The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has tapped Allen Moore, currently serving as head of the genetics department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, to lead the college’s research efforts as the CAES associate dean for research.
CAES Dean Sam Pardue announced the appointment following a months-long national search.
“Dr. Moore brings a diverse background in genetics, ecology and entomology to our college research program,” Pardue said. “Adding his breadth of experience and perspective to our stellar faculty of researchers will help us continue on our trajectory of strong growth.”
Moore is an expert in evolutionary biology and behavior genetics; molecular and quantitative genetic studies of complex traits, especially social traits; and the development of behavior. He held various research and administrative positions in the biological sciences at the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and in entomology at the University of Kentucky.
Moore has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in environmental, population and organismic biology from the University of Colorado. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in environmental biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis’ anatomy and neurobiology department and a postdoctoral research associate in the cell biology and anatomy department at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Moore takes over July 1 for Robert Shulstad, who has served as the college’s associate dean for research since 2007. During his tenure, Shulstad led the college’s efforts to consolidate and streamline farm and land holdings, recruit some of the brightest minds in agricultural research and dramatically increase extramural funding resources.
In addition to the associate dean’s responsibilities, Moore also will act as associate director of Georgia’s agricultural experiment stations.