A climate scientist, Dr. Michael Allen joined the Department of Political Science and Geography in 2014.  A Pittsburgh native, Michael earned his B.S. in Earth Science- Meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania.  Earning both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from Kent State University, his research explores the intersection of weather and climate on human health particularly as it related to extreme temperatures, climate variability and change.  He has a number of peer-reviewed publications in journals including Physical Geography, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, and the International Journal of Climatology.  His research on seasonal climate change has also been highlighted by National Geographic.

A member of the Virginia Geographic Alliance, Dr. Allen places a high value on Geographic education by emphasizing interconnections and geo-literacy.  Dr. Allen serves as the Climate and Health Field Editor of the International Journal of Biometeorology, Board of Directors member and current Secretary of Wetlands Watch, and is affiliated with the World Affairs Council – Greater Hampton Roads.  A curious global citizen, he has traveled to many countries including Australia, China, Cuba, Ireland, Japan, Moldova, and Peru.  Through his role as Geography Program Director, Dr. Allen also serves as a mentor to students.  Like the ODU Geography Program on Facebook today!


  • Ph.D. Geography, Kent State University (2014)
  • M.A. Geography, Kent State University (2010)
  • B.S. Earth Science-Meteorology, California University of Pennsylvania (2008)

Research Interests:  Bioclimatology – Applied Climatology – Climate Change & Variability – Geographic Education

ORCID:  0000-0002-8897-3901


Updated Curriculum Vitae (May 2020)