Dr. Micheal Allen
Mike Allen is a professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Science in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. His research has focused on population dynamics and ecology of fishes. He uses field studies and computer models to explore population dynamics of fishes that support important recreational fisheries. He has evaluated habitat requirements for fish populations, and identified fisheries management strategies for recreational fisheries in lakes, reservoirs, and marine environments.
Allen received his BS degree from Texas A&M in 1990, his MS from Auburn University in 1992, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State in 1996. He spent a year teaching at Auburn before joining the University of Florida (UF) faculty in 1997. At UF, he teaches graduate courses entitled “Fish Population Dynamics” and “Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms“. Allen has had 25 MS students and eight Ph.D. students under his direction thus far at UF.
He has published over 120 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and co-edited three books. Over the past five years he has worked internationally with research projects addressing fisheries management issues Guatemala and Australia. He served as President of the Southern Division American Fisheries Society in 2013, and was given the Award of Excellence by the Fisheries Management Section of AFS in 2011.
Dr. Allen was appointed Director of the Nature Coast Biological Station in 2015, and he is working to build the research, outreach, and teaching programs to improve conservation and management of natural resources in this region.