Battelle Hires Sharon Collinge to Lead NSF-Sponsored Natl Ecological Observation Network

Sharon Collinge

Battelle has appointed Sharon Collinge, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, as director and chief scientist of an ecological observation facility that the nonprofit company manages for the National Science Foundation.

She will lead the NSF-funded National Ecological Observatory Network that works to gather and shares open data meant to help the user community characterize and quantify ecological processes across the U.S., Battelle reported Wednesday.

“Sharon’s areas of expertise include leading large, complex and interdisciplinary environmental studies in addition to integrating research, teaching and community engagement,” said Rich Leonard, vice president of Battelle’s ecology unit.

Collinge served as director of the environmental studies program at CU-Boulder from 2012 to 2015.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in landscape ecology from Harvard University.

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