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Paul Collins

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I am Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I have published research papers dealing with the food habits of California Condors, Bald Eagles, and Golden Eagles.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol  
Santa Barbara,  CA  93105  United States
Phone: (805) 682-4711 X 154 Fax: (805) 569-3170
Email: pcollins@sbnature2.org


   Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the food habits of raptors on the Channel Islands off the coast of southern California.

Species of Interest: 
  • California Condor
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle


   Publications

Newsome, S.D., P.W. Collins, T.C. Rick, D.A. Guthrie, J.M. Erlandson, and M.L. Fogel. 2011. Reply to Hudgens et al.: Bald eagles, no-analog ecological scenarios, and conservation strategies on the Channel Islands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(8):E26.        pdf

Newsome, S.D., P.W. Collins, T.C. Rick, D.A. Guthrie, J.M. Erlandson, and M.L. Fogel. 2010. Pleistocene to historic shifts in Bald Eagle diets on the Channel Islands, California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:9246-9251.        pdf

Collins, P.W., and B.C. Latta., 2009. Food habits of nesting Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) on Santa Cruz aqnd Santa Rosa Islands, California. Pp. 255268 in C.C. Damiani and D.K. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the 7th California Islands Symposium. Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.       pdf

Collins, P.W., B.C. Latta, and 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.       pdf

Daily, M., P.W. Collins, and B.C. Burd. 2009. Clarence Brockman Linton (18801925): Channel Islands entrepreneur, ornithological collector, and pioneer mariculturist. Pp. 99112 in C.C. Damiani and D.K. Garcelon (eds.), Proceedings of the 7th California Islands Symposium. Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.       pdf

Rick, T.C., C.R. Torben, J.M. Erlandson, R.L. Vellanoweth, T.J. Braje, P.W. Collins, D.A. Guthrie, and T.W. Stafford, Jr. 2009 Origins and antiquity of the Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) on California's Channel Islands. Quaternary Research 71:93-98.       pdf

Collins, P. W., and 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.       pdf

Erlandson, J. M., T. C. Rick, P. W. Collins, and D. A. Guthrie. 2006. Archaeological implications of a Bald Eagle nesting site at Ferrelo Point, San Miguel Island. Journal of Archaeological Science (2006):1-17.

Collins, P. W., D. A. Guthrie, T. C. R ick, and J. M. Erlandson. 2005. Analysis of prey remains excavated from an historic Bald Eagle nest site on San Miguel Island, California. Pp. 103-120. in D.K. Garcelon and C.A. Schwemm (eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth California Islands Symposium, Ventura, California, December 1-3, 2003 National Park Service Technical Publications CHIS-05-01, Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, CA.       pdf

Collins, P. W., D. A. Guthrie, T. C. Rick, and J. M. Erlandson. 2004. Food habits of Bald Eagles that nested historically at San Miguel Island based on prey remains excavated from an historic nest site. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Technical Reports No. 2.

Erlandson, J. M., T. C. Rick, P. Collins, D. Morris. 2003. Eagles, abalones, and pre-Clovis Middens on California's Channel Islands. Current Research in the Pleistocene 20(2003):14-16.

Collins, P. W., N. F. R. Snyder, and S. D. Emslie. 2000. Faunal remains in California Condor nest caves. Condor 102: 222-227.       pdf

Collins, P.W. 1993. Taxonomic and biogeographic relationships of the Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis) and Gray Fox (V. cinereoargenteus) from western North America. Pp. 351390 in F. G. Hochberg (ed.), Third California Islands Symposium: recent advances in research on the California Islands. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, CA.       pdf

Collins, P.W. 1991. 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. Journal of Ethnobiology 11(1):5181.

Collins, P.W. 1991. Interactions between Island Foxes (Urocyon littoralis) and Native Americans on islands off the coast of Southern California: II. Ethnographic, archaeological, and historical evidence. Journal of Ethnobiology 11:205-229.

Wayne, R.K., S.B. George, D. Gilbert, P.W. Collins, S.D. Kovach, D. Girman, and N. Lehman. 1991. A morphologic and genetic study of the Island Fox, Urocyon littoralis. Evolution 45:1849-1868.

Collins, P.W. 1982. Origin and differentiation of the Island Fox: a study of evolution in insular populations. M.A. thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Collins, P.W., C. Drost, and G.M. Fellers. 1986. Migratory status of Flammulated Owls in California, with recent records from the California Channel Islands. Western Birds 17:21-31.



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