Collin Lab

Curriculum Vitae

Rachel Collin

Rachel Collin

Positions Held

2007- present

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Faculty, Biology Department, University of Louisiana in Lafayette


Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, McGill University, Canada


STRI Staff Scientist / Director of Bocas del Toro Research Station, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.

Staff Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.



Ph.D, University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology. Thesis: Evolution of mode of development in Crepidula (Gastropoda: Calyptraeidae): Causes and consequences. Advisor: Barry Chernoff.


M.Sc. Department of Zoology, University of Washington. Thesis: Comparative Biology and Evolution of Gastropod Development. Advisor: Richard Strathmann.


Sc.B. Aquatic Biology, Brown University; Magna cum Laude and departmental honors. Undergraduate Honors Thesis: The size advantage hypothesis as a model for sex change in the common slipper shell (Crepidula fornicata). Advisor: Dr. Steve Gaines.

Research Grants

Editorial Boards

Current Collaborative Research


NESCent Developing an Integrative Algorithmic Method for Historical Biogeography Working Group.


Experimental approaches to the evolution of direct development in Crepidula dilatata. Collaborator: Dr. Oscar Chaparro, Universidad Austral de Chile.

Refereed Publications

See publications

Online Resources

Sequences Contributed to GenBank

Research Interests

Life history evolution in marine invertebrates, systematics, evolution of molluscs, conservation, functional morphology, paleobiology.

Professional Organizations

Conference/Meeting Organization


11th ICIRD meeting organizer, Panama City (approx. 100 participants)


Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP) meeting organizer