James P. Collins
James P. Collins
Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University
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James P. Collins is Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. His research group studies host-pathogen biology and its relationship to the decline of species, the intellectual history of ecology’s development as a science, ecological ethics, and adaptation to change in academic and research institutions. He previously chaired ASU’s Zoology then Biology Department. At the National Science Foundation he was director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology program and head of the Biological Sciences Directorate.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Association for Women in Science, and past president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He previously chaired the board of directors for the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Board on Life Sciences of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Dr. Collins coauthored, with Martha Crump and Thomas Lovejoy, Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline (Oxford, 2009) and, with Ben Minteer and Jane Maienschein, coedited The Ark and Beyond: The Evolution of Zoo and Aquarium Conservation (Chicago, 2018). He cochaired the NASEM committees that produced the consensus reports Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values (2016) and Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century (2020).

He received his MS and PhD in ecology from the University of Michigan and his BS from Manhattan College.

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