- GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
- City and Community Studies Initiative
- Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability
The academic year 2012-2013 marks my third year as a doctoral student. After receiving my Bachelor of Science (Earth Science- Meteorology) from California University of Pennsylvania (2008) and my Master of Arts from Kent State University (Geography in 2010), I matriculated into the Doctoral Program. I have served as a research assistant working with several agencies including the Montreal Department of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation, and California Air Resources Board. Currently, I am an instructor of Physical Geography within the Department of Geography.
My dissertation focuses on the ways in which seasons are defined in climate-health research by taking into account temporal and spatial variability. For example, "winter" is currently defined without regard to these variations in time and space. By comparing the human response of mortality across seasons and during anomalous temperature events, I plan to evaluate the ways in which seasons are defined, impact human health, and change over time.
I am actively involved on campus serving as Executive Chair of Graduate Student Senate, President of the Geography Graduate Student Association, and Teaching Fellow for Graduate Student Orientation. These roles enhance my professional development and networking ability. Additionally, I currently serve as the Graduate Student Representative for HMGSG of the Association of American Geographers and was invited to attend the 4th International Student Training Workshop on Health and Environmental Changes in Mega Urban Areas.
Interests: Climate and Weather Variability; Human-Health Response; Seasonality; Extreme Events
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Allen, M. J. and S. C. Sheridan (2013): High- mortality days during the winter season: comparing meteorological conditions across five U.S. cities. (Manuscript Under Review).
Sheridan, S.C., C.C. Lee, M.J. Allen, L.S. Kalkstein (2012): Future heat vulnerability in California Part II: Projecting future heat related mortality. (Accepted in Climatic Research, forthcoming).
Sheridan, S.C., C.C. Lee, M.J. Allen, L.S. Kalkstein (2012): Future heat vulnerability in California Part I: Projecting future weather types and heat events. (Accepted in Climatic Research, forthcoming).
Allen, M. J., and S. C. Sheridan (2011): High- mortality days during the winter season: comparing meteorological conditions across five U.S. cities. Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Biometeorology. Auckland, New Zealand 4-8 December 2011.
Allen, M. J. (2010) Assessing the Influence of Weather in 5 U.S. Cities during Wintertime High-Mortality Days. Master’s Thesis, Kent State University, Kent, OH 118pp.
Sheridan, S.C., C.C. Lee, M.J. Allen, L.S. Kalkstein (2011): A spatial synoptic classification approach to projected heat vulnerability in California under future climate change scenarios. Final Report to California Air Resources Board: Agreement number 07-304. 153p.
Hajat, S., S. Sheridan, M. Allen, M. Pascal, K. Laaidi, A. Yagouti, U. Bickis, A. Tobias, D. Bourque, B.G. Armstrong, T. Kosatsky (2010): Which days of hot weather are identified as dangerous by Heat-Health Warning Systems? A comparison of the predictive capacity of different approaches. American Journal of Public Health, 100 (6), 1137-1144.
Allen, M. J., C. Lee, A. Sedorovich-Perry (2012): Evaluating Transition Weather Types during the Winter Season. 24th Annual Conference International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Columbia, South Carolina.
Allen, M. J. (2012): A Reexamination of Winter Weather Issues Using Distributed Lag Models. Association of American Geographers National Conference: Temperature & Human Health Part II: Temporal Aspects. New York City, New York.
Allen, M. J. (2011): High-mortality days during the winter season: comparing meteorological conditions across 5 U.S. cities. 19th International Congress of Biometeorology. Auckland, New Zealand.
Allen, M. J. and A. Sedorovich (2011): Chronic Bronchitis Hospital Admissions in New York State. 19th International Congress of Biometeorology. Auckland, New Zealand.
Corobov, R., N. Opopol, S. Sheridan, M. Allen (2011): Record heat waves in Moldova in 2007: Identification, description, and health consequences. East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers Regional Meeting. Youngstown State University.
Allen, M. J. (2011): New York State: Examining acute bronchitis in children (<5 years) using the Spatial Synoptic Classification (1991-2006). Association of American Geographers National Conference: Synoptic Climatology and Health Outcomes: New York State. Seattle, WA
Allen, M.J. (2010): Statistical considerations in the development of Heat Watch-Warning Systems. U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation Workshop: Improving Public Health Response to Heat Events; National Center for Public Health: Chişinău, Moldova.
Allen, M.J. (2010): Impact of winter weather on human health. 25th Annual Graduate Student Senate Colloquium. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
Allen, M.J. (2010): The impact of winter weather on human health: A regional approach to understanding vulnerability in the United States. Association of American Geographers National Conference: Special session on season variability in weather-related mortality. Washington, D.C.
Corobov, R., N. Opopol, S. Sheridan, M. Allen (2010): Record heat waves in Moldova in 2007: Identification, description, and health consequences. American Meteorological Society National Conference: 1st Environment and Health Symposium. Atlanta, GA.
Allen, M. J. (2008): The effects of temperature, humidity, and precipitation on respiratory induced hospitalizations (1998-2006) in Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties. StormFest presented by California University of Pennsylvania and Carnegie Science Center of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA.
Allen, M.J., V.N. Bringi, and G. Huang (2007): A study of snow characteristics using 2D video and dual-polarized radar: The case of 20 January 2007. Colorado State University National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates; Fort Collins, CO.
Allen, M. J. (27 April 2012) Graduate Studies, Geography, and Public Health. College of Public Health Doctoral Meeting, Kent State University. Aimee Budnik.
Allen, M.J. (1 March 2011) Health and Weather: Factors that Contribute to High Mortality during the Winter Season. Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 1252, Columbia Station, Ohio. Sandra Maurer.
Allen, M.J. (22 January 2011). Assessing the Influence of Weather During Wintertime High Mortality Days. Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Brunswick, Ohio. Mark Thorton.
Allen, M.J. (12 December 2010): Weather: How it works and why it’s important. Central Elementary School, Brecksville, Ohio. Gretchen Weber, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.
Allen, M.J. (31 March 2010): The wonderful world of weather. Derry Area High School Physical Sciences: Michelle Dorazio.
AffiliationsInternational Society of Biometeorology (2010 - present)
Association of American Geographers (2009 - present)
National Weather Association (2006 - present)
American Meteorological Society (2005 - present)
Graduate Student Senate (2009 - present)
Graduate Student Orientation (2012 - present)
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COURSES TEACHINGSpring 2013
- GEOG 21063 - 009 Physical Geography Laboratory
- GEOG 31064 - 001 Principles Of Climatology
- GEOG 21063 - 001 Physical Geography Laboratory
- GEOG 41073 - 001 Conserv Natural Resources