Beverly Collins

Department of Biology
Associate Professor

Beverly Collins

Phone: 828-227-3663
Fax: 828-227-7066
Office Address: Natural Science Building 132


  • 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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