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

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.

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 and current Chairperson of Wetlands Watch.  An avid cyclist, beekeeper, and curious, global citizen, he has traveled to 48 states and many 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