Skip to main content

Collins, Sean

Sean Collins-Teaching Assistant Professor
304-293-3797 Agricultural Sciences Building 3111

Teaching Assistant Professor 

Sean Collins was grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southern Ohio. Always interested in the sciences, he went to college with the idea of becoming a medical doctor. After taking the first of many courses in ecology, he changed his plan of study to focus on the environment. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Marshall University, an M.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Watershed Resources also from Marshall, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. After graduate school, he lived outside of Boone, NC, teaching at a small liberal arts college for several years. In 2021, he returned to the Mountain State, accepting a position as a Teaching Assistant Professor within the Plant & Soil Sciences. Teaching in the Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences major, he teaches Elements of Environmental Protection, Freshwater Field Methods, and Environmental Impact Assessment. His research interests focus on stream processes and monitoring stream condition. Since arriving at WVU, he plans continue this line of research focusing on human impacts to streams (e.g., farming, mining, resource extraction). He also likes spending time outside hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, and skiing with his family.


1. Collins, S.E., S.F. Matter, I. Buffam, and J.E. Flotemersch. 2018. A patchy continuum? Stream processes show varied responses to patch- and continuum-based analyses. Ecosphere 9(11):e02481. 10.1002/ecs2.2481.

2. Thoms, M.C., M.D. Delong, J.E. Flotemersch, S.E. Collins. 2017. Physical heterogeneity and aquatic community function in river networks: A case study from the Kanawha River Basin, USA. Geomorphology. 290:277-287.

3. Collins, S.E., J.E. Flotemesrch, C.D. Swecker, and T.G. Jones. 2015. Effectiveness of a stream-restoration effort using natural material instream structures. Southeastern Naturalist. 14: 612-622.

4. Collins, S.E.¸ M.C. Thoms and J.E. Flotemersch. 2015. Hydrogeomorphic zones explain riverbed sediment patterns within a river network. River Systems. 21:203-213.

5. Collins, S.E. and J.E. Flotemersch. 2013. Evaluation of the sounding rod method for sampling coarse river-bed sediments in non-wadeable streams and rivers. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2697.