Pamela M. Collins


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Pamela M. Collins, PhD, provides analytical support and subject-matter expertise in the areas of water resources management, coastal resilience, and ecosystem restoration.

Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Dr. Collins served as an environmental policy analyst and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Institute for Water Resources (IWR) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Her portfolio at IWR included projects in ecosystem restoration, environmental stewardship, green infrastructure, ecosystem services, coastal resilience, and collaboration and public participation. She also coordinated the Science, Engineering, and Technology working group of the Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering community of practice and contributed to conferences, workshops, and seminars.

Dr. Collins earned a PhD focused on computational modeling and geospatial analysis of Holocene European vegetation change at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, after which she became the program leader for International Academic Partnerships at Swissnex Boston. She graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a double major in ecology and environmental studies, field work in Central America, the Caribbean, and southern Africa, and an honors thesis on Antarctic soil biogeochemistry. Between degrees, Dr. Collins served as an interpretive public outreach park ranger with the Student Conservation Association at Sequoia National Park, in California. She was recently elected to the board of the DC Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, where she serves as Treasurer and assists in coordinating Washington, D.C.-area programming and outreach activities.