggs and J. P. Collins. 2008. Testing a key assumption of host-pathogen theory: Density and disease transmission. Oikos 117(11):1667-1673. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2008.16783.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2008. From environmental to ecological ethics: Towards a practical ethics for ecologists and conservationists. Science and Engineering Ethics 14(4):483-501. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-008-9087-0. (link )
Picco, A. M. and J. P. Collins. 2008. Amphibian commerce as a likely source of pathogen pollution. Conservation Biology 22(6):1582-1589. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01025.x. (link )
Schock, D. M., T. K. Bollinger, V. G. Chinchar, J. K. Jancovich and J. P. Collins. 2008. Experimental evidence that amphibian ranaviruses are multi-host pathogens. Copeia 2008(1):133-143. DOI: 10.1643/CP-06-134. (link )
Brunner, J. L., D. M. Schock and J. P. Collins. 2007. Transmission dynamics of the amphibian ranavirus Ambystoma tigrinum virus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 77(2):87-95. DOI: 10.3354/dao01845. (link )
Picco, A. M., J. L. Brunner and J. P. Collins. 2007. Susceptibility of the endangered Califronia tiger salamander, Ambystoma californiense, to ranavirus infection. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 43(2):286-290. (link )
Picco, A. M. and J. P. Collins. 2007. Fungal and viral pathogen occurrence in Costa Rican amphibians. Journal of Herpetology 41(4):746-749. DOI: 10.1670/07-033.1. (link )
Storfer, A., M. E. Alfaro, B. J. Ridenhour, J. K. Jancovich, S. G. Mech, M. J. Parris and J. P. Collins. 2007. Phylogenetic concordance analysis shows an emerging pathogen is novel and endemic. Ecology Letters 10(11):1075-1083. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2007.01102.x. (link )
Fox, S. F., A. L. Greer, R. Torres-Cervantes and J. P. Collins. 2006. First case of ranavirus-associated morbidity and mortality in natural populations of the South American frog Atelognathus patagonicus. Dieases of Aquatic Organisms 72(1):87-92. DOI: 10.3354/dao072087. (link )
Lips, K. R., F. Brem, R. Brenes, J. D. Reeve, R. A. Alford, J. Voyles, C. Carey, L. J. Livo, A. P. Pessler and J. P. Collins. 2006. Emerging infectious disease and the loss of biodiversity in a Neotropical amphibian community. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 103(9):3165-3170. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0506889103. (link )
Maret, T. J., J. D. Snyder and J. P. Collins. 2006. Altered drying regime controls distribution of endangered salamanders and introduced predators. Biological Conservation 127(2):129-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2005.08.003. (link )
Mendelson III, J. R., K. R. Lips, J. E. Diffendorfer, R. W. Gagliardo, G. B. Rabb, J. P. Collins, P. Daszak, R. Ibanez D, K. C. Zippel, S. N. Stuart, C. Gascon, H. R. Da Silva, P. A. Burrowes, R. C. Lacy, F. Bolanos, L. A. Coloma, K. M. Wright and D. B. Wake. 2006. Letters: Response to Pounds, J.A., et al.: Responding to amphibian loss. Science 314(5805):1541-1542. DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5805.1541. (link )
Mendelson III, J. R., K. R. Lips, R. W. Gagliardo, G. B. Rabb, J. P. Collins, J. E. Diffendorfer, P. Daszak, R. Ibanez D, K. C. Zippel, D. P. Lawson, K. M. Wright, S. N. Stuart, C. Gascon, H. R. Da Silva, P. A. Burrowes, R. L. Joglar, E. la Marca, S. Lotters, L. H. du Preez, C. Weldon, A. Hyatt, J. V. Rodriguez-Mahecha, S. Hunt, H. Robertson, B. Lock, C. J. Raxworthy, D. R. Frost, R. C. Lacy, R. A. Alford, J. A. Campbell, G. Parra-Olea, F. Bolanos, J. J. Calco Domingo, T. Halliday, J. B. Murphy, M. H. Wake, L. A. Coloma, S. L. Kuzmin, M. Stanley Price, K. M. Howell, M. W. Lau, R. Pethiyagoda, M. Boone, M. J. Lanoo, A. R. Blaustein, A. Dobson, R. A. Griffiths, M. L. Crump, D. B. Wake and E. D. Brodie Jr. 2006. Policy Forum - Biodiversity: Confronting amphibian declines and extinctions. Science 313(5783):48. DOI: 10.1126/science.1128396. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2006. Response to Rominger. Conservation Biology 20(5):1341. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00535_3.x. (link )
