Professor Collins' research interests involve the application of molecular data to address systematic and evolutionary questions, particularly within the Mollusca.
"I am an evolutionary biologist interested in systematics and molecular evolution. I use molecular data such as DNA sequences and gene order, in combination with other organismal characteristics, to reconstruct the evolutionary history of lineages over time. In order to best use molecular data in phylogenetics, you need an understanding both of molecular evolutionary processes and methods of analysis. My work therefore centers on the study of molecular evolution and the methods of analysis of molecular data for phylogenetics. I am also very interested in the application of phylogenies to address a variety of biological questions."