Dr Katie Collins

Dr Katie Collins

Curator, Benthic Molluscs

Department: Earth Sciences
Division: ES Invertebrates and Plants Palaeobiology

Specialisms

CT scanning, Palaeontology, marine bivalves, marine molluscan fauna of New Zealand, shape analysis

Summary

I am a molluscan palaeobiologist specialising in the systematics, evolution, and morphological diversity of the Class Bivalvia. I have a taxonomic focus on the family Crassatellidae, and have particular expertise in the Cenozoic molluscan faunas of New Zealand. I am also generally interested in shape analysis (morphometrics) methods, including the geometry and measurement of spiral forms. I employ a combination of 2D and 3D imaging and characterisation, and descriptive analysis techniques.

At NHM I am responsible for the day-to-day curation of the fossil benthic molluscs - i.e. all molluscan classes excluding Cephalopoda.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD in Geology, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, 2009 - 2013

BSc (Hons) in Geology, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, 2007 - 2007

BSc in Geology and Biology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 2004 - 2006

Employment history

Academic

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago, Geosciences, USA, 2016 - 2019

Consulting curator, Mollusca, GNS Science, Paleontology, New Zealand, 2015 - 2016

Curator, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, New Zealand, 2009 - 2016

Memberships

Member, The Malacological Society of London, 2020 - on going.

Council member, Systematics Association, 2019 - on going.

Publications

Crouch NMA, Edie SM, Collins KS, Bieler R, Jablonski D (2021) Calibrating phylogenies assuming bifurcation or budding alters inferred macroevolutionary dynamics in a densely sampled phylogeny of bivalve families. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288 (1964) : doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2178

Womack TM, Crampton JS, Hannah MJ, Collins KS (2021) A positive relationship between functional redundancy and temperature in Cenozoic marine ecosystems. Science, 373 (6558) : 1027 - 1029. doi: 10.1126/science.abf8732

Clowes CD, Crampton JS, Bland KJ, Collins KS, Prebble JG, Raine JI, Strogen DP, Terezow MG, Womack T (2021) The New Zealand Fossil Record File: a unique database of biological history. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 64 (1) : 62 - 71. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2020.1799827

Collins KS, Klapaukh R, Crampton JS, Gazley MF, Schipper CI, Maksimenko A, Hines BR (2021) Going round the twist—an empirical analysis of shell coiling in helicospiral gastropods. Paleobiology, 1 - 18. doi: 10.1017/pab.2021.8

Collins KS, Hendriks ALH, Gazley MF (2019) Fossil kōura (Paranephrops ?planifrons White 1842) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae) from the Nukumaruan marginal-marine Hautotara Formation, southeastern Wairarapa. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 62 (1) : 143 - 146. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1527374

Collins KS, Edie SM, Gao T, Bieler R, Jablonski D (null) Spatial filters of function and phylogeny determine morphological disparity with latitude. PLOS ONE, 14 (8) : e0221490 - e0221490. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221490

Collins KS, Edie SM, Jablonski D (2019) Hinge and ecomorphology of Legumen Conrad, 1858 (Bivalvia, Veneridae), and the contraction of venerid morphospace following the end-Cretaceous extinction. Journal of Paleontology, 1 - 9. doi: 10.1017/jpa.2019.100

Hines BR, Gazley MF, Collins KS, Bland KJ, Crampton JS, Ventura GT (2019) Chemostratigraphic resolution of widespread reducing conditions in the southwest Pacific Ocean during the Late Paleocene. Chemical Geology, 504 : 236 - 252. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.11.020

Schumm M, Edie SM, Collins KS, Gomez-Bahamon V, Supriya K, White A, Price T, Jablonski D (2019) Common latitudinal gradients in functional richness and functional evenness across marine and terrestrial systems. Proceedings of the Royal Sociey B, 286 (1908) :

Edie SM, Huang S, Collins KS, Roy K, Jablonski D (2018) Loss of Biodiversity Dimensions through Shifting Climates and Ancient Mass Extinctions. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 58 (6) : 1179 - 1190. doi: 10.1093/icb/icy111

Bicknell RDC, Collins KS, Crundwell M, Hannah M, Crampton JS, Campione NE (2018) Evolutionary Transition in the Late Neogene Planktonic Foraminiferal Genus Truncorotalia. iScience, 8 : 295 - 303. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2018.09.013

