Dave Allen

I am an ecologist interested in the feedback between spatial pattern and ecological interactions: how the spatial patterns of organisms can influence their ecological interactions and how ecological interactions can give rise to self-organized spatial pattern. I am a visting assistant professor in the biology department at Middlebury College.

In 2011 I recieved my Ph.D. from the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan working with John Vandermeer. My work was both theoretical and empirical. From a theoretical perspective I looked at how exogenous and endogenous processes interact to form spatial pattern. From the empirical perspective I studied a forest with a spatially structured understory. This work took place at the E.S. George Reserve, in Pinckney, MI.

I am a baseball fan and particularly enjoy thinking about the game from a statistical perspective. Baseball has a rich tradition of such analysis, but recently available pitch-tracking data has made a new type of analysis possible. I do this and write about it for two blogs.

My BA in Mathematics is from Vassar College and my MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan. I grew up in wonderful Springfield, Vermont — home of the Simpsons and to the oldest amateur telescope makers’ club in the United States.

Wrong Dave Allen? May I suggest J. David Allan, an ecologist at the University of Michigan. Or maybe the Irish comedian. Or maybe the getting-things-done guy.

If not, here is how you can contact me:

Department of Biology
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
Email: dallen@middlebury.edu

My CV is available here.