Dr. Michael Allen is a professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and the Director of the Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) at the University of Florida. His research has focused on population dynamics and ecology of fishes. 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. He teaches graduate courses entitled "Fish Population Dynamics" and "Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms".
Allen 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 in Guatemala and Australia. He served as President of the Southern Division American Fisheries Society (AFS) 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.