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Andrew Allen

Wildlife ecologist and conservationist. I study the movement ecology of wildlife with an aim to link this to their wildlife management and conservation.


I am in the third year of my PhD project titled "Optimising the spatial scale of mangement of mobile species"

My PhD project aims to identify how movement ecology may guide wildlife management. I first outline a conceptual framework that provides guidance for linking movement ecology with conservation and wildlife management. The framework is then applied through a sequence of four studies that a) provide guidance on a method that classifies and quantifies movements, b) improves our understanding of how to scale up individual movement patterns to population level movements, c) links the movement of individuals to their reproductive performance and d) predicts herbivore densities using movement, citizen science and remotely sensed data. These studies are applied to the moose (Alces alces) in Sweden, an example of a species with diverse movement patterns that is typically managed in demarcated areas like moose management areas (e.g. Sweden) or wildlife management units (e.g. Canada). The results of this dissertation clearly illustrate how movement ecology may guide wildlife management, and complement the recently adopted moose management system.


I grew up in southern Africa, where I was born in Namibia but spent most of my time in South Africa and Zimbabwe. I moved to the UK when I was 20, and then moved to Sweden in 2012 to begin my PhD. My favourite hobbies are to travel and to take photographs, both of these motivated by seeing and experiencing nature. I am a keen birdwatcher and generally enjoy spending time outdoors and participating in a variety of sports.

My working career initially started in the field of accountancy however I have always had an interest in working with animals. My first experience of this was on a remote beach in Costa Rica working on a conservation project for nesting Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) for four months. Shortly after this I entered the BSc program at the University of Kent where I had the opportunity to travel to the Peruvian Amazon to collect data for my final year thesis titled “The Diversity and Abundance of Wading Birds (Ciconiiformes) in the Yavari Valley”. After graduating I worked as a research officer in Madagascar where we conducted baseline research in an unprotected dry deciduous forest. Research work included collection of reptile morphometrics (snake, chameleon and lizard), density surveys of lemurs and chameleons, small mammal trapping, bird surveys and pitfall trapping. I worked in Madagascar for just over six months after which I joined a MSc program at Imperial College London which is where I gained my interest in the field of spatial ecology. My MSc thesis was titled “How does the landscape structure shape the movement and feeding patterns of Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) in Sweden” and was done in collaboration with the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, SLU. During my research I used novel methods to identify the movement characteristics, home ranges and habitat selection of red deer in two differing landscapes in southern Sweden.

Selected publications


Allen, A.M., Månsson, J., Sand, H., Malmsten, J., Ericsson, G. & Singh, N.J. (Accepted) Scaling up movements: From individual space use to population patterns. Ecosphere

Hof, A.R., Rodriguez-Castañeda, G., Allen, A.M., Jansson, R., Nilsson, C. (Accepted) Vulnerability of subarctic and arctic breeding birds. Ecological Applications

Singh NJ*, Allen A.M.*, Ericsson G (2016) Quantifying Migration Behaviour Using Net Squared Displacement Approach: Clarifications and Caveats. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0149594.
*Shared first authorship

Allen, A.M. & Singh, N.J. (2016) Linking movement ecology with wildlife management and conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 3. art155

Allen, A.M., Månsson, J., Jarnemo, A., Bunnefeld, N. (2014) The impacts of landscape structure on the winter movements and habitat selection of female red deer. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 60, 411 – 421.


Allen, A.M., Dorey, A., Malmsten, J., Edenius, L., Ericsson, G. & Singh, N.J. (in revision) Habitat-performance relationships of a large mammal on a predator-free island dominated by humans. Ecology and Evolution.

Singh, N.J., Allen, A.M., Nasen, L. & Ericcson, G. (in revision) Synchronizing parturition, migration and surfing the green wave.



Allen A.M., Hobi, M.L., Radeloff, V.C., Kindberg, J., Ericsson, G. & Singh, N.J. (In prep) Predicting herbivore densities using remote sensing and citizen science

Allen, A.M., Leonardsson, K. & Singh, N.J. (in prep) A simplified cohort analysis for predicting population size.

Conference Contributions

Movement and Dispersal, Aberdeen, Scotland, 11 – 12 November 2013
Presentation: Movement ecology to the rescue: Optimising the management of moving animals

Animal Movement and the Environment, Raleigh, USA, 05 – 08 May 2014
Presentation: Scaling up animal movement: Understanding individual variation in movement patterns to infer population level movements
Talk is available at:

Population assessment of moose in Fennoscandia: current methods and scopes for improvements. 20 & 21 November 2014
Presentation: Linking movement ecology with the management of moving anmimals