Dave Allen

I’m a Ph.D. student in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan working with John Vandermeer. I am interested in spatial patterns in ecological systems: how they form, and once formed how they affect ecological interactions. My work is both theoretical and empirical. From a theoretical perspective I want to understand how exogenous and endogenous processes interact to form spatial pattern. From the empirical perspective I study a forest with a spatially structured understory. This work takes 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, also 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 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
2077 Kraus Natural Science Building
830 North University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Email: dnallen@umich.edu

My CV is available here.