Michael Collins | Assistant Professor
Office: 106 Frazier Jelke W | Phone: (901) 843-3557 | Email: collinsm@rhodes.edu


Ecology, Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Statistics

Collins Lab

Research Interest »


Dr. Collins’ research interests are broad but center on examining the determinants and consequences of species diversity at local, regional, and global scales. His research employs observational, field, computational, statistical, and GIS approaches to understand issues in community ecology, conservation biology, avian ecology, and invasive species. Dr. Collins is excited to begin field studies in the Memphis area and encourages students to swing by his office to meet him, especially if they have an interest in avian conservation biology or field ecology.

B.S., University of Arizona (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
M.S., Florida State University (Biological Science)
Ph.D., University of Tennessee (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Biology 140 – BIOLOGY II
Biology 141 – BIOLOGY II LAB
Biology 315 – ECOLOGY
Biology 345 - ORNITHOLOGY

Selected Publications
Simberloff, D., and Collins, M.D. 2010. Birds of the Solomon Islands: The domain of the dynamic equilibrium theory and assembly rules, with comments on the taxon cycle. Pages 237-263 in J.B. Losos and R. Ricklefs, eds. The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Collins, M.D., and Simberloff, D.S. 2009. Rarefaction and nonrandom spatial dispersion patterns. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 16:89-103.

*Schook, D.M., Collins, M.D., Jensen, W.E., *Williams, P.J., *Bader, N.E., and Parker, T.H. 2008. Geographic patterns of song similarity in the Dickcissel, Spiza americana. Auk 125:953-964.

Crutsinger, G.M., Collins, M.D., Fordyce, J.A., and Sanders, N.J. 2008. Temporal dynamics in non-additive responses of arthropods to host-plant genotypic diversity. Oikos 117:255–264.

Cadotte, M.W., *Mai, D.V., *Jantz, S., Collins, M.D., *Keele, M., and Drake, J.A. 2006. On testing the competition–colonization trade-off in a multispecies assemblage. American Naturalist 168:704–709.

Crutsinger, G.M., Collins, M.D., Fordyce, J.A., Gompert, Z, Nice, C.C., and Sanders, N.J. 2006. Plant genotypic diversity predicts community structure and governs an ecosystem process. Science 313:966–968.

Collins, M.D., Vázquez, D.P., and Sanders, N.J. 2002. Species–area curves, homogenization and the loss of global diversity. Evolutionary Ecology Research 4:457–464.

Vázquez, D., y Collins, M. 1999. Modelos en ecología: Entrevista con Daniel Simberloff. Boletín de la Asociación Argentina de Ecología 8:34–38.