Collins KS, Edie SM, Hunt G, Roy K, Jablonski D (2018) Extinction risk in extant marine species integrating palaeontological and biodistributional data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285 (1887) : 20181698 - 20181698. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1698

Sterk R, Gazley MF, Wood MP, Collins KS, Collis G (2018) Maximising the value of Portable XRF data in exploration: An example from Marirongoe, Mozambique. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 18 (2) : 142 - 154. doi: 10.1144/geochem2017-037

Swallow EJ, Wilson CJN, Myers ML, Wallace PJ, Collins KS, Smith EGC (2018) Evacuation of multiple magma bodies and the onset of caldera collapse in a supereruption, captured in glass and mineral compositions. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 173 (4) : doi: 10.1007/s00410-018-1459-0

Collins KS, Gazley MF (2017) Does my posterior look big in this? The effect of photographic distortion on morphometric analyses. Paleobiology, 43 (3) : 508 - 520. doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.48

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Neil HL, Smith EGC, Gazley MF, Hannah M (2016) Anchors and snorkels: heterochrony, development and form in functionally constrained fossil crassatellid bivalves. Paleobiology, 42 (2) : 305 - 316. doi: 10.1017/pab.2015.48

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Hannah M (2015) Stratocladistic analysis and taxonomic revision of the character-poor New Zealand crassatellid bivalves Spissatella and Eucrassatella. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 81 (1) : 104 - 123. doi: 10.1093/mollus/eyu076

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Hannah M (2013) Identification and independence: morphometrics of Cenozoic New Zealand Spissatella and Eucrassatella (Bivalvia, Crassatellidae). Paleobiology, 39 (4) : 525 - 537. doi: 10.1666/12048

Hollis CJ, Handley L, Crouch EM, Morgans HEG, Baker JA, Creech J, Collins KS, Gibbs SJ, Huber M, Schouten S, Zachos JC, Pancost RD (2009) Tropical sea temperatures in the high-latitude South Pacific during the Eocene. Geology, 37 (2) : 99 - 102. doi: 10.1130/g25200a.1

Courses taught

MSc: Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution

2/2021.

Introduction

Summary

I am a molluscan palaeobiologist specialising in the systematics, evolution, and morphological diversity of the Class Bivalvia. I have a taxonomic focus on the family Crassatellidae, and have particular expertise in the Cenozoic molluscan faunas of New Zealand. I am also generally interested in shape analysis (morphometrics) methods, including the geometry and measurement of spiral forms. I employ a combination of 2D and 3D imaging and characterisation, and descriptive analysis techniques.

At NHM I am responsible for the day-to-day curation of the fossil benthic molluscs - i.e. all molluscan classes excluding Cephalopoda.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD in Geology, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, 2009 - 2013

BSc (Hons) in Geology, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, 2007 - 2007

BSc in Geology and Biology, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, 2004 - 2006

Employment history

Academic

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago, Geosciences, USA, 2016 - 2019

Consulting curator, Mollusca, GNS Science, Paleontology, New Zealand, 2015 - 2016

Curator, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences, New Zealand, 2009 - 2016

Professional activities

Memberships

Member, The Malacological Society of London, 2020 - on going.

Council member, Systematics Association, 2019 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Crouch NMA, Edie SM, Collins KS, Bieler R, Jablonski D (2021) Calibrating phylogenies assuming bifurcation or budding alters inferred macroevolutionary dynamics in a densely sampled phylogeny of bivalve families. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288 (1964) : doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.2178

Womack TM, Crampton JS, Hannah MJ, Collins KS (2021) A positive relationship between functional redundancy and temperature in Cenozoic marine ecosystems. Science, 373 (6558) : 1027 - 1029. doi: 10.1126/science.abf8732

Clowes CD, Crampton JS, Bland KJ, Collins KS, Prebble JG, Raine JI, Strogen DP, Terezow MG, Womack T (2021) The New Zealand Fossil Record File: a unique database of biological history. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 64 (1) : 62 - 71. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2020.1799827

Collins KS, Klapaukh R, Crampton JS, Gazley MF, Schipper CI, Maksimenko A, Hines BR (2021) Going round the twist—an empirical analysis of shell coiling in helicospiral gastropods. Paleobiology, 1 - 18. doi: 10.1017/pab.2021.8

