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Collins, Alan

Interim Director, School of Natural Resources 
Professor of Resource Economics and Management

Dr. Collins is Director and Professor in the Division of Resource Economics and Management. He teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in environmental and natural resource economics. Over his career, he has supervised the completion of 19 Ph.D. and 16 MS students. His research interests include economic and policy issues related to a wide range of environmental and natural resource topics including watershed management, water quality, energy, land, performance-based incentives and solid plus agricultural waste management.

He has received research grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Geological Survey, Mid-Atlantic Regional Water Program, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the Tennessee Valley Authority. His 123 publications include papers in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Ecological Economics, Energy Policy, Journal of Environmental Management, Review of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics , Risk Analysis, Water Resources and Economics, and Water Resources Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a M.S. in Range Resource Economics from Utah State University, and a B.S. in Agriculture from University of Arizona.


  1. Alzahrani, F. and A.R. Collins. 2022. “The Impact of Public Water Supply Unreliability on Residential Property Prices in Marion County, West Virginia.” Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 51(1).
  2. Ajanaku, B. and A.R. Collins. 2021. “Economic Growth and Deforestation in African Countries: Is the Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis Applicable?” Forest Policy and Economics. Vol 129 (August).
  3. Alzahrani, F, A.R. Collins, and E. Erfanian. 2020. “Water Quality Impact on Health Care Expenditures in the United States.” Water Resources and Economics. Vol. 32,
  4. Erfanian, E. and A. R. Collins. 2018. “Charges for Water and Access: What Explains the Differences among West Virginian Municipalities?” Water Economics and Policy. 4(4) DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X18500170.
  5. Collins, A.R. and K. Nkansah. 2015. “Divided Rights, Expanded Conflict: Split Estate Impacts on Surface Owner Perceptions of Shale Gas Drilling.’ Land Economics. 91(4): 688-703.
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