Craig Allen

Craig Allen

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Title Leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Address 423 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0984
Phone 402-472-0229
FAX 402-472-2722
E-mail callen3@unl.edu

Hi, my name is Craig Allen, and I am the leader of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research 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, and 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 and we now have a 10-year-old 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 Faculty Area(s)

Affiliations (index)

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

Resilience

10

Invasive Species

8

Adaptive Management

7

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Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Soil Eco Knowledge and Conservation Reserve Progam Management
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Hannah Birge
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 8/31/2016
Funding Level $9,900.00
Funding Source University of Minnesota - SARE

 
Grant Title Aquatic Nuisance Species (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/12/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Allison Zach
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $24,875.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Wind and Wildlife Project
Starting Date 8/21/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2016
Funding Level $142,894.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Building Better Soils for Birds
Starting Date 2/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Hannah Birge
Ending Date 1/31/2017
Funding Level $150,644.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Network Invasive Species Monitoring (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/3/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Decker, Karie
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $62,456.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Bat Movement and Landscapes (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/3/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Caroline Jezierski
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $43,067.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Bat Migration in Eastern Nebraska
Starting Date 3/3/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title River Otter Populations
Starting Date 4/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 2/28/2015
Funding Level $60,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Aquatic Nuisance Species (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/12/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $24,286.00
Funding Source U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/13/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Fritz, Sherilyn
Samal, Ashkok
Tomkins, Alan
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $649,860.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/13/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Fritz, Sherilyn
Samal, Ashkok
Tomkins, Alan
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $649,860.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Network Invasive Species Monitoring
Starting Date 5/3/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/30/2014
Funding Level $76,056.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Bat Movements Across Transforming Landscapes
Starting Date 5/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Caroline Jezierski
Ending Date 4/30/2016
Funding Level $162,715.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Understanding and Managing for Resilience in the Face of Global Change (additional funding)
Starting Date 3/19/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $30,400.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - GS

 
Grant Title Generation of Novelty in Complex Systems
Starting Date 1/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $25,000.00
Funding Source McDonnell Foundation

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/18/2012
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Fritz, Sherilyn
Samal, Ashok
Tomkins, Alan
Drew Tyre
Ending Date 7/31/2013
Funding Level $646,993.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Managing for Resilience
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 7/31/2013
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - GS

 
Grant Title Implementation of Nebraska Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan (additional funds)
Starting Date 10/12/2011
Principal Investigators
Karie Decker
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $22,395.00
Funding Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title Higher Diversity CRP Planting
Starting Date 4/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $26,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Aquatic Nuisance Species
Starting Date 10/12/2011
Principal Investigators
Karie Decker
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2015
Funding Level $7,466.00
Funding Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title US Geological Survey Missouri River Mitigation (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 3/31/2014
Funding Level $258,491.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title NE Science Partnership with the Great Plains Landscape Conservation Coop
Starting Date 3/29/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 9/30/2012
Funding Level $28,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Karie Decker
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $12,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/14/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Fritz, Sherilyn
Samal, Ashok
Tomkins, Alan
Drew Tyre
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $650,212.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Rain Water Basin Joint Venture
Starting Date 6/21/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/21/2014
Funding Level $150,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Nebraska Water Pollution Control (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 5/31/2014
Funding Level $96,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Starting Date 4/21/2011
Principal Investigators
Karie Decker
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Environmental Trust

 
Grant Title Monitoring, Mapping, Risk Assessment and Management of Invasive Species in Nebraska (additional funding)
Starting Date 1/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2011
Funding Level $51,794.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Wind and Wildlife Project
Starting Date 3/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 2/28/2014
Funding Level $394,360.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title River Otter Home Range (additional funding)
Starting Date 5/1/2006
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2010
Funding Level $3,100.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Scenarios of Climate Change and Land Use Change in Biological Invasions
Starting Date 8/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $30,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Nebraska Wetland Conditions Assessment (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 5/31/2014
Funding Level $338,250.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds (additional funding)
Starting Date 6/22/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Drew Tyre
Fritz, Sherilyn
Tomkins, Alan
Samal, Ashok
Ending Date 7/31/2011
Funding Level $649,126.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title NNLP: Research Inventory and Monitoring
Starting Date 5/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 7/30/2012
Funding Level $150,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Southeast Prairies BUL
Starting Date 7/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/30/2013
Funding Level $11,300.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title U.S. Geologic Service Missouri River Adapative Management (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Drew Tyre
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 4/30/2011
Funding Level $163,754.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title River Otter Home Range and Habitats Use Pilot Study (additional funding)
Starting Date 5/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2010
Funding Level $9,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Missouri River Mitigation
Starting Date 4/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 3/31/2011
Funding Level $129,245.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title IGERT: Resilience and Adaptive Governance in Stressed Watersheds
Starting Date 8/15/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
Drew Tyre
Fritz, Sherilyn
Tomkins, Alan
Drew Tyre
Samal, Ashok
Ending Date 8/14/2014
Funding Level $2,966,035.00
Funding Source National Science Foundation

 
Grant Title Missouri River Mitigation: Implementation of Amphibian Monitoring and Adaptive Management for Wetland Restoration Evaluation
Starting Date 4/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 3/31/2014
Funding Level $556,603.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey - USACE

 
Grant Title Adaptive Management of Prairie Remnants for Legacy Goals
Starting Date 3/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 2/28/2010
Funding Level $20,000.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Southeast Prairies BUL and Sandstone Prairies BUL Research
Starting Date 5/15/2008
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 6/30/2010
Funding Level $49,478.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Assessing Local and Regional Variability in Productivity and Fidelity of Grassland Birds on National Park Service Units in the Great Plains
Starting Date 6/1/2007
Principal Investigators
Larkin Powell
Co-PIs
Craig Allen
Ending Date 9/30/2010
Funding Level $95,572.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - GS

 
Grant Title River Otter Habitat Pilot Study
Starting Date 5/1/2006
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2009
Funding Level $22,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Adaptive Management for Nebraska Legacy Program Goals
Starting Date 9/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Ending Date 7/31/2012
Funding Level $200,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title River Otter Habitat Pilot Study
Starting Date 5/1/2006
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2010
Funding Level $22,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Monitoring, Mapping, Risk Assessment and Management of Invasive Species in Nebraska
Starting Date 1/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Craig Allen
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $350,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

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 499H Honors Thesis X X n/a
NRES 810 Landscape Ecology X HORT 812, NRES 810
NRES 896 Independent Study X X X X NRES 496
NRES 898 Special Topics: Foundations of Resilience X n/a
NRES 898 Special Topics in Natural Resources: Resilience Working Agricultural Landscapes X n/a
NRES 996 Research Other Than Thesis X X X X n/a