Sharon K. Collinge

University of Colorado, USA

Sharon K. Collinge earned a Doctorate in landscape ecology from Harvard University in 1995 and in 1998 became an Assistant Professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was named a 2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in recognition of her outstanding leadership ability and desire to communicate scientific issues beyond academic audiences. Dr. Collinge currently teaches courses in conservation biology, restoration ecology, and environmental science and mentors students in research and career development in these fields. Dr. Collinge’s research is based in grassland ecosystems of the American west and centers on how land use changes affect the survival and persistence of native plants and animals. She studies how landscape modification influences the emergence of infectious diseases, specifically the impacts of urbanization on plague outbreaks in prairie dogs. Her work also integrates ecological science with restoration of endangered vernal pool species and ecosystems in California. Her long-term, large-scale restoration experiment with vernal pool plant communities examines factors that influence the formation of these imperiled plant assemblages. Sharon’s newly published book, Ecology of Fragmented Landscapes, synthesizes research on the ecological consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation and reviews ways in which science can inform ecological restoration and conservation planning. This book is intended to serve as a critical reference and touchstone for students and researchers embarking on studies of the ecological consequences of landscape change.

Biography Updated on 16 March 2011

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