The Allison Lab

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of California, Irvine

3300 Biological Sciences 3

Lab phone: (949) 824-2772

Twitter: @StevenDAllison

Our research explores the functional roles of microbes in ecosystems. Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, contribute to global carbon balance and cycle nutrients required for plant growth. Using theory, experiments, and mathematical models, we analyze the response of microbial communities to changes in the environment and the consequences for life on Earth. Much of our work focuses on the soil microbiome and feedbacks to global climate change. We also recognize the growing need to manage ecosystems and their microbial inhabitants in the face of human environmental pressures. We aim to provide a sound scientific basis for solving environmental problems, including climate change, at local to global scales. The Allison Lab promotes diversity and inclusivity in all of these efforts.


March 14, 2019

Congratulations to undergraduate Therese Pham for winning a CalSpace award, funded by the Space Grant Consortium at UCSD! This $1000 award recognizes Therese’s academic accomplishments and research on environmental bacteria and their enzymatic traits.

Therese Pham

February 11, 2019

Steven Allison has donated to be come a Founding Member of the 500 Women Scientists Fellowship for the Future.

February 6, 2019

New paper in Soil Biology and Biochemistry by postdoc Ashish Malik shows a tradeoff between soil microbial investment in growth yield versus enzyme production.

January 24, 2019

Congratulations to undergraduate Therese Pham for being awarded a research grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to analyze enzymatic traits of bacteria!

January 4, 2019

Drought and nitrogen treatments at the Loma Ridge Global Change Experiment affect greenhouse gas fluxes according to a new study in Soil Biology and Biochemistry by Emma Aronson and UCI colleagues

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