Allen, Mike

Professor, Freshwater Fisheries & Ecology

Mike Allen is a professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Science in the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences at the University of Florida. His research has focused on population dynamics and ecology of fishes. He uses field studies and computer models to explore population dynamics of fishes that support important recreational fisheries. He has evaluated habitat requirements for fish populations, and identified fisheries management strategies for recreational fisheries in lakes, reservoirs, and marine environments.


FAS 6337C Fish Population Dynamics
FAS 5276C Field Ecology of Aquatic Organisms

Mike is a fisheries scientist whose research program evaluates fish population and fish community responses to changes in fishing mortality, habitat, and species interactions. He and his students evaluate the efficacy of various management strategies for improving and sustaining fisheries. Mike approaches research using a combination of empirical field studies, computer simulation modeling, and pond experiments.

Nature Coast Biological Station
552 1st Street, PO Box 878
Cedar Key, FL 32625
(352) 325.6077


  • PhD, Fisheries and Statistics, Mississippi State University, 1996
  • MS, Fisheries, Auburn University, 1992
  • BS, Fisheries Ecology, Texas A&M University, 1990
  • Shaw, S. L.*, M. S. Allen. 2014. Localized spatial and temporal variation in reproductive effort of Florida Bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:85-96.
  • Gwinn, D. C.*, M. S. Allen, F. D. Johnston, P. Brown, C. R. Todd, R. Arlinghaus. 2013. Rethinking length-based fisheries regulations: the value of protecting old and large fish with harvest slots. Fish and Fisheries doi: 10.1111/faf.12053.
  • Hangsleben, M. A.*, M. S. Allen, D. C. Gwinn. 2013. Evaluation of electrofishing catch per unit effort for indexing fish abundance in Florida lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:247-256.
  • Allen, M. S., R. N. M. Ahrens, M. J. Hansen, R. Arlinghaus. 2013. Dynamic angling effort influences the value of minimum-length limits to prevent recruitment overfishing. Fisheries Ecology and Management 20:247-257.
  • Rogers, M. W., Allen, M. S. 2012. An ecosystem model for exploring lake restoration effects on fish communities and fisheris in Florida. Restoration Ecology 20:612-622.
  • Catalano, M.J.*, M.S. Allen. 2011. A whole-lake density reduction to assess compensatory responses of gizzard shad Dorosoma cepedianumCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:955-968.
  • Allen, M.S, M.W. Rogers, M.J. Catalano, D.G. Gwinn, S.J. Walsh. 2011. Evaluating the potential for stock size to limit recruitment in Largemouth Bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:1093-1100.
  • Catalano, M.J.*, M.S. Allen. 2010. A size- and age-structured model to estimate fish recruitment, growth, mortality, and gear selectivity. Fisheries Research 105:38-45.
  • Rogers, M.R, M.S. Allen, P. Brown, T. Hunt, W. Fulton, and B. Ingram. 2010. A simulation model to explore the relative efficacy of stock enhancement versus harvest regulations for fishery sustainability. Ecological Modelling 221:919-926.
  • Gwinn, D. C., and M. S. Allen 2010. Exploring population-level effects of fishery closures during spawning: an example using nest-building largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:626-634.
  • Rogers, M.W.*, and Allen, M.S. 2009. Exploring the generality of recruitment hypotheses for largemouth bass along a latitudinal gradient of Florida lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:23-37. 
  • Allen, M. S., P. Brown, J. Douglas, W. Fulton, and M. Catalano*. 2009. An assessment of recreational fishery harvest policies for Murray cod in Southeast Australia. Fisheries Research 95:260-267
  • Allen, M. S., R. M. Myers, and C. J. Walters. 2008. Temporal trends in largemouth bass mortality, with fisheries implications. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:108-118
  • Rogers, M. W.*, and M. S. Allen. 2008. Hurricane impacts to Lake Okeechobee: altered hydrology creates difficult management trade offs. Fisheries 33(1)11-17. 
  • Coggins, L. C. Jr., M. J. Catalano*, M. S. Allen, W. E. Pine, and C. J. Walters. 2007. Effects of cryptic mortality and the hidden costs of using length limits in fishery management. Fish and Fisheries 8:196-210. 
  • Catalano, M.*, M. Allen, and D. Murie. 2006. Effects of variable flows on water chemistry gradients and fish communities in the Hillsborough River, Florida. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:108-118. 
  • Rogers, M.W.*, M.S. Allen, and W.F.Porak. 2006. Seperating genetic and environmental influences on temporal spawning distributions of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63:2391-2399. 
  • Bonvechio, T. F.*, and M. S. Allen. 2005. Relations between hydrologic variables and year-class strength of sportfish in eight Florida waterbodies. Hydrobiologia 532:193-207. 
  • Bonvechio, T.F.*, M.S. Allen, R.L. Caitleux. 2005. Relative abundance, growth, and mortality of Suwannee Bass in four Florida rivers. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:275-283. 
  • Rogers, M.W.*, M.S. Allen, and M.D. Jones. 2005. Relationship between river surface level and fish assemblage in the Ocklawaha River, Florida. River Research and Applications 21:501-511. 
  • Dockendorf, K.J.*, and M.S. Allen. 2005. Age-0 black crappie abundance and size in relation to zooplankton density, stock abundance, and water clarity in three Florida rivers. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:172-183. 
  • Allen, M. S., M. Rogers*, R. Myers, and M. Bivins. 2004. Simulated impacts of tournament-associated mortality on largemouth bass fisheries. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24:1252-1261. 
  • Allen, M. S., K. I. Tugend*, and M. J. Mann. 2003. Largemouth bass abundance and angler catch rates following a habitat enhancement project at Lake Kissimmee, Florida. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:845-855. 
  • Wheeler, A. P.*, and M. S. Allen. 2003. Habitat and diet partitioning between shoal bass and largemouth bass in the Chipola River, Florida. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 132:438-449. 
  • Allen, Micheal S. and Kimberly Tugend*. 2002. Effects of a large-scale habitat enhancement project on habitat quality for age-0 largemouth bass at Lake Kissimmee, Florida. Pages 265-276 in D.P. Philipp and M.S. Ridgeway, editors. Black Bass: ecology, conservation, and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 31, Bethesda, Maryland. 
  • Allen, M. S.*, W. Sheaffer, W. F. Porak and S. Crawford. 2002. Growth and mortality of largemouth bass in Florida waters: implications for use of length limits. Pages 559-566 in D.P. Philipp and M.S. Ridgeway, editors. Black Bass: ecology, conservation, and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 31, Bethesda, Maryland. 
  • Allen, Micheal S*., and Leandro E. Miranda. 2001. Quasi-cycles in crappie populations are forced by interactions among population characteristics and environment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58(3): 594-601
  • Pine, William E. III*, and Micheal S. Allen. 2001. Differential growth and survival of weekly age-0 black crappie cohorts in a Florida lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130:80-91. 
  • Pine, William E. III*, Micheal S. Allen, and Vicroria J. Dreitz. 2001. Population variability of the Gulf of Mexico Sturgeon: inferences from the capture-recapture and age-structure models. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130:1164-1174. 
  • Allen, Micheal S. and William E. Pine III*. 2000. Detecting fish population responses to a minimum length limit: effects of variable recruitment and duration of evaluation. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 20:672-682.