My research program centers on the role of landscape spatial heterogeneity in shaping ecological processes, including responses of individual organisms, populations, and communities to spatial variation in landscape structure. My work integrates theories and methods of conservation biology, restoration ecology, and landscape ecology to examine ecological consequences of spatial structure in landscapes under varying degrees of human influence. In my laboratory, we primarily conduct independent and integrated research related to two major projects: 1) spatial aspects of vernal pool ecology and restoration, and 2) landscape change and disease dynamics in grassland ecosystems
Collinge, S.K., C. Ray, and F. Gerhardt. In press. Long-term data on vernal pool plant communities reveal formerly cryptic effects of biotic resistance to exotic species invasion. Ecological Applications.
Brinkerhoff, R. Jory, A.P. Martin, R.T. Jones, and S.K. Collinge. 2011. Population genetic structure of the prairie dog flea and plague vector, Oropsylla hirsuta. Parasitology 138:71-79.
Cully, J.F., Jr., S.K. Collinge, W.C. Johnson, C. Ray, B. Thiagarajan, D.B. Conlin, and B. Holmes. 2010. Spatial variation in keystone effects: small mammal diversity associated with black-tailed prairie dog colonies. Ecography 33:667-677.
Cully, J.F., Jr., T.L. Johnson, S.K. Collinge, and C. Ray. 2010. Disease limits populations: plague and black-tailed prairie dogs. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 10(1):7-15.
Brinkerhoff, R.J., S.K. Collinge, C. Ray, and KL. Gage. 2010. Rodent and flea abundance fail to predict a plague epizootic in black-tailed prairie dogs. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 10(1):47-52.
Collinge, S.K. and C. Ray. 2009. Transient patterns in the assembly of vernal pool plant communities. Ecology 90(12):3313-3323.