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Dan Allen

Daniel C. Allen

Assistant Professor of Biology

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
B.A., Macalester College
405-325-4392 (Phone)
405-325-6202 (Fax)
SH 308D

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In our lab we study the relationship between ecosystem structure and function, and we explore how this relationship changes over space and time.  We work in stream and riparian ecosystems across the southern US, we have field sites from Arizona to Alabama. We use stable isotopes in much of our work to track the movement of resources and organisms between ecosystems and across space. Our work is important because many of our most pressing environmental problems are caused by joint changes in ecological and physical processes, demanding an understanding of how ecology, climate, hydrology, and geomorphology are related. If you are interested in our work or are interested in joining us, please contact me. For more information about us, go to

Recent Publications

  • Shumilova, O, et al. (D. C. Allen 9th of 77 authors). 2019. Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter. Global Change Biology. link
  • Tiegs S. et al. (D. Allen 12th of 151 authors). 2019. Global ecosystem functioning gauged through crowdsourcing. Science Advances. 5(1):eeav0486. link
  • Marshall, J. C., V. Acuña, D. C. Allen, N. Bonada, A.J. Boulton, S. M. Carlson, C. N. Dahm, T. Datry, C. Leigh, P. Negus, J. S. Richardson, S. Sabater, R. J. Stevenson, A. L. Steward, R. Stubbington, K. Tockner, R. Vander Vorste. 2018. Protecting U.S. temporary waterways. Science. 361: 856. link
  • Datry, T. et al. (D. Allen 13th of 94 authors). 2018.A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience. 11: 497–503. link
  • Rodriguez Rodriguez, M, D. A. Kopp, D. C. Allen, and Y. Kang. 2018. Dynamical implications of bi-directional resource exchange within a meta-ecosystem. Mathematical Biosciences. 301: 167-184. link
  • Allen, D. C., T. Wynn-Thompson, D. A. Kopp and B. J. Cardinale.  2018. Riparian plant biodiversity reduces stream channel migration rates in 3 rivers in Michigan, USA. Ecohydrology. 11: e1972. link
  • Andrade, R., H. L. Bateman, J. Franklin, and D. C. Allen. 2018. Waterbird community composition, abundance, and diversity along an urban gradient. Landscape and Urban Planning. 170: 103-111. link
  • Hornbach, D. J., D. C. Allen, M. C. Hove, and K. R. MacGregor. 2018. Long-term decline of native freshwater mussel assemblages in a federally protected US river. Freshwater Biology. 63: 243-263. link
  • Atkinson, C. A., D. C. Allen, L. Davis, and Z. L. Nickerson. 2018. Incorporating ecogeomorphic feedbacks to better understand resiliency in streams: a review and directions forward. Geomorphology. 305: 123-140. link
  • Allen, D. C. and J. S. Wesner. 2016. Synthesis: comparing effects of resource and consumer fluxes into recipient food webs using meta-analysis.  Ecology. 97: 594-604. link