Meghan J. Collins
Meghan Collins joined DRI in June 2015. In her current position as Education Program Manager, she is working to expand experiential learning opportunities and translate the valuable results of DRI science to the public.
As part of her science communication efforts, Meghan co-hosts the Science Distilled lecture series in collaboration with the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. Meghan also leads citizen science programs including Stories in the Snow, in which community members share pictures of freshly-fallen snow crystals through a smartphone app called Citizen Science Tahoe. She has also been involved as an educator/science communicator in a range of other programs, including Native Waters on Arid Lands and the new microplastics research program at DRI.
Meghan's education and professional experience is interdisciplinary. Her undergraduate and Masters degrees are in environmental science, emphasizing international development and environmental policy. Her academic resume includes positions in ecological science, policy studies, and social science. She has taught environmental science as an adjunct faculty member in community colleges in both the US and New Zealand. Her professional experience includes policy, outreach, and education. Collins has experience in cross-cultural learning, having lived and worked in four countries across the globe.