Retallick, R. W., V. Miera, K. L. Richards, K. J. Field and J. P. Collins. 2006. A non-lethal technique for detecting the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on tadpoles. Dieases of Aquatic Organisms 72(1):77-85. DOI: 10.3354/dao072077. (link )
Brunner, J. L., K. L. Richards and J. P. Collins. 2005. Dose and host characteristics influence virulence of ranavirus infections. Oecologia 144(3):399-406. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-005-0093-5. (link )
Collins, J. P. and T. Halliday. 2005. Forecasting changes in amphibian biodiversity: Aiming at a moving target. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 360(1454):309-314. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2004.1588. (link )
Jancovich, J. K., E. W. Davidson, N. Parameswaran, J. Mao, V. G. Chinchar, J. P. Collins, B. L. Jacobs and A. Storfer. 2005. Evidence for emergence of an amphibian iridoviral disease because of human-enhanced spread. Molecular Ecology 14(1):213-224. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2004.02387.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Ecological ethics: Building a new tool kit for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Conservation Biology 19(6):1803-1812. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00281.x. (link )
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2005. Why we need an "ecological ethics". Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3(6):332-337. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0332:WWNAEE]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Parris, M. J., A. Storfer, J. P. Collins and E. W. Davidson. 2005. Life-history responses to pathogens in tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) larvae. Journal of Herpetology 39(3):366-372. DOI: 10.1670/183-04N.1. (link )
Rachowicz, L. J., J. Hero, R. A. Alford, J. W. Taylor, J. A. Morgan, V. T. Vredenburg, J. P. Collins and C. J. Briggs. 2005. The novel and endemic pathogen hypotheses: Competing explanations for the orgin of emerging infectious diseases of wildlife. Conservation Biology 19(5):1441-1448. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00255.x. (link )
Brunner, J. L., D. M. Schock, E. W. Davidson and J. P. Collins. 2004. Intraspecific reservoirs: Complex life history and the persistence of a lethal ranavirus. Ecology 85(2):560-566. DOI: 10.1890/02-0374. (link )
Collins, J. P. 2004. Where have all the frogs gone?. Natural History 113:44-49. (link )
Collins, J. P., J. L. Brunner, J. Janovich and D. M. Schock. 2004. A model host-pathogen system for studying infectious disease dynamics in amphibians: Tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) and Ambystoma tigrinum virus. Herpetological Journal 14:195-200.
Parris, M. J., A. Davis and J. P. Collins. 2004. Single-host pathogen effects on mortality and behavioral responses to predators in salamanders (Urodela: Ambystomitidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 82(9):1477-1483. DOI: 10.1139/z04-127. (link )
Storfer, A., S. G. Mech, M. W. Reudink, R. E. Ziemba, J. Warren and J. P. Collins. 2004. Evidence for introgression in the endangered Sonora tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi (Lowe). Copeia 2004(4):783-796. DOI: 10.1643/CG-03-095R1. (link )
Collins, J. P. 2003. Special Feature: What can we learn from community genetics?. Ecology 84(3):574-577. DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2003)084[0574:WCWLFC]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Collins, J. P. and A. Storfer. 2003. Global amphibian declines: Sorting the hypotheses. Diversity and Distributions 9(2):89-98. DOI: 10.1046/j.1472-4642.2003.00012.x. (link )
Davidson, E. W., M. J. Parris, J. P. Collins, J. E. Longcore, A. P. Pressier and J. Brunner. 2003. Pathogenicity and transmission of chytridiomycosis in tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum). Copeia 2003(3):601-607. DOI: 10.1643/CP-02-120R1. (link )
