I am a senior academic in the CEP and, in addition to my teaching and mentoring roles contribute to both research and administration. With broad research interests, I publish regularly on aspects of Urban Ecology, Entomology and Sustainability.
I also contribute regularly to the wider media on ecological and entomological topics and have appeared on (amongst others) Radio 4's TODAY and Loose Ends shows, Blue Peter, First News, several 'Insect Eating' documentaries and on the pages of many popular and specialist magazines. An enthusiasm for scientific outreach leads me give talks in a wide variety of venues and circumstances.
After studying trees at Merrist Wood Agricultural College and a BSc in Ecology at the University of Sussex, my PhD (2001) was in the ecology of the aphid fauna of willow trees and gives me roots in applied entomology and crop pest biology. After post doctoral appointments in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology (DEST) of Imperial College and in the School of Biology at Leeds University, I returned to Imperial College's Life Sciences where I remained based until 2012. Whilst there I was the Senior Womens' Tutor, convened the second undergraduate year for Biology Degrees, several undergraduate modules and the created the popular MSc in Ecological Applications.
My current teaching portfolio covers MSc Quantitative Skills and Ecology. I oversee the CEP's inter-departmental contribution to the teaching of Natural Resource Management. I am also the Senior Women's Tutor and have received Rector's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and for Excellence in Pastoral Care.
In addition to my work at Imperial College, I was a Senior Lecturer in Entomology at Harper Adams University College, consult on sustainability challenges and am an Associate with the Environmental Consultancy, Collingwood Environmental Planning.
et al., 2020, Fluorescent markers rhodamine B and uranine for Anopheles gambiae adults and matings, Malaria Journal, Vol:19, ISSN:1475-2875, Pages:1-9
Hunt C, Collins C, Benedict MQ, 2020, Measuring and reducing biofilm in mosquito rearing containers, Parasites and Vectors, Vol:13, ISSN:1756-3305
Fletcher EI, Collins C, 2020, Urban Agriculture: Declining opportunity and increasing demand. How observations from London, U.K., can inform effective response, strategy and policy on a wide scale, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, ISSN:1610-8167
et al., 2020, Systems thinking creates opportunities for a circular economy and sustainable palm agriculture in Africa, Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, Vol:1, ISSN:2666-0490, Pages:31-34
et al., Surviving the journey: Comparisons of temperature-stabilizing materials for living arthropod shipments, The Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, ISSN:8756-971X