James A. Allen, PHD

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  • Executive Director, School of Forestry

Subject-matter expertise

  • Management and Restoration of Forested Wetlands
  • Ecology
  • International Forestry


With Northern Arizona University since 2006, Dr. Allen is a professor and the Executive Director of the School of Forestry. His diverse research background includes fieldwork in southern Africa (Swaziland), bottomland hardwood forests and coastal baldcypress swamps of the Lower Mississippi Valley, mangrove swamps of Hawaii and Micronesia, and upland forests of the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York.

Prior to his arrival at NAU, he served for six years as the Dean of the Forestry, Natural Resources and Recreation Division at Paul Smith’s College.  He also worked for 10 years as a research ecologist/forester for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisiana and for almost five years as a research ecologist/forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Hawaii, in both cases specializing in the ecology, management, and restoration of forested wetlands. 

Dr. Allen has authored more than 70 professional publications on forested wetlands, international forestry, and other topics.  Earlier in his career, he served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, where he also conducted field research for his Master’s thesis.  He has degrees from Paul Smith’s College (AAS in Pre-Professional Forestry, 1978), Virginia Tech (BS in Forestry and Wildlife, 1980), Cornell University (MS in Natural Resource Policy and Planning, 1986) and Louisiana State University (PhD in Forest Ecology, 1994).  Dr. Allen is currently the Policy Chair of the Southwest Section of the Society of American Foresters and President-Elect of the National Association of University Forest Resource Programs. 


  • Ramstead, K.M., J.A. Allen and A.E. Springer. 2012. Have wet meadow restoration projects in the Southwestern U.S. been effective in restoring geomorphology, hydrology, soils, and plant species composition? Environmental Evidence 1(11): 1-16. 
  • Allen, J.A. and K.M. Ramstead. 2010. High-elevation wet meadows in Arizona: Distribution, threats and biodiversity. Pages 21-25 in P.F. Ffolliott (ed.), Hydrology and Water Resources of Arizona and the Southwest, Volume 40, Proceedings of the 2010 Meetings of the Hydrology Section, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science, April 10, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Krauss, K.W., D.R. Cahoon, J.A. Allen, J.C. Lynch, N.C. Cormier and K.C. Ewel. 2010. Surface elevation change and susceptibility of different mangrove zones to sea-level rise on Pacific high islands of Micronesia. Ecosystems 13: 129-143.
  • Woodcock, T, C. Evans, C. Laxson, R. Tucker, J. Allen, J. Mihuc, E. Allen and T. Mihuc. 2008. Land use designation and vegetation community structure in the Adirondack uplands (New York, USA). Applied Vegetation Science 11: 509-520.
  • K.W. Krauss, B.D. Keeland, J.A. Allen, K.C. Ewel and D.J. Johnson. 2007. Effects of season, rainfall, and hydrogeomorphic setting on mangrove tree growth in Micronesia. Biotropica 39: 161-170.
  • Allen, J.A. and K.W. Krauss. 2006. The influence of propagule flotation longevity and light availability on the establishment of introduced mangrove species in Hawaii. Pacific Science 60: 367-376.
  • Allen, J.A., K.W. Krauss, K.C. Ewel, B.D. Keeland and E.E. Waguk. 2005. A tropical freshwater wetland: I. Structure, growth, and regeneration patterns. Wetland Ecology and Management 13: 657-669.
  • Allen, J.A., K.W. Krauss, and R.D. Hauff. 2003. Factors limiting the intertidal distribution of the mangrove species Xylocarpus granatum. Oecologia 135: 110-121.
  • Allen, J.A., B.D. Keeland, H.E. Kennedy, Jr., and A.F. Clewell. 2001. A guide to bottomland hardwood restoration. U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division Information and Technology Report USGS/BRD/ITR-2000-0011, and USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station General Technical Report SRS-40. 132 pp.
  • Allen, J.A., K.C. Ewel, and J. Jack. 2001. Patterns of natural and anthropogenic disturbance of the mangroves on the Pacific Island of Kosrae. Wetland Ecology and Management 9: 291-301.
  • Dr. Allen's publications are also listed at Google Scholar.

Special groups and committees

  • Southwest Section of the Society of American Foresters (Policy Chair)
  • National Association of University Forest Resource Programs (President-Elect)


  • A.A.S., Paul Smith's College, 1978
  • B.S., Virginia Tech, 1980
  • M.S., Cornell University, 1986
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1994

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