Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Michael AllenMichael Allen

Professor and Plant Pathologist;
Department Chair, Biology;
Director, Center for Conservation Biology

Mailing Address:

Plant Pathology and Microbiology  
University Lab Bldg   /209  
University of California  
Riverside, CA  92521

Phone: (951) 827-5494
Fax: (951) 827-4625
Email: mallen@ucr.edu



PhD 1980 University of Wyoming
MS 1977 University of Wyoming
BS 1974 Southwestern College, KS

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Conservation Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Biology and Ecology of Microbial-plant-soil Interactions

Awards / Honors:

2005  Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
1999  Chevron Conservation Award
1979  Mycological Society of American Graduate Fellowship
1974  Who's Who in American College and Universities

Research Summary:

My research is concentrated on understanding the effects of human activities on ecosystem biodiversity and functioning. As the human population expands, population centers emerge and shift, and resources are extracted and utilized. I have focused on three areas. First, I have undertaken efforts to describe the impacts of human activities on wildlands, from land disturbance, transportation, and agriculture to the changing global environment. Specifically, I have worked on documenting the spatial and temporal effects of perturbations on soil organisms and soil resources. In this context, I have focused on direct disturbance (such as mining, harvesting), elevated CO2, climate, and pollution. Second, I have worked to document how natural succession proceeds to learn lessons that can be applied in ecosystem restoration. This has entailed research on Mount St. Helens, Alaskan Glaciers, mines, roadways, and tropical forest management. We focused on utilizing spatial structure to enhance recovery of soil organisms, and, incorporating these organisms to stabilize natural fertility and soil structure. Specifically, we can use spatial variability and plant architecture to harvest wind-blown microbes, or create conditions on which animals will key in to enhance natural immigration and establishment of beneficial microorganisms. Finally, I have begun working on developing ways to bring ecological science into the decision-making process. I have worked on interagency efforts to incorporate ecosystem management approaches into environmental decisions at the federal level. More recently, I have worked with the County of Riverside and southern California regional agencies on multiple species habitat conservation (MSHCP) planning efforts.

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Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director