Beverly Collins

Beverly Collins

 

Department of Biology
Associate Professor

Phone: 828-227-3663
Fax: 828-227-7066
Email: collinsb@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: Natural Science Building 132

Education:

Ph.D., Botany, Rutgers University, 1985

M.S., Botany, Rutgers University, 1979

B.S., Botany, University of Kentucky, 1977

Courses Taught:

BIOL 304: “General Ecology”

BIOL 433/533: “Ecological Co-Adaptations”

BIOL 436/536: “Physiological and Ecosystem Ecology”

BIOL 437/537: “Community and Landscape Dynamics”

Recent Publications:

Wilfahrt, P.A., B. Collins, and P.S. White. In press. Shifts in functional traits among tree communities across succession in eastern deciduous forests. Forest Ecology and Management, accepted January 2014.

Mathews, K. and B. Collins. In press. Plant and pollinator communities of high elevation rock outcrop communities. Natural Areas Journal, accepted June, 2013.

Greenberg, C., B. Collins, and F. R. Thompson. 2011. Sustaining young forest communities – Ecology and management of early successional habitat in the US central hardwood region. Springer

Griep, M. T. and B. Collins. 2011. Chapter 14, Wildlife and forest communities. In: D. Wear and J. Greis (eds) Southern Forest Futures Assessment. USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station.

Pittillo, J. Dan and Beverly Collins. 2010. Flowering phenology: trends over 32 years in a common garden. Southeastern Naturalist 9(4):837-846

Collins, B. and S. Foré*. 2009 Genetic and demographic structure within a large population of Echinacea laevigata (Asteraceae). Journal of Torrey Botanical Society 136:445-456.

Collins, B., T. M. Schuler, W.M. Ford, and D.Hawkins. 2010. Stand dynamics of relict red spruce in the Alarka creek headwaters. In: Rentch, James S.; Schuler, Thomas M. Proceedings from the conference on the ecology and management of high-elevation forests in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains. 2009 May 14-15; Slatyfork, WV. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-64. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 242 p..

Walker, A. N.*, S. A. Foré*, and B. Collins. 2009. Spatial and Temporal Structure of Trillium maculatum Raf. (Lilliaceae): inferences about seed dispersal. Botany: 87(3): 223–23

Kwit, C.* and B. Collins. 2008. Native Grasses as a Management Alternative on Vegetated Closure Caps. Environmental Management 41:929-936.

Collins, B. and L. Battaglia. 2008. Oak regeneration in southeastern bottomland hardwood forest. Forest Ecology and Management 255:3036-3054.

Schnurr, J.* and B. Collins. 2007. Influences on oak and pine establishment with time-since-fire in sandhills longleaf pine forests. Southeastern Naturalist 6:523-534.

Dilustro, J., B. Collins and L. Duncan. 2006. Land use history effects in mixed pine hardwood forests at Fort Benning. Journal of Torrey Botanical Society 133:460-467.

Battaglia, L. and B. Collins. 2006. Linking hydroperiod and vegetation response in Carolina Bay wetlands. Plant Ecology 184: 173-185.

Collins, B., P. Minchin, J. Dilustro, and L. Duncan. 2006. Land use effects on groundlayer composition and regeneration of mixed pine hardwood forests in the Fall Line Sandhills, S.E. USA Forest Ecology and Management 226: 181-188.

Collins, B., R. Sharitz, K. Madden, and J. Dilustro. 2006. Comparison of sandhills and mixed pine hardwood communities at Fort Benning, Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 5:92-102.

Holladay, C.-A., C. Kwit, and B. Collins. 2006. Woody regeneration in and around aging southern bottomland hardwood forest gaps: effects of herbivory and gap size. Forest Ecology and Management 223:218-225.

Lejeunesse, S. J. J. Dilustro, R. R. Sharitz, and B. S. Collins. 2006. Ground layer carbon and nitrogen cycling and legume nitrogen inputs in a frequently burned mixed pine forest. American Journal of Botany 93: 84-93.

Collins, B. S., R. R. Sharitz, and D. P. Coughlin. 2005. Elemental composition of native wetland plants in constructed mesocosm treatment wetlands. Bioresource Technology 96:937-948.

Dilustro, J.J., B. Collins, L. Duncan, and C. Crawford. 2005. Moisture and soil texture effects on soil CO2 efflux components in southeastern mixed pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management 204:85-95.

Collins, B., J. V. McArthur, and R. Sharitz. 2004. Plant effects on microbial assemblages and remediation of acidic coal pile runoff in mesocosm treatment wetlands. Ecological Engineering 23:107-115

Battaglia, L. B. Collins, and R. Sharitz. 2004. Do regeneration strategies of bottomland hardwoods predict field distributions? Forest Ecology and Management 198:15-30.

Battaglia, L., B. Collins, and P. Weisenhorn. 2004. Regeneration in bottomland forests: recruitment and persistence of Quercus michauxii in and around aging canopy gaps. Can. J. For. Res. 34:1359-1364

Research Presentations:

Collins, B. (2006) Multiple land use effects on upland forest vegetation of a heterogeneous military site. EPA Ecotoxicology Conference, 23-27 April, Cincinnati.

Collins, B. (May 2005). Land use effects on plant community dynamics at Fort Benning, GA. Eastern Kentucky University.

Collins, B. (18 April, 2005) Fire and tanks: Land use effects on upland mixed pine forest vegetation at Fort Benning. Columbus State University.

Collins, B., Rebecca R. Sharitz, Kathryn Madden, and John Dilustro (August, 2005) Comparison of sandhills and mixed pine hardwood communities at Fort Benning, Georgia. ESA Annual Meeting, Montreal, CA.

Collins, B., J. Dilustro, and L. Duncan (November 2005) Land management and military use effects on the ground layer of upland forests at Fort Benning. SERDP Symposium.

Collins, B. (January 2004) Fire and Tanks: Land use effects on vegetation and nitrogen cycling at Fort Benning. Drexel University.

Dilustro, J., B. Collins, and L. Duncan (November 2004) Soil nitrogen availability in mixed pine forests of varying management, military use and soil texture. Soil Science Society of America meeting.

Collins, B. and L. Battaglia (April 2004) Regeneration strategies in bottomland hardwood forests. ASB meeting, Memphis, TN.

McLeod, K. W., B. S. Collins, and B. P. Jackson (June 2004) Impact of fly ash deposition on a bottomland/swamp forest plant community. SWS.

Dilustro, J., B. Collins, L. Duncan, and C. Crawford (August 2004) Soil respiration, microbial biomass, and fine root production in forests of varying soil texture. ESA meeting, Portland, OR.

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