Nick Collins

Nicholas Collins

Associate Professor Emeritus
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Twitter: @ve3lim47


*not taking on graduate students


Responding to the fact that the world is much less orderly and more stochastic than we believe.

  1. Evaluating and explaining the difference between how much variance we believe we can explain in ecological/evolutionary studies and how much is actually explainable.
  2. The evolution of effect sizes.
  3. Managing false discovery rates in ecology and evolutionary biology
  4. Implementing Open Science initiatives in ecology and evolutionary biology.

Aquatic Ecology - freshwaters

  1. The utility of habitat characteristics in determining the growth and abundance of nearshore fishes.
  2. The importance of activity costs in determining fish growth differences among lakes.
  3. The effects of predation risk on activity patterns and habitat use by littoral fishes
  4. Facilitating warmwater temperature regimes for fish in shallow Great Lakes embayments.   




  • Murphy, S.C., Collins, N.C., and Doka, S.E.  2012.  Determinants of temperature in small coastal embayments of Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38 (4): 600-609
  • C.F. Purchase, N.C. Collins, G.E. Morgan, and B.J. Shuter.  2005.  Predicting life history traits of yellow perch Perca flavescens from environmental characteristics of lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134: 1369–1381.
  • Hinch, S.G. and N.C. Collins.  1993.  Relationships of littoral fish abundance to water chemistry and macrophyte variables in central Ontario lakes.  Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.  50 (9): 1870-1878.
  • Collins, N.C.  1989.  Daytime exposure to fish predation for littoral benthic organisms in unproductive lakes.  Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 46: 11-15.
  • Collins, N.C. (1980) Developmental responses to food limitation as indicators of environmental conditions for Ephydra cinerea Jones (Diptera) Ecology 61: 650‑661.