Photo of Sharon Collinge
Professor

Office: SEEC S238C

Research Interests

  • Population and community ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Landscape ecology, and landscape planning 
  • Ecological consequences of habitat loss. 

Education

Ph.D. 1995 Harvard University

Biography

Dr. Sharon Collinge's research program centers on the role of landscape change in shaping ecological processes, including responses of individual organisms, populations, and communities to spatial variation in landscape structure. Her work integrates theories and methods of conservation biology, restoration ecology, and landscape ecology to examine ecological consequences of spatial structure in landscapes under varying degrees of human influence. In the laboratory, her team primarily conducts independent and integrated research related to two major projects: 1) spatial aspects of vernal pool ecology and restoration, and 2) landscape change and disease dynamics in grassland ecosystems. Dr. Collinge formerly served as the Chief Scientist and Observatory Director for the NSF-funded National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and as the Vice President for Public Affairs for the Ecological Society of America. Dr. Collinge currently serves as an instructor and mentor to graduate students in the Masters of the Environment program in ENVS.

A Note to Prospective Graduate Students

Dr. Collinge is not accepting any new student applications at this time.

A Note to Prospective ENVS Honors Undergraduate Students

My research focuses broadly on the ecological consequences of landscape change and the ecological understanding necessary to restore degraded landscapes. I'm also deeply engaged in CU's Center for Sustainable Landscapes and Communities, which is focused on building knowledge and informing decision making about public lands in and around Boulder County. I'd enjoy advising students with similar interests in conservation and restoration ecology in a variety of landscape types. Students would likely be involved in field observations and experiments to investigate their research questions.