Paul W. Collins, M. A.
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA
Phone: 805-682-4711 ext. 154
Paul joined the Museum staff in 1973 as a research assistant-preparator, following receiving a BA degree in zoology from the UC Santa Barbara. In 1979 he returned to UC Santa Barbara where he completed an MA degree in zoology in 1982. He became Curator of the Vertebrate Zoology Department in 2001.
Paul is generalist who has conducted research on a wide variety of vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians) native to central and southern California. While his principal focus has been on the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of the California Channel Islands, he has also conducted focused field studies on the bats of central California, the endangered California Tiger Salamander, and on a variety of declining land birds found on Vandenberg AFB. He has studied the origin, evolution and diet of the island fox, the nesting season diet of Bald and Golden Eagles, the historic diet of the California Condor, the taxonomy of the Western Harvest Mouse, the paleoecology of the Island Scrub-Jay, and the conservation of declining endemic land birds of the Channel Islands. Paul is currently working on a book on the birds of the California Channel Islands.
Collins, P.W. 2009. Historic and Prehistoric Record for the Occurrence of Island Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma insularis) on the Northern Channel Islands, Santa Barbara County, California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 5.
Collins, P.W. & B.C. Latta. 2009. Food Habits of Nesting Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands, California. Pp. 255-268. In: Damiami, C. & D. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the Seventh California Islands Symposium, Oxnard, California, February 5-8, 2008. Institute for wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.
Collins, P.W., B.C. Latta, & G.W. Roemer. 2009. Does the order of invasive species removal matter? The case of the eagle and the pig. PLoS One 4(9):e7005. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007005.
Collins, P.W. 2006. Results of Surveys for California Tiger Salamanders (Ambystoma californiense) on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County, California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 4.
Collins, P.W. & B.C. Latta. 2006. Nesting Season Diet of Golden Eagles on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands, Santa Barbara County, California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 3.
Collins, P.W., D.A. Guthrie, T.C. Rick, & J.M. Erlandson. 2003. Food Habits of Bald Eagles that Nested Historically on San Miguel Island Based on Prey Remains Excavated from an Historic Nest Site. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 2.
Pierson, E.D., P.W. Collins, W.E. Rainey, P.A. Heady, & C.J. Corben. 2002. Distribution, Status and Habitat Associations of Bat Species on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County, California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 1.
Collins, P.W., N.F. Snyder, and S.D. Emslie. 2000. Faunal Remains in California Condor Nest Caves. Condor 102:222-227.
Collins, P.W. 1999. Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps). In: The Birds of North America, No. 472 (A. Poole and F. gill, eds.). The Birds of North America Inc., Philadelphia, PA. 28 pp.
Holmgren, M.A. & P.W. Collins (eds). 1999. Distribution and Habitat Associations of Six Special Concern Bird Species at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Barbara County, California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Monographs Number 1. Studies in Biodiversity Number 1.
Brylski, P.V., P.W. Collins, E.D. Pierson, W.E. Rainey, & T.E. Kucera. 1998. Mammal Species of Special Concern in California. Draft Final Report. Prepared for the California Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Management Division, Bird and Mammal Conservation Program, Sacramento, CA. Contract No. FG3146WM.
Moore, C.M. & P.W. Collins. 1995. Urocyon littoralis. Mammalian Species No. 489:1-7.
Collins, P.W. 1993. Taxonomic and Biogeographic Relationships of the Island fox (Urocyon littoralis) and Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) from Western North America. Pp. 351-390. In: Hochberg, F. G. (ed.), Third California Islands Symposium: Recent Advances in Research on the California Islands, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA.
Collins, P.W. 1991a. Interaction between Island Foxes (Urocyon littoralis) and Indians on Islands off the Coast of Southern California: I. Morphologic and Archaeological Evidence of Human Assisted Dispersal. J. Ethnobiology 11(1):51-81.
Collins, P.W. 1991b. Interaction between Island Foxes (Urocyon littoralis) and Native Americans on Islands off the Coast of Southern California: II. Ethnographic, Archaeological and Historical Evidence. J. Ethnobiology 11(2):205-229.
Wayne, R.K., S.B. George, D. Gilbert, P.W. Collins, S.D. Kovach, D. Girman, & N. Lehman. 1991. A morphologic and genetic study of the Island Fox, Urocyon littoralis. Evolution 45(8):1849-1868.
Collins, P.W., & S.B. George. 1990. Systematics and Taxonomy of Island and Mainland Populations of Western Harvest Mice (Reithrodontomys megalotis) in Southern California. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Contributions in Science No. 420:1-26.