Lisa Collins earned her Ph.D. in earth sciences from USC with a focus on the cycling of carbon and silica in the Southern California Bight. She is currently a professor of geology at Santa Monica College where she teaches both lab and lecture courses for general geology and oceanography. She is active in the STEM program, teaching Science 10 and working with students interested in internships and individual research projects. Her current projects include an air quality monitoring experiment that measures particulate matter on campus and compares it to measurements on the Channel Islands. She currently holds the Drescher Chair of Excellence in Earth Science.