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

Mary Collins

215 Baker Lab
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

Office Hours: Thursday 11-12 and by appointment

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

  1. 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.   https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300120
  2. 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) https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/015004
  3. 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2018.04.007
  4. 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). https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-10637-230447
  5. Robertson Galli, Anya and Collins, Mary B. 2019. "Super Emitters in the United States Coal-Fired Electric Utility Industry: Comparing Disproportionate Emissions Across Facilities and Parent Companies" Environmental Sociology.  5(1), pp.70-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2018.1495045
  6. Hill, Dustin T., Vidon, Elizabeth S. and Collins, Mary B. 2019. "Public money and private interests: United States government contract awardees' contribution to industrial pollution production." Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, pp.1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-020-00614-9
  7. Collins, Mary B., Pulver, Simone, Hill, Dustin and Manski, Benjamin. 2020. "Characterizing disproportionality in facility-level toxic releases in US manufacturing, 1998-2012." Environmental Research Letters, 15(6), p.064002. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7393
  8. Petroni, Michael D.*, Hill, Dustin T.*, Younnes, Lylla, Barkman, Liesl*, Howard, Sarah*, Howell, I. Brielle*, Mirowsky, Jaime, and Collins, Mary B. 2020. "Hazardous Air Pollutant Exposure as a Contributing Factor to COVID-19 Mortality in the United States." Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abaf86
  9. Wang, Shiru, Green, Hyatt C., Wilder, Maxwell L., * Du, Qian, Kmush, Brittany L., Collins, Mary B., Larsen, David A., and Zeng, Teng. 2020. “High-Throughput Wastewater Analysis for Substance Use Assessment in Central New York during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts}. https://doi.org/10.1039/D0EM00377H
  10. Green, H., Wilder, M., Middleton, F.A., Collins, M., Fenty, A., Gentile, K., Kmush, B., Zeng, T. and Larsen, D.A., 2020. "Quantification of SARS-CoV-2 and cross-assembly phage (crAssphage) from wastewater to monitor coronavirus transmission within communities." medRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.21.20109181
  11. Petroni, Michael D. *, Sarah Howard*, I. Brielle Howell*, and Mary B. Collins. 2020. “NYenviroScreen: An Open Source Data Driven Method for Identifying Potential Environmental Justice Communities in New York State.” Earth and Space Science Open Archive. https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10504454.
  12. Hill, Dustin*, Petroni, Michael*, Larsen, David, Heffernan, Kevin, Atallah-Yunes, Nader, Parsons, Patrick, Collins, Mary B., and Gump, Brooks. 2020. "Linking modeled air pollution risk data from industrial emissions of Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), and Cadmium (Cd) and associated effects observed in children (age 9-11) blood biomarkers and intermediate cardio-vascular outcomes in Syracuse, NY" Environmental Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110557
  13. Charette, Amanda*, Collins, Mary B. Mirowsky, Jaime. 2021 "Assessing Residential Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Pollutant Releases using EPA's Toxic Release Inventory" Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-021-00664-7
  14. Maxwell Wilder*, Frank Middleton, David A Larsen, Qian Du, Ariana Fenty, Teng Zeng, Tabassum Insaf, Pruthvi Kilaru*, Mary Collins, Brittany Kmush, Hyatt Green. 2021 "Co-quantification of crAssphage increases confidence in wastewater-based epidemiology for SARS-CoV-2 in low prevalence areas." Water Research X https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wroa.2021.100100
  15. D. A. Larsen, M. B. Collins, Q. Du, D. Hill, T. Z. Insaf, P. Kilaru, B. L. Kmush, F. Middleton, A. Stamm, M. L. Wilder, T. Zeng, H. Green. 2021 "Coupling freedom from disease principles and early warning from wastewater surveillance to improve health security" medRxiv https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.06.11.21258797
  16. Petroni, Michael D. *, Sarah Howard*, I. Brielle Howell*, and Mary B. Collins. “NYenviroScreen: An Open Source Data Driven Method for Identifying Potential Environmental Justice Communities in New York State.” Environmental Science and Policy. (in revision)
  17. Dustin, Hill, Petroni, Michael, and Collins, Mary B. "Federal Contracting and Pollution Prevention: How award type affects adoption of source reduction techniques in four manufacturing sectors." Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability. (in revision)

* 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

Sarah HowardSarah Howard
showar01@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS in Environmental Science
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Collins

Lauren TarrLauren Tarr
letarr@syr.edu

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