Louise C. Allen

Visiting Assistant Professor/Special Assistant

Louise C. Allen

Biological Sciences
217 W.B. Atkinson
(336) 750-3475 (p)

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Louise Allen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with concentrations in Zoo and Aquarium Science and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Michigan State University (MSU) in 2000.  While at MSU she founded the student environmental group, Eco, and was a member of the honors program.  She then accepted a position as a senior keeper of birds at the Detroit Zoological Institute.   She then went on to complete her Masters in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution at Boston University in the lab of Thomas Kunz.  Following her graduate studies she completed her Post-Doctoral work as a research associate at Wake Forest University.  Dr. Allen is now presently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences and a Special Assistant in the Office of Science Initiatives at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). In the community, she is committed to encouraging sustainable practices that promote environmental and human wellness. She serves as an environmental leader in Winston-Salem as board member for the Piedmont Environmental Alliance and as a founding member of Winston-Salem Greenways. She values her role as an educator and incorporates issues of sustainability and wellness into her courses, including Life on Two Wheels (a cycling based freshman seminar course on human and environmental health). She is an enthusiastic amateur cyclist and an unabashed bunny hugger.

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Zoology, Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Biology, Boston University
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Boston University

Research and Projects Interests:

  • My research encompasses many aspects of ecological physiology in vertebrates, including birds and bats. My primary interest is the study of organisms and their physiological response to changing environmental conditions – natural or anthropogenic. In a current project I examine the physiological responses of organisms to human-altered environments and identify the physiological consequences of environmental change.

Selected Publications:

Hristov, N.I., L.C. Allen and B.A. Chadwell (2013). New Advances in the Study of Group Behavior in Bats. In: Bat Evolution, Ecology and Conservation (R.A. Adams and S.C. Pedersen, eds.). Springer Science Press.

Allen, L.C., E.P. Widmaier, A.S. Turmelle, N.I. Hristov, G.F. McCracken, and T.H. Kunz (2011). Bridge-Roosting Brazilian Free-tailed Bats Exhibit Resiliency to Anthropogenic Disturbance: Comparing Roost-type Variation in Health and Stress Levels. Conservation Biology 25:374-381.

Allen, L.C., C.S. Richardson, G.F. McCracken and T.H. Kunz (2010). Birth size and postnatal growth in cave- and bridge- roosting Brazilian free-tailed bats. Journal of Zoology (Lond).280: 6-18. * Featured cover story.

Turmelle, A.S., L.C. Allen, B.A. French, F.R. Jackson, T.H. Kunz, G.F. McCracken, and C.E. Rupprecht (2010). Response to vaccination with a commercial inactivated rabies vaccine in a captive colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41: 139-142.

Turmelle, A.S., L.C. Allen, F.R. Jackson, T.H. Kunz, C.E. Rupprecht, and G.F. McCracken (2010). Ecology of rabies virus exposure in colonies of Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) at natural and man-made roosts in Texas. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 10: 165-175.

Allen, L.C., A.S. Turmelle, M.T. Mendonca, K.J. Navara, T.H. Kunz, and G.F. McCracken (2009). Roosting ecology and variation in adaptive and innate immune system function in the Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 179: 315-323.

Reichard, J.D., L. Gonzalez, C. Casey, L.C. Allen, N.I. Hristov, and T.H. Kunz. (2009). Evening emergence behavior and seasonal dynamics in large colonies of Brazilian free-tailed bats. Journal of Mammalogy. 90: 1478–148.

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