Phil Allman was born and raised in a rural part of central North Carolina. He worked
on a tomato farm while growing up, but his family routinely vacationed in the mountains
or along the coastline. He became fascinated with the ocean by spending much time
walking the beach and exploring the tidepools. He knew while still very young that
he wanted to be a marine biologist and he has dedicated his life to pursuing that
career. He found his direction as an undergraduate student when he started volunteering
for the North Carolina Aquarium and was then hired to work on a sea turtle tagging
program on Bald Head Island.
He came to Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 after spending 10 months living in
Ghana (West Africa) as a US Fulbright Scholar recipient. He initiated the first sea
turtle research and tagging program in the country, one of the first in the entire
region. He tries to incorporate a global perspective to his teaching and research
by providing students an opportunity to conduct research abroad. He has offered study
abroad courses to Ghana, South Africa, and Costa Rica. He enjoys wildlife photography
and uses his photographs to highlight the diversity of wildlife on his Instagram account.
- IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group
- IUCN Freshwater Turtle & Tortoise Specialist Group
- International Sea Turtle Society
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Herpetological Society of Africa
- US Fulbright Scholar, University of Ghana, 2006-2007
- PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Ohio University, 2006
- MS in Biology, University of Maryland – Baltimore County, 1999
- BS in Marine Biology, University of North Carolina – Wilmington, 1996
- Sea Turtle Biology
- Marine Biology
- Wildlife Conservation
- Endangered Species
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Phil Allman is an Associate Professor of Vertebrate Zoology with primary teaching
responsibilities that include marine biology, sea turtle biology, conservation biology
and General Biology II. He also offers research- focused study away courses to places
such as Yellowstone National Park, Costa Rica, Ghana, and South Africa where students
engage in conservation-based research on topics such as fisheries by-catch, international
wildlife trade/poaching, population genetics, and reproductive ecology.
He conducts research on the reproductive ecology of gopher tortoises in southwest
Florida where he recently demonstrated tortoises in this area are active year-round
and has possibly shifted their mating/nesting season earlier in the year. Most recently
he has been assisting with the sea turtle nest monitoring program on Cayo Costa Island,
where he hires student interns each year to conduct sea turtle nesting surveys. He
directs an active sea turtle research program in Ghana where him and his colleagues
conduct nightly sea turtle nest surveys in three communities along the shoreline.
He recently concluded a study that demonstrated a simple modification to gill nets
can reduce sea turtle by-catch by 80% without impacting the amount of target catch.
He is currently exploring nest temperatures to examine how increased beach temperatures
may impact embryonic development and success of sea turtle nests laid in Ghana and
Courses OfferedToggle Courses Offered
- General Biology II
- Honors General Biology II
- Conservation Biology
- Sea Turtle Biology
- Marine Biology
- Scientific Process
- Ferrera, A, A Formia, C Ciofi, C Natali, A Agyekumhene, and P Allman. 2021. Genetic structure of olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in Ghana, West
Africa. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 544:151614.
- Agyekumhene, A, P Yankson, L Stemle, and P Allman. 2021. Sea turtle nesting activity in Ghana, West Africa. Chelonian Conservation and Biology.
- Allman, P, A Agyekumhene, and L Stemle. 2020. Gillnet illumination as an effective measure to reduce sea turtle by-catch. Conservation Biology.
- Stemle, L., A Agyekumhene, and P Allman. 2019. Occurrence of fibropapillomatosis in
Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) in Ghana. Herpetological Review 50(4): 767.
- Allman, P, RM Bowden, J Donini, and I Lezcano. 2019. Year-round plasma steroid hormone
profiles and the reproductive ecology of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) at
the southernmost edge of their range. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 282.
- Allman, P and J Donini. 2019. The Blue-headed Anole, Anolis allisoni. In Amphibians
and Reptiles of Florida, Eds. K Krysko, K Enge and P Moler. University of Florida
Press. 728 Pp.
- Alexander, L, A Agyekumhene and P Allman. 2017. The role of taboos and other social
customs in the protection and recovery of sea turtles. Frontiers in Marine Science.
- Naccarato, A, J DeJarnette and P Allman. 2015. The successful establishment of a non-native
species after a single introduction event: An investigation of ND4 variability in
introduced black spiny-tailed iguanas (Ctenosaura similis). Journal of Herpetology.
- Dutton, P, S Roden, KR Stewart, E LaCasella, P Rivalan, M Tiwari, A Formia, J Thomé,
SR Livingstone, S Eckert, D Chacon-Chaverri and P Allman. 2013. Population stock structure
of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the Atlantic revealed using mtDNA
and microsatellite markers. Conservation Genetics. 14(3):625-636.
- Alllman, P, AR Place and WM Roosenburg. 2012. Geographic variation in egg size and
lipid provisioning in the wide-ranging diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin.
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 85:442- 449.
Conference PresentationsToggle Conference Presentations
Phil Allman is a regular participant at the Annual Symposium for Sea Turtle Biology,
IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group Meeting, Turtle Survival Alliance meeting, and
the IUCN Freshwater Turtle & Tortoise Meeting. He also routinely takes students to
the Florida Herpetology Conference. He has also served as a delegate at the World
Congress of Herpetology and the International Congress for Conservation Biology.
Grants & AwardsToggle Grants & Awards
- Florida Park Service: Cayo Costa sea turtle program
- United States Fish & Wildlife Service: Ghana sea turtle research program
- Marine Turtle Conservation Fund: Ghana sea turtle research program
- National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Association: Ghana sea turtle research program
- Disney World Conservation Fund: Ghana sea turtle research program
- National Save the Sea Turtles Foundation: student scholarships
- Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Award: hingeback tortoise population assessments
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