About Barbara Collins

Biology Professor Barbara Collins, Ph.D., began teaching at California Lutheran University (then California Lutheran College) in 1963.

A graduate of Bates College, the biologist received a master of arts at Smith College and then completed her master of science and doctorate at the University of Illinois. Dr. Collins’ main interests are botany and ecology. She loves teaching and enjoys leading field trips to the chaparral, deserts and mountains of Southern California. She teaches a summer course on the wildflowers of the Sierras, has extensively studied the flora of Southern California and has assisted in several environmental impact studies. In 2007 Dr. Collins was given the President's Award for Teaching Excellence.

The author of 10 textbooks, some of which are used at local colleges and universities, Collins and her husband, Lorence, a talented photographer, have traveled throughout the state – from the mountains, to the desert to the coast – identifying and cataloging plants.

Dr. Collins’ latest efforts include identifying and labeling plants on the CLU campus and the production of wildflower Web sites that include more than 3,000 photos of California plants indexed to common, scientific and family names.

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