Ecology and conservation biology.

 
A young Grasshopper Sparrow surveys its hayfield habitat in central New Jersey.

A young Grasshopper Sparrow surveys its hayfield habitat in central New Jersey.

About me

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I’m an ecologist and conservation biologist, and currently a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Julie Lockwood’s lab at Rutgers University. My research is concerned with how and why animal populations change in time and space, especially as applied to the societal challenges of conservation and biological invasions. I study these problems with a mix of fieldwork, experiments, systems frameworks, and quantitative analysis. My postdoctoral work is concerned with optimal sampling design and novel applications of eDNA surveys for animal populations. Read more about my Research here →.

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my kids, hiking, skiing, camping, birding, botanizing, growing food, and playing music. I also like coding. See that section above for hopefully useful things related to my research and conservation data visualization.

A ‘meta-model’ showing potential causal relationships among factors affecting Grasshopper Sparrow populations. Icons in the figures are from  The Noun Project  (Anton, S. Demushkin, G. Furtado, Hamish, Humantech, P. Rozenberg).

A ‘meta-model’ showing potential causal relationships among factors affecting Grasshopper Sparrow populations. Icons in the figures are from The Noun Project (Anton, S. Demushkin, G. Furtado, Hamish, Humantech, P. Rozenberg).

 

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”

— G. Bernard Shaw, Playwright

 

Feel free to contact me with ideas or anything else! michael.allen@rutgers.edu