Company, leadership and expertise

Summit to Sea Solutions, LLC, is a multidisciplinary advisory practice that specializes in natural climate solutions, climate resilience and mitigation and incident management & preparedness.

S2S is led by company founder Jamie Collins. In developing solutions for clients, Jamie draws on experience as both an earth scientist and seasoned leader and executive, giving him a unique ability to deliver specific, actionable recommendations.

Jamie's academic credentials include a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a master's degree in environmental science from the Yale School of the Environment and an undergraduate degree from Yale College. He earned an EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship while at M.I.T. and later served as a Moore/Sloan & Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Science at the University of Washington.

Jamie is a Marine Biogeochemical Scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and previously served as an Oregon state official in charge of oil spill and hazardous materials response. He has also served as part-time adjunct professor in the Environmental Science and Management program at Portland State University and as a lecturer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

As an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, Jamie has served in leadership roles as a responder to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria. During the Deepwater spill, Jamie served as director of an interagency team whose mission was to find and identify residual oil that had accumulated beneath the ocean's surface in the coastal waters of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Most recently, Jamie served as the Coast Guard's COVID-19 liaison to the Defense Department in Hawaii, coordinating all pandemic support to U.S. states and territories in the Pacific. He holds several national-level, Type 1 and 2 Incident Command System credentials for the management of complex disasters and he is a graduate of the National Defense University.

Jamie is a licensed merchant mariner (master, 100 tons, near coastal, with assistance towing endorsement) and a certified Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer and team leader. He maintains a 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER certification and has completed American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 training.

Jamie's scientific research as a climate scientist and oceanographer has taken him to Antarctica (three times) and throughout the world's oceans on various research vessels, where he has personally observed and studied the effects of a changing climate on dozens of different marine ecosystems. Jamie specializes in the development of technologies ranging from autonomous marine instrumentation to custom software for discovery of patterns and new insights in massive environmental data sets.