Craig Allen

Craig Allen

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Title Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit
Address 423 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-0229
FAX 402-472-2722

Hi, my name is Craig Allen, and I am the leader of the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.

Prior to coming to UNL in July 2004, I was leader (2002 - 2004) and assistant leader (1998-2001) of the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Clemson University. I held a non-tenure track faculty position in the zoology department at the University of Florida before that.

I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, but was born in Berkeley, California. I spent three years in Southhampton and Oxford in England; and Katwijk Aan Zee in the Netherlands. For a period in Wisconsin, I ran a chimney sweeping company with two partners, but I try to keep away from roofs today.

Professionally, I am most interested in understanding the links between land use or land cover change, biological invasions and extinctions. I conduct both applied and theoretical research on the impacts and predictions of invasions, and hope to continue a focus on invasive species in Nebraska, using empirical, experimental and spatial tools. I am also interested in how invasions can affect the resilience of ecosystems and other complex systems. I also sit on the Board of Directors for the Resilience Alliance.

Craig Allen

On a personal note, I am married to my wife Patty who I met during biology class in Green Bay a we have a son. After 14 years in the South, Patty and I are not so eager to shovel snow, but we are happy to be back in the Midwest. We enjoy travel and the outdoors.

Selected Publications

Gunderson, L., C. R. Allen and C. S. Holling. 2009. Foundations of Resilience. Island Press, New York, NY. ~311pp.
Allen, C. R. Predictors of introduction success in the South Florida avifauna. 2006. Biological Invasions 8: 491-500.
Allen, C. R., A. Garmestani, T. Havlicek, P. Marquet, G. D. Peterson, C. Restrepo, C. Stow, and B. Weeks. 2006. Patterns in body mass distributions: sifting among alternative competing hypotheses. Ecology Letters 9: 630-643.
Holling, C. S., and C. R. Allen. 2002. Adaptive inference for distinguishing credible from incredible patterns in nature. Ecosystems 5:319-328.
Allen, C. R., L. G. Pearlstine, and W. M. Kitchens. 2001. Modeling viable mammal populations in gap analyses. Biological Conservation 99:135-144.
Zettler, J. A., T. P. Spira, and C. R. Allen. 2001. Ant-seed mutualisms: can fire ants sour the relationship? Biological Conservation 101:249-253.
Allen, C. R., E. A. Forys, and C. S. Holling. 1999. Body mass patterns predict invasions and extinctions in transforming landscapes. Ecosystems 2:114-121.
Peterson, G., C. R. Allen, and C. S. Holling. 1998. Ecological resilience, biodiversity and scale. Ecosystems 1:6-18.
Allen, C. R., R. Scott Lutz, and Stephen Demarais. 1995. Red imported fire ant impacts on northern bobwhite populations. Ecological Applications 5:632-638.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, Biology (1989)
  • MS - Texas Tech University, Wildlife Science (1993)
  • PhD - University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology (1997)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

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Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Cooperative research unit, fish and wildlife; Biological invasions; Spatial ecology; Resilience of the ecosystem; Fish and Wildlife research unit/graduate education; Ecology; Ecosystems ecology/resilience; Invasive species/invasion ecology

SNR Areas of Expertise

Keyword Expert Level

10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest



Invasive Species


Adaptive Management


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Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Adaptive Management
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 810 Landscape Ecology X HORT 812, NRES 810
NRES 896 Independent Study X X X X X NRES 496
NRES 898 Special Topics in Natural Resources: Resilience Working Agricultural Landscapes X n/a
NRES 898 Special Topics: Foundations of Resilience n/a
NRES 996 Research Other Than Thesis X X X X X n/a