Scott Collins

Professor, Joint Appointment, University of New Mexico


2016-        Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico

2012-        Regents’ Professor, University of New Mexico

2012-17    Loren Potter Chair of Plant Ecology, Department of Biology, UNM

2003-14    Principal Investigator, Sevilleta LTER Program

2003-        Professor of Biology, University of New Mexico

2003-        Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

1992-03    Program Director, National Science Foundation

1985-94    Assistant, Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma

1984         Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University

1981-83    Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma


  • Ph.D. Botany, University of Oklahoma 1981
  • M.S. Botany, Miami University 1977
  • B.A. Biology, Wittenberg University 1975

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Research Interests

Plant community dynamics, gradient models and gradient structure, the role of disturbance in communities, fire ecology, patch dynamics, grassland ecology, analysis of species distribution and abundance, local-regional interactions, productivity-diversity relationships, dynamics of aridland ecosystems, climate change impacts on aridland ecosystems.


Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 591 Seminar
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 423 Population & Community Ecology
BIO 591 Seminar
BIO 598 Special Topics


Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico 2016-

Regents' Professor, University of New Mexico 2012-2016

President, Ecological Society of America 2012-2013

Vice President for Public Affairs, Ecological Soceity of America 2014-2015

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science 2012

Fellow, Ecological Society of America 2016

President, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers 2005


Editor-in-Chief, BioScience 2016-

Editorial Board Member, BioScience 1998-

Editorial Board Member, Oecologia 2008-2016

Editorial Board Member, Ecosphere 2012-2016

Editorial Board Member, Journal of Ecology 2005-2008

Associate Editor, Journal of Vegetation Science 1992-1996