My World and Welcome to It

Stuart K. Allison
Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology and Conservation
Director, Green Oaks Field Study Center
Department of Biology

Knox College
Galesburg, Illinois 60401

Ph.D. 1991 Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. 1986 Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
B.S. 1981 Biology, University of Puget Sound

Courses Taught

Research Interests
Population and Community Ecology, Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Conservation Biology - especially the restoration and conservation of tallgrass prairies, the Ethics of Environmental Restoration.

Current Research Projects
I am fascinated by how plant communities recover from disturbance, in particular from human disturbance. As a result I have become interested in the restoration and reconstruction of badly damaged plant communities. Tallgrass prairies are one of the most badly disturbed ecosystems in the world. About 99.9% of the original tallgrass prairie in Illinois has been lost. The only way we will ever have more tallgrass prairie is if we grow it. I am currently studying the reconstructed prairies at Green Oaks, Knox's biological field station. The prairie reconstructions were initiated by the late Paul Shepard in 1954 and continued by Peter Schramm. My prairie research is mostly dedicated to studying and monitoring changes in the prairies at Green Oaks. I have also developed a long-term study examining the demography of tree species at Green Oaks. More recently I have become fascinated by the ethics of ecological restoration and have been trying to develop an ethical system that permits restoration while still respecting the natural world. Developing that ethical system is proving to be surprisingly difficult to do.

Professional Affliations
Ecological Society of America
Education Section of the Ecological Society of America
The Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Ecological Restoration
Board of Editors of Restoration Ecology, published by the Society for Ecological Restoration
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

Recent Publications

Allison, S.K. 2024. Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems 2nd Edition. Publishers webpage for the book.

Allison and Murphy (editors). 2017. Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Publishers website for the book

Allison, S.K. 2017. Ecological restoration and environmental change pp. 485-494. In Allison and Murphy (editors) Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Publishers website for the book

Murphy and Allison. 2017. Introduction: What next for restoration ecology? pp. 1-3. In Allison and Murphy (editors) Routledge Handbook of Ecological and Environmental Restoration. Publishers website for the book

Hanberry, Noss, Safford, Allison and Dey. 2015. Restoration is preparation for the future. Journal of Forestry. Publishers website for the article

Allison, S.K. 2012. Ecological Restoration and Environmental Change: Renewing Damaged Ecosystems. Earthscan Press/Routledge. Abingdon, UK. 252 pp. Publishers website for the book

Allison, S.K. 2011. The paradox of invasive species: Do restorationists worry about them too much or too little? pp. 265-275. In I.D. Rotherham and R. Lambert (editors) Invasive and Introduced Plants and Animals: Human Perceptions, Attitudes, and Approaches to Management. Earthscan Press, London, UK. PDF of final draft

Allison, S.K. 2008. Differences in the effects of drought upon restored and remnant prairies. Ecological Restoration 26:95-97. PDF of manuscript

Allison, S.K. 2007. You can't not choose: Embracing the role of choice in ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 15:601-605. PDF of manuscript

Allison, S.K. 2004. What do we mean when we talk about ecological restoration? Ecological Restoration 22:281-286. PDF of manuscript

Allison, S.K. 2002. When is a restoration successful? Results from a 45 year-old tallgrass prairie restoration. Ecological Restoration 20:10-17. PDF of manuscript

Meyer, M.J., J.A. Crawford, and S.K. Allison. 2002. Geographic distribution. Hemidactylium scutatum. Herpetological Review. 33:217.

Allison, S.K. and J. Ehrenfeld. 1999. The influence of microhabitat variation on seedling recruitment of Atlantic white cedar and red maple. Wetlands 19:383-393. PDF of manuscript

Allison, S.K. 1996. Recruitment and establishment of salt marsh plants following disturbance by flooding. The American Midland Naturalist 136:232-247.

Allison, S.K. 1995. Recovery from small scale anthropogenic disturbances by northern California salt marsh plant assemblages. Ecological Applications 5:693-702.