Jancovich, J. K., J. Mao, V. G. Chinchar, C. Wyatt, S. T. Case, S. Kumar, G. Valente, S. Subramanian, E. W. Davidson, J. P. Collins and B. L. Jacobs. 2003. Genomic sequence of a ranavirus (family Iridoviridae) associated with salamander mortalities in North America. Virology 316(1):90-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2003.08.001. (link )
Collins, J. P. 2002. May you live in interesting times: Using multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programs to cope with change in the life sciences. BioScience 52(1):75-83. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2002)052[0075:MYLIIT]2.0.CO;2. (link )
Jancovich, J. K., E. W. Davidson, A. Seiler, B. L. Jacobs and J. P. Collins. 2001. Transmission of the Amystoma tigrinum virus to alternative hosts. Dieases of Aquatic Organisms 46(3):159-163. (link )
Collins, J. P., A. P. Kinzig, N. B. Grimm, W. F. Fagan, D. Hope, J. Wu and E. T. Borer. 2000. A new urban ecology. American Scientist 88(5):416-425. DOI: 10.1511/2000.5.416. (link )
Ziemba, R. E., M. T. Myers and J. P. Collins. 2000. Foraging under the risk of cannabalism leads to divergence in body size among tiger salamander larvae. Oecologia 124(2):225-231. DOI: 10.1007/s004420050010. (link )
Pfennig, D. W., J. P. Collins and R. E. Ziemba. 1999. A test of alternative hypotheses for kin recognition in cannabalistic tiger salamanders. Behavioral Ecology 10(4):436-443. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/10.4.436. (link )
Ziemba, R. E. and J. P. Collins. 1999. Development of size structure in tiger salamanders: The role of intraspecific interference. Oecologia 120(4):524-529. DOI: 10.1007/s004420050886. (link )
Brunkow, P. E. and J. P. Collins. 1998. Group size structure affects patterns of aggression in larval salamanders. Behavioral Ecology 9(5):508-514. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/9.5.508. (link )
Maienschein, J., J. P. Collins and D. S. Strouse. 1998. Biology and law: Challenges of adjudicating competing claims in a democracy. Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology 38(2):151-181.
Jancovich, J. K., E. W. Davidson, J. F. Morado, B. L. Jacobs and J. P. Collins. 1997. Isolation of a lethal virus from the endangered tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 31(3):161-167. DOI: 10.3354/dao031161. (link )
Maret, T. J. and J. P. Collins. 1997. Ecological origin of morphological diversity: A study of alternative trophic phenotypes in larval salamanders. Evolution 51(3):898-905. (link )
Brunkow, P. E. and J. P. Collins. 1996. Effects of individual variation in size on growth and development of larval salamanders. Ecology 77(5):1482-1492. DOI: 10.2307/2265545. (link )
Maret, T. J. and J. P. Collins. 1996. Effect of prey vulnerability on population size structure of a gape-limited predator. Ecology 77(1):320-324. DOI: 10.2307/2265681. (link )
Jones, T. R., E. J. Routman, D. J. Begun and J. P. Collins. 1995. Ancestry of an isolated subspecies of salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi Lowe: The evolutionary significance of hybridization. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 4(2):194-202. DOI: 10.1006/mpev.1995.1019. (link )
Allison, L. J., P. E. Brunkow and J. P. Collins. 1994. Opportunistic breeding after summer rains by Arizona tiger salamanders. Great Basin Naturalist 54(4):376-379. (link )
Holomuzki, J. R., J. P. Collins and P. E. Brunkow. 1994. Trophic control of fishless ponds by tiger salamander larvae. Oikos 71:55-64. (link )
Loeb, M. L., J. P. Collins and T. J. Maret. 1994. The role of prey in controlling expression of a trophic polymorphism in Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Functional Ecology 8(2):151-158. (link )
Maret, T. J. and J. P. Collins. 1994. Individual responses to population size structure: the role of size variation in controlling expression of a trophic polyphenism. Oecologia 279-285.
Pfennig, D. W., P. W. Sherman and J. P. Collins. 1994. Kin recognition and cannabalism in polyphenic salamanders. Behavioral Ecology 5(2):225-232. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/5.2.225. (link )
Pfennig, D. W., P. W. Sherman and J. P. Collins. 1994. Kin recognition and cannibalism in polyphenic salamanders.. Behavioral Ecology 225-232.
