Sharon Collinge

Director, Arizona Institute for Resilience

Dr. Sharon Collinge is a landscape ecologist whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the consequences of environmental change for species and ecosystems. Her expertise in human-environment interactions includes the impacts of habitat loss and fragmentation on wildlife disease dynamics, ecological restoration of riparian woodlands and ephemeral wetlands, and population declines of species due to land conversion. Dr. Collinge formerly served as Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado, Chief Scientist and Observatory Director for the NSF-funded National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), as the Vice President for Public Affairs for the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and currently serves as Past President of the ESA. Sharon’s current favorite activity is riding her electric bike around Tucson.


  • PhD, Landscape Ecology, Harvard University
  • MS, Biology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • BA, Biology, Kansas State University