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  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Michael Allen


Professor of Plant Pathology and Professor and Chair of Biology
Director, Center for Conservation Biology
Office: University Lab Building 209
Phone (951) 827-5494


Degree: Ph.D., University of Wyoming , 1980

Dr. Allen's Lab Webpage

My interests focus on the regulation of community and ecosystem processes by soil organisms with special emphasis on mycorrhizal fungi.  My current research concentrates on global change dynamics and structure of undisturbed areas, and how that information can be utilized in the conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.

Representative publications:

Hernandez, R.R., M.S. Mayernik, M.L. Murphy-Mariscal, and M.F. Allen. 2012 In press. Advanced technologies and data management practices in environmental science: Lessons from Academia. BioScience.

Kitajima, K., K.E. Anderson, and M.F. Allen. 2010. Effect of soil temperature and soil water content on fine root turnover rate in a California mixed-conifer ecosystem. Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences. 115: G04032. 12 pages.

Hasselquist N.J., R. Vargas, and M.F. Allen. 2010. Using soil sensing technology to examine interactions and controls between ectomycorrhizal growth and environmental factors on soil CO2 dynamics. Plant and Soil 331: 17-29.

Vargas, R., S.E. Trumbore, and M.F. Allen. 2009. Evidence of old carbon used to grow new fine roots in a tropical forest. New Phytologist 182: 710-718.

Preston, K.L., J.T. Rotenberry, R.A. Redak, and M.F. Allen. 2008. Habitat shifts of endangered species under altered climate conditions: importance of biotic interactions. Global Change Biology 14: 2501-2515.

Allen, M.F., R. Vargas, E. Graham, W Swenson, M. Hamilton, M. Taggart, T.C. Harmon, A Ratko, P Rundel, B. Fulkerson, and D. Estrin. 2007. Soil sensor technology: Life within a pixel. BioScience 57: 859-867.

Allen, M.F., J.N. Klironomos, K.K. Treseder, and W.C. Oechel. 2005. Responses of soil biota to elevated CO2 in a chaparral ecosystem. Ecological Applications.15: 1701-1711.

Klironomos, J.N., M.F. Allen, M.C. Rillig, J. Piotrowski, S. Makvandi-Nejad, B.E. Wolfe, and J.R. Powell. 2005. Abrupt rise in atmospheric CO2 overestimates community response in a model plant-soil system. Nature (London) 433: 621-624.

Treseder, K.K., C.A. Masiello, J.L. Lansing, and M.F. Allen. 2004. Species-specific measurements of ectomycorrhizal turnover under N-fertilization: Combining isotopic and genetic approaches. Oecologia 138: 419-425.

Allen, M.F., W. Swenson, J.I. Querejeta, L.M. Egerton-Warburton, and K.K. Treseder. 2003. Ecology of mycorrhizae: A conceptual framework for complex interactions among plants and fungi. Annual Review of Phytopathology 41: 271-303.

Querejeta, J. I., L. Egerton-Warburton and M. F. Allen. 2003. Direct nocturnal water transfer from oaks to their mycorrhizal symbionts during severe soil drying. Oecologia 134: 55-64.

Treseder, K.K. and M.F. Allen. 2000. Mycorrhizal fungi have a potential role in soil carbon storage under elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition. New Phytologist 147: 189-200.

Rillig, M.C., S.F. Wright, M.F. Allen and C.B. Field. 1999. Rise in carbon dioxide changes soil structure. Nature 400: 628.

Allen, M.F. and E.B. Allen.1990. Carbon source of VA mycorrhizal fungi associated with Chenopodiaceae from a semi-arid steppe. Ecology 71: 2019-2021.

Caldwell, M.M., D.M. Eissenstat, J.H. Richards, & M.F. Allen. 1985. Competition for phosphorus: differential uptake from dual-isotope-labeled interspaces between shrub and grass. Science 229:384-386.

Courses taught:

  • Biology 116 Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Biology 166 Conservation Ecology
  • Biology 212 Ecological Systems in Space and Time


Last updated 5 Nov. 2012