Collins, J. P., K. E. Zerba and M. J. Sredl. 1993. Shaping intraspecific variation: Development, ecology and evolution of morphology and life history variation in tiger salamanders. Genetica 89(1-3):167-183. DOI: 10.1007/BF02424512. (link )
Collins, J. P., K. E. Zerba and M. J. Sredl. 1993. Shaping intraspecific variation: development, ecology, and the evolution of morphology and life history variation in tiger salamanders. Genetica 167-183.
Pfennig, D. W. and J. P. Collins. 1993. Kinship affects morphogenesis in cannibalistic salamanders. Nature 362(6423):836-838. DOI: 10.1038/362836a0. (link )
Pfennig, D. W. and J. P. Collins. 1993. Kinship affects morphogenesis in cannibalistic salamanders.. Nature 836-838.
Begun, D. J. and J. P. Collins. 1992. Biochemical plasticity in the Arizona tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum). Journal of Heredity 83(3):224-227.
Jones, T. R. and J. P. Collins. 1992. Analysis of a hybrid zone between subspecies of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) in central New Mexico, USA. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 5(2):275-402. DOI: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.1992.5030375.x. (link )
Reilly, S. M., G. V. Lauder and J. P. Collins. 1992. Performance consequences of trophic polymorphism: Feeding behavior in typical and cannibal phenotypes of Ambystoma tigrinum. 1992(3):672-679.
Sredl, M. J. and J. P. Collins. 1992. The interaction of predation, competition, and habitat complexity in structuring an amphibian community. Copeia 1992(3):607-614.
Sredl, M. J. and J. P. Collins. 1992. The interaction of predation, competition, and habitat complexity in structuring an amphibian community.. Copeia 607-614.
Zerba, K. E. and J. P. Collins. 1992. Spatial heterogeneity and individual variation in diet of an aquatic top predator.. Ecology 268-279.
Zerba, K. E. and J. P. Collins. 1992. Spatial heterogeneity and individual variation in diet of an aquatic top predator. Ecology 72(1):268-279. DOI: 10.2307/1938738. (link )
Pfennig, D. W., M. L. Loeb and J. P. Collins. 1991. Pathogens as a factor limiting the spread of cannibalism in tiger salamanders. Oecologia 88(2):161-166. DOI: 10.1007/BF00320806. (link )
Sredl, M. J. and J. P. Collins. 1991. The effect of ontogeny on interspecific interactions in larval amphibians. Ecology 72(6):2232-2239. DOI: 10.2307/1941573. (link )
Sredl, M. J. and J. P. Collins. 1991. The effect of ontogeny on interspecific interactions in larval amphibians.. Ecology 2232-2239.
Fernandez, P. J. and J. P. Collins. 1988. Effect of environment and ontogeny on color pattern variation in Arizona tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum Hallowell). Copeia 1988(4):930-940.
Fernandez, P. Z. and J. P. Collins. 1988. Effect of environment and ontogeny on color pattern variation in Arizona tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum Hallowell).. Copeia 930-940.
Jones, T. R., J. P. Collins, T. D. Kocher and J. B. Mitton. 1988. Systematic status and distribution of Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi Lowe. Copeia 1988(3):621-635.
Collins, J. P. 1986. Evolutionary ecology and the use of natural selection in ecological theory. Journal of the History of Biology 19(2):257-288. DOI: 10.1007/BF00138879.
Collins, J. P. and J. R. Holomuzki. 1984. Intraspecific variation in diet within and between trophic morphs in larval tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosus). Canadian Journal of Zoology 62(2):168-174. DOI: 10.1139/z84-027. (link )
Collins, J. P. and J. R. Holomuzki. 1984. Intraspecific variation in diet within and between trophic morphs in larval tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum). Canadian Journal of Zoology 168-174.
Collins, J. P. and J. E. Cheek. 1983. Effect of food and density on development of typical and cannibalistic salamander larvae in Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Integrative & Comparative Biology 23(1):77-84. DOI: 10.1093/icb/23.1.77. (link )
Holomuzki, J. R. and J. P. Collins. 1983. Diel movement of larvae of the tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum. Journal of Herpetology 17(3):276-278. (link )
Brown, D. E., W. L. Minckley and J. P. Collins. 1982. Historical background of southwestern ecological studies.. Desert Plants 1-342.
