Mary B. Collins | Environmental Studies | SUNY-ESF
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Mary B. CollinsAssistant Professor

Mary Collins

113 Marshall Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

315-470-6538 | 315-470-6636
mbcollin@esf.edu

Education

Ph.D. 2012, Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

M.A. 2008, Applied Sociology, University of Central Florida

B.S. 2000, Sociology (Concentration in Analysis and Research), University of Wisconsin—Madison

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor 2015-pr, Department of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF

Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-15, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, University of Maryland

Postdoctoral Scholar 2012-13, UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests

From a sociological perspective, I am interested in the interdependence of social and ecological systems, particularly related to issues of equity and justice in the context of human health. Research topics include: theorizing the environment-society interface, environmental disproportionality at various spatial scales, environmental health inquality, environmental justice, technological environmental risk perception, collaborative dispute resolution in environmental disaster recovery and quantitative modeling methods.  The vast majority of my work relies on large data computational social science approaches. 

Publications

Robertson Galli, Anya* and Collins, Mary B. 2019. "Power Disproportionalities: Linking Emissions Extremes to Social Forces." Environmental Sociology. 5(1), pp.70-81.

Satterfield, Theresa, Collins, Mary B., and Harthorn, Barbara Herr, 2018. "Perceiving Resilience: Understanding People's Intuitions About the Qualities of Air, Water, and Soil." Ecology and Society. 23(4).

Hill, Dustin*, Collins, Mary B., Vidon, Elizabeth. 2018. "The Environment and Environmental Justice: Linking the Biophysical and the Social." Applied Geography. 95, pp.54-60.

Collins, Mary B. 2017. "Tee L. Guidotti. Health and sustainability: An introduction". Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 7 (3), 464-465

Collins, Mary B., Ian A. Munoz, and Joseph JaJa. 2016. "Linking 'Toxic Outliers' to Environmental Justice Communities Across the United States." Environmental Research Letters.11(1)

Collins, Mary B. and William R. Freudenburg. 2013. "Temporal Myopia: A Case of Promising New Technologies, the Federal Government, and Inherent Conflicts of Interest." in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy. Ed Susan Maret. Emerald Publishing Group

Freudenburg, William R. and Collins, Mary B. 2013. "Public Responses to Nanotechnology: Risks to the Social Fabric?" in The Social Life of Nanotechnology. Ed Barbara Herr Harthorn and John W. Mohr. Routledge.

Collins, Mary B. 2011. "Risk-Based Targeting: Identifying Disproportionalities In The Sources And Effects Of Industrial Pollution." American Journal of Public Health. 101(S1): S231-237.

 

* Student

Courses

Environmental Studies 696: Measuring Environmental Inequality, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry 

Environmental Studies 696: Synthesis of Social and Environmental Data, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental Studies 696: Environmental Studies Professional Seminar, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental Studies 797: Environmental Studies Proposal Writing Seminar, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Co-Instructor with David A. Sonnenfeld)

Environmental Studies 603: Research Methods and Design, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Co-Instructor with David A. Sonnenfeld)

Environmental Studies 496/696: Race, Class, & Environmental Justice, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental Health Science 350/550: Environmental Health Management, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Environmental Health Science 250/550: Foundations of Environmental Health, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Bayesian Modeling for Social and Ecological Scientists Taught at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

 

Funded Projects

 

The Center for Environmental Medicine and Informatics (PI: Mary Collins, Brian Leydet, Jaime Mirowsky, Roxanne Razavi, Lee Newman) Funded by the SUNY Discovery Challenge Competition

AI for Earth: Collaboration for the Reduction of Toxic Emissions in A Warming World (PI: Mary Collins) Microsoft AI for Earth Program 

Computational Environmental Justice Analysis (PIs: Mary Collins-SUNY ESF, Paul Mohai-University of Michigan, and Michael Ash-University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Funded by the NSF National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center at the University of Maryland

Egregious Polluters: A socially structured explanation of disproportionality in the production of pollution (PIs: Simone Pulver-University of California, Santa Barbara & Mary Collins-SUNY ESF) Funded by NSF Division of Social and Behavior Sciences: Science of Organizations

 


Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Dustin HillDustin Hill
dthill@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Collins
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institution: Le Moyne College (Environmental Studie)
  • Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (Environmental Studies)

Personal Statement
Dustin Hill is a PhD student in the GPES program of Environmental and Natural Resources Policy. His bachelor's degree was completed at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Dustin's background is in environmental policy and undergraduate research examinined hydraulic fracturing and its impact on the surface landscape. Dustin completed his M.S. in 2017 at SUNY ESF with research focusing on both the sources of industrial pollution and the impact on communities and the environment. Current research is being conducted with Mary B. Collins in the ES department examining point source pollution across multiple industrial sectors over time.

Research Interests
Industrial pollution; environmental inequalty; natural gas development; policy; corporate social responsibility


Michael PetroniMichael Petroni
mdpetron@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Collins
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Undergraduate Institution: St. Lawrence University

Jongdae SongJongdae Song
jsong24@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Collins and Sonnenfeld
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Previous Graduate Study: Korea University (Public Administrationn)

Doctoral Research Topic
In Search of Socially Acceptable Solution(s) for Air Pollution: Corporate Environmental Programs and Community Monitoring in South Korea

Areas of Interest
Environmental policy and governance; Social norm formation and change; Pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) information systems; Ozone trends and problems in South Korea

Journal articles

  • Song, Jong-dae & Kim, Doo-rae. 2016. "Corporate motivational types and the mediating effects of voluntary agreements: 30/50 program for chemical pollutant release reduction in Korea," Korean Public Administration Review 50(1): 109-137.
  • Kim, Doo-rae & Song, Jong-dae. 2014. "Mechanism of controls over bureaucracy in Asian countries: an empirical exploration for typology," Journal of Governmental Studies 20(2): 35-62.


Lauren TarrLauren Tarr
letarr@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Vidon and Collins,m
  • Area of Study: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy