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Beverly Collins

Associate Professor of Biology

Beverly Collins, associate professor in the Biology Department at Western Carolina University, is the autumn leaf color prognosticator for Western North Carolina, following in the steps of Dan Pittillo, professor emeritus, and Kathy Mathews, associate professor. Collins, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in botany at Rutgers University, has researched and written about forest and plant ecologies in many publications within her discipline since 2004. “From a scientific perspective, as a botanist and ecologist, I understand how many factors contribute to plant responses, such as leaf color change, and how variable and unpredictable the factors, such as weather, are,” she said in an article in WCU's faculty/staff newsletter about taking on the mantle of prophecy.

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