Sean Collins
  • Sean Collins
  • Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.3193
  • Office: Bowman Building, Office 106A
  • Department: Academics


PhD, University of Cincinnati
MS, Marshall University
BS, Marshall University

Common Courses Taught

Tropical Biology

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

I am interested in exploring questions and problems related to stream ecology. Currently, I am completing projects related to my dissertation research and beginning new projects on the Elk River watershed in NC. Some of my past and present research focuses on biological monitoring which uses biological communities (e.g., fishes, macroinvertebrates) to gauge the overall condition of a stream. I also use several techniques including system metabolism and food web connections to understand how stream ecosystems function. New projects include stream-bank restoration in an effort to minimize sedimentation and freshwater mussel feeding rates to compare native and invasive species.  

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

Teaching in the Wildlife Biology program at Lees-McRae, I work closely with other faculty members to maintain a robust curriculum. I have developed new courses (including Freshwater Systems and Biological Data Analysis) and provide instruction in existing courses (such as General Zoology and Principles of Ecology). I also participate in several committees which provide oversight for areas such as the Stephenson Center for Appalachia, and I volunteer for on-campus events like Mountain Day of Service.  

Personal Interests

I am outgoing and adventurous! While an undergraduate at Marshall University, I was very active in the whitewater club. I also enjoy rock climbing, skiing, and hiking. Being in nature allows for incredible opportunities to study ecology and get hands-on experience; I try to take advantage of these opportunities as often as possible.