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Project Description

Arizona State University

Contact Info

Arizona State University
School of Life Sciences
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501

Dr. James Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment

Phone: (480) 965-4578
Email: jcollins@asu.edu
Website: https://sols.asu.edu/people/james-p-collins

Fields of Interest

Ecology and evolution of host-pathogen biology; causes of the global decline of amphibians; evolution of life history characters; intellectual history of ecology’s development as a science; ecological ethics including assisted migration in the face of global change.

Description of Scientific Projects

James P. Collins is an evolutionary ecologist whose research group studies the role of host-pathogen interactions in species decline and extinction. They use amphibians along with viral and fungal pathogens as models for studying the factors that control population dynamics. Collins’s other research foci include the intellectual factors that have shaped Ecology’s development as a discipline and Ecological Ethics. Collins's expertise in population dynamics led him to serve as Director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1985 to 1986. He also served as NSF’s Assistant Director for Biological Sciences from 2005 to 2009. From 1989 to 2002 he was Chair of ASU’s Zoology, and then Biology Department, where he used interdisciplinary programs to foster innovation in research, education, and institutional change.

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