Scott Collins joins CASNR's Department of Natural Resources Management
By: Norman Martin
Scott Collins has been named an assistant professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences in Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He officially stepped into his new teaching and research post on Sept. 1.
The Michigan native indicated that he is interested in the ecological ties that bind aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. A principal focus of his work has been to better understand how landscape disturbances, invasive species, climate change, and other factors influence the health and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.
One of his primary goals here at Tech is to prepare his students to be proactive leaders
for the conservation and management of aquatic natural resources.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Collins served as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign, Illinois.
Collins received his bachelor's degree in biology from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. In addition, he earned his doctorate in biology from Idaho State University's Stream Ecology Center in Pocatello, Idaho. He is a member of the American Fisheries Society, Society for Freshwater Science and the Ecological Society of America.
Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management has 15 fulltime faculty members, along with some 325 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, said Chairman Warren Conway. It offers bachelor's degrees in natural resources management with emphasis areas in fisheries biology, wildlife biology, conservation science, range conservation, or ranch management, as well as a separate bachelor's in conservation law enforcement.
In addition, he said the department has a strong record of multidisciplinary research and houses management and research staff from state and federal natural resources agencies. The Department is also home to the U.S. Geological Survey Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit and promotes teaching and research activity at the Llano River Field Station in Junction, Texas.
CONTACT: Warren Conway, Chairman and Bricker Endowed Chair in Wildlife Management, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2841 or firstname.lastname@example.org