Collins KS, Hendriks ALH, Gazley MF (2019) Fossil kōura (Paranephrops ?planifrons White 1842) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae) from the Nukumaruan marginal-marine Hautotara Formation, southeastern Wairarapa. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 62 (1) : 143 - 146. doi: 10.1080/00288306.2018.1527374

Collins KS, Edie SM, Gao T, Bieler R, Jablonski D (null) Spatial filters of function and phylogeny determine morphological disparity with latitude. PLOS ONE, 14 (8) : e0221490 - e0221490. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0221490

Collins KS, Edie SM, Jablonski D (2019) Hinge and ecomorphology of Legumen Conrad, 1858 (Bivalvia, Veneridae), and the contraction of venerid morphospace following the end-Cretaceous extinction. Journal of Paleontology, 1 - 9. doi: 10.1017/jpa.2019.100

Hines BR, Gazley MF, Collins KS, Bland KJ, Crampton JS, Ventura GT (2019) Chemostratigraphic resolution of widespread reducing conditions in the southwest Pacific Ocean during the Late Paleocene. Chemical Geology, 504 : 236 - 252. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.11.020

Schumm M, Edie SM, Collins KS, Gomez-Bahamon V, Supriya K, White A, Price T, Jablonski D (2019) Common latitudinal gradients in functional richness and functional evenness across marine and terrestrial systems. Proceedings of the Royal Sociey B, 286 (1908) :

Edie SM, Huang S, Collins KS, Roy K, Jablonski D (2018) Loss of Biodiversity Dimensions through Shifting Climates and Ancient Mass Extinctions. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 58 (6) : 1179 - 1190. doi: 10.1093/icb/icy111

Bicknell RDC, Collins KS, Crundwell M, Hannah M, Crampton JS, Campione NE (2018) Evolutionary Transition in the Late Neogene Planktonic Foraminiferal Genus Truncorotalia. iScience, 8 : 295 - 303. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2018.09.013

Collins KS, Edie SM, Hunt G, Roy K, Jablonski D (2018) Extinction risk in extant marine species integrating palaeontological and biodistributional data. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285 (1887) : 20181698 - 20181698. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1698

Sterk R, Gazley MF, Wood MP, Collins KS, Collis G (2018) Maximising the value of Portable XRF data in exploration: An example from Marirongoe, Mozambique. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 18 (2) : 142 - 154. doi: 10.1144/geochem2017-037

Swallow EJ, Wilson CJN, Myers ML, Wallace PJ, Collins KS, Smith EGC (2018) Evacuation of multiple magma bodies and the onset of caldera collapse in a supereruption, captured in glass and mineral compositions. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 173 (4) : doi: 10.1007/s00410-018-1459-0

Collins KS, Gazley MF (2017) Does my posterior look big in this? The effect of photographic distortion on morphometric analyses. Paleobiology, 43 (3) : 508 - 520. doi: 10.1017/pab.2016.48

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Neil HL, Smith EGC, Gazley MF, Hannah M (2016) Anchors and snorkels: heterochrony, development and form in functionally constrained fossil crassatellid bivalves. Paleobiology, 42 (2) : 305 - 316. doi: 10.1017/pab.2015.48

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Hannah M (2015) Stratocladistic analysis and taxonomic revision of the character-poor New Zealand crassatellid bivalves Spissatella and Eucrassatella. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 81 (1) : 104 - 123. doi: 10.1093/mollus/eyu076

Collins KS, Crampton JS, Hannah M (2013) Identification and independence: morphometrics of Cenozoic New Zealand Spissatella and Eucrassatella (Bivalvia, Crassatellidae). Paleobiology, 39 (4) : 525 - 537. doi: 10.1666/12048

Hollis CJ, Handley L, Crouch EM, Morgans HEG, Baker JA, Creech J, Collins KS, Gibbs SJ, Huber M, Schouten S, Zachos JC, Pancost RD (2009) Tropical sea temperatures in the high-latitude South Pacific during the Eocene. Geology, 37 (2) : 99 - 102. doi: 10.1130/g25200a.1

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: Taxonomy, Biodiversity and Evolution

2/2021.