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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

Biology Chair's Office: Life Science Building 2745
Phone (951) 827-5901 or (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.

Recent publications (from 2012 forward):

Murphy-Marisal, M.L., C.W. Barrows and M.F. Allen 2015. Native Wildlife Use Of Highway Underpasses In A Desert Environment. DOI: Southwestern Naturalist 60: 340-348.

Allen, M.F. 2015. How oaks respond to water. pp 13-22 In Standiford, R. B.; Purcell, K. L., tech. cords. 2015. Proceedings of the seventh California oak symposium: managing oak woodlands in a dynamic world. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-251. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 579 p.

Hernandez, R.R., M.K. Hoffacker, M.L. Murphy-Mariscal, G. Wu and M.F. Allen. 2015. Solar energy development impacts on land-cover change and protected areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 112: 13579-14584.

Harmon, T.C., D. Dierick, N. Trahan, M.F. Allen, P Rundel, S. Oberbauer, L. Schwendenmann, and T.J. Zelikova. 2015. Low cost soil CO2 efflux and point concentration sensing systems for terrestrial ecology applications. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12426. 5p.

Allen, M.F. and K. Kitajima. 2014. Net primary production of ectomycorrhizas in a California forest. Fungal Ecology 10: 81-90.

Allen, M.F., C.W. Barrows, M.D. Bell, G.D. Jenerette, R.F. Johnson, and E.B. Allen. 2014. Threats to California's Desert Ecosystems. Fremontia 42: 3-8.

Allen, M.F., K. Kitajima, R.R. Hernandez. 2014. Mycorrhizae and global change. Pp. 37-59: in M. Tausz, N.E. Grulke (eds). Trees in a changing environment. Springer- Plant Sciences, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Droser, M.L., G.G. Gehling, M.E. Dzaugis, M.J. Kennedy, D. Rice, and M.F. Allen. 2014. A new Ediacaran fossil with a novel sediment displacive life habit. Journal of Paleontology 88: 145-151.

Hernandez, R.R., S.B. Easter, M.L. Murphy-Mariscal, F.T. Maestre, M. Tavassoli, E.B. Allen, C.W. Barrows, J. Belnap, R. Ochoa-Hueso, S. Ravi, and M.F. Allen. 2014. Environmental impacts of utility-scale solar energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 29: 766-779.

Bledsoe, C.S., M.F. Allen and D. Southworth. 2014. Beyond mutualism: Complex mycorrhizal interactions. U. Lüttge et al., (eds), Progress in Botany 75: DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-38797-5_10.

Kitajima, K., M.F. Allen and M.L. Goulden. 2013. Contribution of Hydraulically Lifted Deep Moisture to the Water Budget in a Southern California Mixed Forest. Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences 118: 1561-1572.

Allen, M.F. and K. Kitajima. 2013. In situ high frequency observations of mycorrhizas. New Phytologist 200: 222-228. doi: 10.1111/nph.12363. 7 pages.

Egerton-Warburton L.M., Querejeta J.I., Allen M.F. and Finkelman S.L . 2013. Mycorrhizal Fungi, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, Elsevier. 27-Sep-13 doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.05226-X.

Hernandez, R.R. and M.F. Allen. 2013. Diurnal patterns of productivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi revealed with the soil ecosystem observatory. New Phytologist 200: 547-557. Doi:10.1111/nph.12393.

Estrada-Medina, H., L.S. Santiago, R.C. Graham, M.F. Allen, J.J. Jiménez-Osornio. 2013. Source water, phenology and growth of two tropical dry forest tree species growing on shallow karst soils. Trees 27: 1297-1307. DOI 10.1007/s00468-013-0878-9.

Estrada-Medina, H., R.C. Graham, M.F. Allen, J.J. Jiménez-Osornio, and S. Robles-Casolco. 2013. The importance of limestone bedrock and dissolution karst features on tree root distribution in northern Yucatán, México. Plant and Soil 362:37-50. DOI 10.1007/s11104-012-1175-x.

Hernandez, R.R., M.S. Mayernik, M.L. Murphy-Mariscal, and M.F. Allen. 2012. Advanced technologies and data management practices in environmental science: Lessons from Academia. BioScience 62: 1067-1076. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.12.8.

Preston, K.L., R.A. Redak, M.F. Allen and J.T. Rotenberry. 2012. Changing Distribution Patterns of the Endangered Quino Checkerspot: Linking Local Extinction Patterns and Variable Habitat Relationships. Biological Conservation 152: 280-290. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2012.03.011.

Querejeta, J.I., L.M. Egerton-Warburton, I. Prieto, R. Vargas, and M.F. Allen. 2012. Changes in soil hyphal abundance and viability can alter the patterns of hydraulic redistribution by plant roots. Plant and Soil 355: 63-73. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-1080-8.

Ladwig, L.M., S.L. Collins, A.L. Swann, Y. Xia, M.F. Allen and E.B. Allen. 2012. Above- and belowground responses to nitrogen addition in a Chihuahuan desert grassland. Oecologia 169: 177-185. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2173-z.

Iverson, C.M., M.T. Murphy, M.F. Allen, J. Childs, D.M. Eissenstadt, E.A. Lilleskov, T.M. Sarjala, V.L. Sloan and P.E. Sullivan. 2012. Advancing the use of minirhizotrons in wetlands. Plant and Soil 352: 23-39. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-011-0953-1.

Courses taught:

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


Last updated 17 Mar. 2016