Collins, J. P. 1981. Distribution, habitats, and life history variation in the tiger salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum, in east-central and southeast Arizona. Copeia 1981(2):666-675.
Collins, J. P., M. Young, J. Howell and W. L. Minckley. 1981. Impact of flooding in a Sonoran Desert stream, including elimination of an endangered fish population (Poeciliopsis o. occidentalis, Poeciliidae). Southwestern Naturalist 26(4):415-523. (link )
Collins, J. P., J. B. Mitton and B. A. Pierce. 1980. Ambystoma tigrinum: A multi-species conglomerate?. Copeia 1980(4):938-941.
Franzblau, M. A. and J. P. Collins. 1980. Test of a hypothesis of territory regulation in an insectivorous bird by experimentally increasingprey abundance. Oecologia 46(2):164-170. DOI: 0.1007/BF00540122. (link )
Collins, J. P. 1979. Sexually mature larvae of the salamander Ambystoma rosaceum and A. tigrinum velasci from Chihuahua, Mexico: Taxonomic and ecologic notes. Journal of Herpetology 13(3):351-354. (link )
Collins, J. P. and M. A. Lewis. 1979. Overwintering tadpoles and multiple breeding in the Rana pipiens complex in Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 24(2):371-373. (link )
Collins, J. P. and H. M. Wilbur. 1979. Breeding habits and habitats of the amphibians of the E. S. George Reserve, Michigan, with notes on the local distribution of fishes. Occasional Papers Museum Zoology University of Michigan 686:1-34. (link )
Collins, J. P., R. Berkelhamer and M. Mesler. 1977. Notes on the natural history of the mangrove, Pelliciera rhizophorae (Theaceae). Brenesia 10/11:17-31. (link )
Wilbur, H. M., D. W. Tinkle and J. P. Collins. 1974. Environmental certainty, trophic level, and resource availablity in life history evolution. American Naturalist 108(964):805-817. (link )
Wilbur, H. M. and J. P. Collins. 1973. Ecological aspects of amphibian metamorphosis: Nonnormal distributions of competitive ability reflect selection for facultative metamorphosis. Science 182(4119):1305-1314. DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4119.1305. (link )
Collins, J. P. 1971. Ecological observations on a little known South American anole: Tropidodactylus onca. Breviora 370:1-6. (link )
Collins, J. P. and M. L. Crump. 2009. Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline. Oxford University Press. Oxford.
Lappe, F. M. and J. Collins. 1986. World hunger: Twelve myths. Grove Press, Inc. New York.
Collins, J. P. 1982. Birds, reptiles, and amphibians of the Interior Chaparral, Battle Flat, Arizona.. USDA Forest Service. Phoenix.
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2013. Ecosystems unbound: Ethical questions for an interventionist ecology. Pp. Chapter 36 In: Sandler, R. ed., Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Collins, J. P. 2011. Changes in biology and biology's evolving role in science education. In: Pettitt-Riley, S. ed., Research in Biology Education: Where Do We Go From Here?. Michigan State University Institute for Research on Mathematics and Science Education.
Collins, J. P. 2011. Foreword. In: Scheiner, S. M. and M. Willig eds., The Theory of Ecology. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, IL.
Minteer, B. A. and J. P. Collins. 2011. A practical ethics for ecologists and biodiversity managers. Pp. 140-160 In: Minteer, B. A. ed., Refounding Environmental Ethics: Pragmatism, Principle, and Practice. Temple University Press.
Gascon, C. and J. P. Collins. 2008. Preface. Pp. xi In: Stuart, S. N., M. Hoffman, J. S. Chanson, N. A. Cox, R. J. Berridge, P. Ramani and B. E. Young eds., Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, in association with IUCN, the World Conservation Union, Conservation International, and NatureServe.
Hoffman, M., D. R. Church, J. P. Collins, N. A. Cox, C. Gascon, J. R. Mendelson III, R. D. Moore, S. N. Stuart and K. C. Zippel. 2008. Amphibian conservation — responding to the global decline of amphibians. Pp. 114-124 In: Stuart, S. N., M. Hoffman, J. S. Chanson, N. A. Cox, R. J. Berridge, P. Ramani and B. E. Young eds., Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, in association with IUCN, the World Conservation Union, Conservation International, and NatureServe. Barcelona, Spain.
