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Lisa Collins

Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Environmental Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-0124
Office: SOS B15

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Biogeochemical Oceanography, University of Southern California, 2009
B.S. Geological Sciences, Univ Maryland College Park, 2003

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

NTT faculty, University of Southern California, 01/2009-  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

I am interested in the cycling of carbon between the ocean, atmosphere, and the land and in particular how anthropogenic changes affect the carbon cycle. My work has focused on time series measurements of particle fluxes in the ocean using moored sediment traps. Complimenting those measurements are lab-based studies where particle remineralization rates were measured with perturbations in temperature and oxygen concentration to simulate changing oceanic conditions. This work allows me to make predictions of how the ocean-atmosphere cycling of carbon may change as we experience global warming.

Research Keywords

climate change, carbon cycle, ocean-atmosphere

Funded Research

USC Funding

Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching. Catalina Semester FIUT: The FIUT will be used to enhance the ENST Catalina semester with experimental field work, workshops, and seminars designed to engage students in their environment. , $4,500, Spring 2014   
Undergraduate Research Associates Program. Catalina Island Summer Internship: Funding supported four USC ENST students to spend two months working on Catalina Island studying sustainable trail building, native plant communities, and eradicating invasive species., $6,400, 06/2013-08/2013  
Funds for Innovation in Undergratue Teaching. Integrative Approaches to Investigating Environmental Water Quality and Water Rights: Case Studies and Field Experiences in California and China: This grant funded further innovation of interdisciplinary coursework in the ENST program. ENST students focused on environmental issues and water rights case studies comparing Los Angeles and China., $5,300, 2012-2013   
Undergraduate Research Associates Program. Catalina Island Internship Program: Funded 4 ENST students to spend two months on Catalina Island working with the Catalina Conservancy and conducting original research in soil chemistry. Students set up long term invasive plant study., $4,500, 05/2012-08/2012  
Center for Scholarly Technology. Course Continuity in Crisis: Created a week long lesson plan that did not require students to meet in class, rather used lecture capture and an alternative assignment in lieu of class time., $5,000, Fall 2011   
Center for Scholarly Technology. Learning Environment Technology Grant: Grant received of new MacBook Pro for incorporating technology in the classroom. Specifically students did a critical evaluation of web resources & presented their findings to the class., $2,000, Fall 2011   
Faculty Development Grant. CSU Summer Soil Science Institute: Two week intensive short course on soil science at CSU including training in separating and identify soil fauna, characterizing soils visually and chemically, and isotopic analysis of C and N., $500, Spring 2011   


Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students

Served as academic advisor to all ENST majors and minors until College advisor vacancy was filled., Fall 2012   
Academic advisor for undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program for majors, minors, and those interested in adding the program to their major/ minor. , 2010-2011   
Academic advisor for undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program for majors, minors, and those interested in adding the program to their major/ minor., 2009-2010   

Service to the Profession

Professional Offices

Board Member, Southern California Academy of the Sciences, 10/2013-  

Professional Memberships

National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 2010  
The Oceanography Society, 2010  
American Geophysical Union, 2003-2010  
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2003-2010  
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