Meghan J. Collins

Assistant Research Scientist Environmental Science
Science communication, citizen science, education, STEM pipeline, workforce development, internships

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.

Publications & Presentations


Collins, M. J., McDonough, F., Juchtzer, J. W., Arienzo, M. M., Dean, J. (2019). Stories in the Snow: Crowd-Sourced Snow Crystal Images to Identify Tahoe Winter Cloud Structures, Annual Western Snow Conference: Reno, NV, April 16, 2019-April 18, 2019
Lambrecht, K., Hatchett, B. J., Walsh, L., Collins, M. J., Tolby, Z. (2019). Improving Visual Communication of Weather Forecasts with Rhetoric, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0186.1


Collins, M. J. (2018). Evaluation of the Faculty-Faculty Research Partnership Program, Desert Research Institute: Reno, NV, DRI Publication No. 71001.
Collins, M. J. (2018). Evaluation of the Force of Water – Terminal Watersheds program, Grant Report submitted to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.


Collins, M. J. (2017). Two-World Walking in STEM: A Reflection and Listening Session, Native Waters on Arid Lands--Tribal Education Forum, November 12, 2017
Collins, M. J. (2017). Faculty-Faculty Research Partnerships, First Americans Land Grant Consortium Conference, November 5, 2017
Collins, M. J., Grebliunas, B., Jasoni, R. L. (2017). STEM research as a means to a different end: How can research partnerships at TCUs serve as a channel for career readiness and community capacity building?, American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Professional Research presentation, September 23, 2017
Ramsey, B. A., Collins, M. J., Lutz, A. D., McCarthy, M. I. (2017). The Use of Traditional Knowledge in Increasing Community Resilience and Food Security, Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition: Prior Lake, Minnesota, September 17, 2017-September 20, 2017


Collins, M. J. (2016). Ecology and Cyberlearning: Inherent Paradox or Rich with Potential?, 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America: Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 11, 2016, Organizer of this oral session which featured ten speakers on the topic.
Collins, M. J., Arnone, J.A. III (2016). Broadening Access? K-12 Teacher Perceptions of Virtual Learning and a Pilot Virtual Lab Using Real Science Data from DRI's EcoCell Facility, 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America: Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 11, 2016
White, J., Collins, M. J. (2016). Disentangling Pedagogical Methods and Instructor Traits in Higher Education Geography Courses, Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers: San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2016-April 2, 2016



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