Renee has a dual appointment as a Coastal Climate Resilience Specialist with Mississippi State University and Sea Grant. Focused on sea-level rise, Renee facilitates the flow of information between researchers and decision-makers to improve science application. As the lead of the Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise, she integrates a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies to build tools, programs, and projects to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico. She has collaborated on projects and efforts that have improved coastal community and environmental resilience and has led the development of tools that have been applied throughout the Gulf and across the United States. She is a recognized leader in resilience across the Gulf of Mexico.
Collini splits time between Dauphin Island, Alabama, and Vancleave, Mississippi, with her husband and dog. She enjoys enjoys spearfishing, hiking, and beach-going. She holds a Master of Science in Marine Science from the University of South Alabama and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Mississippi State University.
Her GCOOS board term expires in Fall 2024.