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Curriculum Vitae

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R. Eric Collins, PhD

Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Arctic Marine Microbial Ecosystem Services
Centre for Earth Observation Science & Department of Environment and Geography
Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
University of Manitoba

Education and Research Experience

Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Arctic Marine Microbial Ecosystem Services, Assistant Professor of Environment and Geography, University of Manitoba (2019–)

Arctic Marine Microbial Ecosystem Services: I use long-read sequencing technologies and community based monitoring approaches to build local capacity for understanding the roles that microbes play in supporting and maintaining the health of people and communities.

Assistant Professor of Biological Oceanography, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2013–2019)

Arctic Microbial Communities: I combined Arctic field work with next-generation sequencing techniques to explore the diversity, function, and evolution of microorganisms in ice and ice-covered oceans.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrobiology, McGill University (2012–2013)

Early Earth Genomics: I used phylogenomic methods to search for genes specifically asso-
ciated with sulfur isotope fractionation by sulfate reducing bacteria. PI: Dr. Boswell Wing

Postdoctoral Fellow in Astrobiology, McMaster University (2009–2012)

Genome Evolution: I researched the evolution of microbes by comparative genomics and mathematical modeling. PIs: Dr. Paul Higgs, Dr. Greg Slater

Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, University of Washington (September 2009)

Microbial Evolution In Sea Ice—Communities To Genes: I investigated the diversity
of Bacterial and Archaeal communities in winter sea ice. Advisor: Dr. Jody W. Deming

Certificate in Astrobiology, University of Washington (2009)

In vitro microsensor measurements of AOM: I used microsensors to measure the rate of anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in microbial mats from the Black Sea. Advisors: Dr. Dirk de Beer (MPI-Bremen), Dr. Antje Boetius (MPI-Bremen)

M.S. Biological Oceanography, University of Washington (2006)

Microbial persistence over an Arctic winter season: I investigated the abundances of bacteria, particles, and particulate extracellular polymeric substances (pEPS) in Arctic winter sea ice. Advisor: Dr. Jody W. Deming

B.S. Biochemistry with Honors, Washington State University (2002)