Bement Jr, A., J. P. Collins, J. Wing, R. Buckius, J. Moyers, D. Lightfoot, D. Atkins, K. Erb and K. Olsen. 2007. NSF's observing systems: Platforms for large-scale environmental research. Pp. 88-91 In: Secretariat, G. ed., The Full Picture. Tudor Rose, Geneva, Switzerland. (link )
Collins, J. P., S. Gilbert, M. D. Laubichler and G. B. Muller. 2007. Modeling in EvoDevo: How to integrate development, evolution, and ecology. Pp. 355-378 In: Laubichler, M. D. and G. B. Muller eds., Modeling Biology: Structures, Behaviors, Evolution. The MIT Press.
Daszak, P., K. R. Lips, R. A. Alford, C. Carey, J. P. Collins, P. Cunningham, R. Harris and S. R. Ron. 2007. Infectious diseases. Pp. 21-25 In: Gascon, C., J. P. Collins, R. D. Moore, D. R. Church, J. E. McCay and J. R. Mendelson III eds., Amphibian Conservation Action Plan: Proceedings of the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Conservation Summit 2005. IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. (link )
Collins, J. P., A. Cohen, E. W. Davidson, J. E. Longcore and A. Storfer. 2005. Meeting the challenge of amphibian declines with an interdisciplinary research program. Pp. 23-27 In: Lanoo, M. J. ed., Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press. Berkeley, CA.
Carey, C., D. F. Bradford, J. L. Brunner, J. P. Collins, E. W. Davidson, J. E. Longcore, M. Ouellet, A. P. Pessier and D. M. Schock. 2003. Biotic factors in amphibian population declines. Pp. 153-208 In: Linder, G., S. K. Krest and D. W. Sparling eds., Amphibian Declines: An Integrated Analysis of Multiple Stressor Effects. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Pensacola, FL.
Collins, J. P., J. Brunner, V. Miera, M. J. Parris, D. M. Schock and A. Storfer. 2003. Ecology and evolution of infectious disease. Pp. 137-151 In: Semlitsch, R. D. ed., Amphibian Conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press. Washington, D.C.
Collins, J. P. 2000. Evolutionary ecology and the use of natural selection in ecological theory. Pp. 288-303 In: Keller, D. R. and F. B. Golley eds., The Philosophy of Ecology: From Science to Synthesis. University of Georgia Press. Athens, GA.
Brown, D. E., W. L. Minckley and J. P. Collins. 1994. Historical background of Southwestern ecological studies. Pp. 17-23 + Lit. Cit. In: Brown, D. E. ed., Biotic Communities: Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. University of Utah Press. Salt Lake City, UT.
Collins, J. P., K. E. Zerba and M. J. Sredl. 1994. Shaping intraspecific variation: Development, ecology and the evolution of morphology and life history variation in tiger salamanders. Pp. 169-185 In: Markow, T. A. ed., Developmental Instability: Its Orgins and Evolutionary Implications. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Dordrecht/Boston/London.
Collins, J. P. 1988. Interindividual comparisons. Pp. 242-243 In: Feder, M. E., A. F. Bennett, W. W. Burggren and R. B. Huey eds., New Directions in Ecological Physiology. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge.
Collins, J. P., T. R. Jones and H. J. Berna. 1988. Conserving genetically distinctive populations: The case of the Huachuca tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum stebbinsi Lowe). Pp. 45-53 In: Szaro, R. C., K. C. Severson and D. R. Patton eds., Management of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Small Mammals in Arizona. Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. Fort Collins, CO.
Jones, J. E., N. B. Grimm, C. N. Dahm, M. S. Williams and J. P. Collins. 2009. Hydrologic effects of ecosystems response to climate change and land use charnge. Estes Park, CO. Working group organizers report presented at 14-16 September 2009 LTER All Scientist Meeting, Integrating Science and Society in a World of Constant Change.
Sipe, E. S., J. P. Collins, A. E. Dittert and R. C. Goodwin. 1980. The preservation and study of prehistoric coral and coral artifacts: A case study from St. Kitts, West Indies. Pp. 246-263 In: Lewenstein, S. M. ed., Arizona State Univesity Anthropological Research Paper No. 22.