Jamie Collins

Marine Biogeochemical Scientist


Areas of expertise:
Carbon and nutrient cycles in ocean ecosystems, carbon dioxide removal, natural climate solutions, blue carbon, climate change, Antarctic research, science and policy of oil spill and hazardous materials remediation

As a member of EDF’s oceans science team, Jamie asks fundamental questions about ocean carbon and nutrient cycles to uncover, quantify and operationalize nature-positive solutions for climate change and other environmental challenges. He leverages a unique background as an oceanographer, environmental policy practitioner and leader in government to translate complex science for EDF staff, external partners and government decisionmakers on issues ranging from carbon dioxide removal to sustainable fisheries management and the fate and transport of pollutants in marine and coastal ecosystems. 

He currently provides scientific expertise on ocean-based pathways for carbon dioxide removal as part of a broader EDF effort to evaluate the readiness of natural climate solutions throughout the Earth system.


Prior to joining EDF as a postdoctoral fellow, Jamie served as an ocean data scientist at the University of Washington and directed the emergency cleanup of oil and hazardous materials spills for the state of Oregon. He is an active duty U.S. Coast Guard veteran and currently serves as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. His scientific research on climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion has taken him to Antarctica three times, and he has spent more than 600 combined days at sea as a scientist and military officer.

Jamie is a Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has served as an adjunct professor in environmental science and emergency management at Portland State University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He is a member of the World Climate Research Programme’s Safe Landing Climates Working Group on anthropogenic perturbation of the global carbon cycle.


Ph.D., Chemical Oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography

M.E.Sc., Marine Biogeochemistry, Yale School of the Environment

B.A., Political Science, Yale College


Loomis, R., S. R. Cooley, J. R. Collins, S. Engler, and L. Suatoni. 2022. A code of conduct is imperative for ocean carbon dioxide removal research. Frontiers in Marine Science, in press. 

Bowman, J. S., B. A. S. Van Mooy, D. P. Lowenstein, H. F. Fredricks, C. M. Hansel, R. Gast, J. R. Collins, N. Couto, and H. W. Ducklow. 2021. Whole community metatranscriptomes and lipidomes reveal diverse responses among Antarctic phytoplankton to changing ice conditions. Frontiers in Marine Science 8: 593566; doi:10.3389/fmars.2021.593566.

Farnelid H., K. Turk-Kubo, H. Ploug, J. E. Ossolinski, J. R Collins, B. A. S. Van Mooy, and J. P. Zehr. 2019. Diverse diazotrophs are present on sinking particles in the N. Pacific Subtropical Gyre. The ISME Journal 13: 170-182; doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0259-x.

Becker, K. W., J. R. Collins, B. P. Durham, R. D. Groussman, A. E. White, H. F. Fredricks, J. E. Ossolinski, D. J. Repeta, P. Carini, E. V. Armbrust, and B. A. S. Van Mooy. 2018. Daily changes in phytoplankton lipidomes reveal mechanisms of energy storage in the open ocean. Nature Communications 9: 5179; doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07346-z.

Collins, J. R., H. F. Fredricks, J. S. Bowman, C. P. Ward, C. Moreno, K. Longnecker, A. Marchetti, C. M. Hansel, H. W. Ducklow, and B. A. S. Van Mooy. 2018. The molecular products and biogeochemical significance of lipid photooxidation in West Antarctic surface waters. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 232: 244–264; doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.04.030.

Collins, J. R., P. D. Fucile, G. McDonald, J. E. Ossolinski, R. G. Keil, J. R. Valdes, S. C. Doney, and B. A. S. Van Mooy. 2018. An autonomous, in situ light-dark bottle device for determining community respiration and net community production. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods 16: 323-338; doi:10.1002/lom3.10247.

Laber, C. P., J. E. Hunter, A. F. Carvalho, J. R. Collins, E. Hunter, B. Schieler, E. Boss, K. More, M. Frada, K. Thamatrakoln, C. Brown, C. M. L. Haramaty, J. E. Ossolinski, H. F. Fredricks, J. I. Nissimov, R. Gardella, U. Sheyn, Y. Lehahn, R. J. Chant, A. M. Martins, M. J. L. Coolen, A. Vardi, G. R. DiTullio, B. A. S. Van Mooy, and K. D. Bidle. 2018. Coccolithovirus facilitation of carbon export in the North Atlantic. Nature Microbiology 3: 537-547; doi:10.1038/s41564-018-0128-4

Fassbender, A. J., H. I. Palevsky, T. R. Martz, A. E. Ingalls, M. Gledhille, S. E. Fawcett. J. A. Brandes, L. I. Aluwihare, J. R. Collins and other participants of COME ABOARD and DISCO XXV. 2017. Perspectives on Chemical Oceanography in the 21st century: Participants of the COME ABOARD Meeting examine aspects of the field in the context of 40 years of DISCO. Marine Chemistry 196: 181-190; doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2017.09.002.

Collins, J. R., B. R. Edwards, H. F. Fredricks, and B. A. S. Van Mooy. 2016. LOBSTAHS: An adduct-based lipidomics strategy for discovery and identification of oxidative stress biomarkers. Analytical Chemistry 88: 7154-7162; doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.6b01260

Collins, J. R., B. R. Edwards, K. Thamatrakoln, J. E. Ossolinski, G. R. DiTullio, K. D. Bidle, S. C. Doney, and B. A. S. Van Mooy. 2015. The multiple fates of sinking particles in the North Atlantic Ocean. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29: 1471-1494; doi:10.1002/2014GB005037

Collins, J. R., P. A. Raymond, W. F. Bohlen, and M. M. Howard-Strobel. 2013. Estimates of new and total productivity in central Long Island Sound from in situ measurements of nitrate and dissolved oxygen. Estuaries and Coasts 36: 74-97; doi:10.1007/s12237-012-9560-5