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Collin Eagles-Smith

I am a Research Ecologist with the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon. My research focuses on the interactions among ecological processes, contaminant bioaccumulation, and effects on wild populations. 

My work specifically focuses on (1) the ecological factors regulating contaminant bioaccumulation and trophic transfer, with an emphasis on food web processes and contaminant cycling, (2) land use practices and ecosystem restoration effects on contaminant cycling through food webs, and (3) the sublethal effects of contaminants on individuals and contaminant-induced impairment to reproduction in the wild. My research is broadly applied across taxa - primarily fish and waterbirds, and habitat types - including lakes, freshwater wetlands, agricultural fields, and estuarine habitats. 

Professional Experience

  • 2010-present: Supervisory Research Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR

  • 2007-2010: Wildlife Biologist, USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Davis, CA

  • 2003-2007: Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sacramento, CA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis, CA (2006)

  • B.S., Environmental Resource Sciences - Magna Cum Laude, University of California, Davis, CA (2000)

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