Collin Closek

Early Career Science Fellow

Specialties: Small-Scale Fisheries & Tech

Collin is an early career science fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. He works with center partners on ongoing eDNA projects. His primary project is with the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), a BOEM, NASA, and NOAA-funded project aimed at improving methods to assess biodiversity and health of marine environments. Collin and his team are working with MBARI and the University of South Florida to optimize molecular tools to measure both micro- and macro-organismal diversity in National Marine Sanctuaries, such as Monterey Bay and the Florida Keys.


Collin's research background includes using molecular and ecological methods to determine the health and physiological state of marine organisms. He completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of Georgia. His doctoral research focused on tropical coral diseases, reef health, and changes in associated microbial diversity. He began his doctoral studies in California at UC Merced and completed his Ph.D. at Penn State. After which, he was joint postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and the University of Maryland's Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology working on Sea Grant-funded projects to study oyster and abalone diseases in California. Collin is also an avid SCUBA diver. He has logged many recreational and scientific dives.