A climate scientist and 2023 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Michael J. Allen joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning in 2022 following a stint in southeast Virginia.

A Pittsburgh native, Michael earned his B.S. in Earth Science- Meteorology from California University of Pennsylvania (now PennWest).  Completing both M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography at 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.

Dr. Allen places a high value on Geographic education by emphasizing interconnections and geo-literacy.  Dr. Allen previously served as the Climate and Health Field Editor of the International Journal of Biometeorology, the Chairperson of Wetlands Watch, and co-coordinator of the Virginia Geographic Alliance.  An avid cyclist, beekeeper, and curious, global citizen, he has traveled to 48 states, the entire Balkan Peninsula, and more than 30 countries including Australia, China, Cuba, Ireland, Japan, Moldova, and Peru.  Learn more about Towson Geography and the Climate, Weather and Society minor!


  • 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