Imperial College London

Dr C M (Tilly) Collins

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Teaching Fellow



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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.



Anankware PJ, Roberts B, Cheseto X, et al., 2021, The nutritional profiles of five important edible insect species from West Africa – an analytical and literature synthesis, Frontiers in Nutrition, Vol:8, ISSN:2296-861X, Pages:1-19

Singh M, Griaud C, Collins CM, 2021, An evaluation of the effectiveness of protected areas in Thailand, Ecological Indicators, Vol:125, ISSN:1470-160X, Pages:1-9

Birungi K, Mabuka DP, Balyesima V, et al., 2021, Eave and swarm collections prove effective for biased captures of male Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes in Uganda., Parasites and Vectors, Vol:14, ISSN:1756-3305, Pages:1-17

FitzGerald O, Collins CM, Potter C, 2021, Woodland Expansion in Upland National Parks: An Analysis of Stakeholder Views and Understanding in the Dartmoor National Park, UK, Land, Vol:10

Singh M, Badcock-Scruton J, Collins CM, 2021, What Will Remain? Predicting the Representation in Protected Areas of Suitable Habitat for Endangered Tropical Avifauna in Borneo under a Combined Climate- and Land-Use Change Scenario, Sustainability, Vol:13

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