Allen Moore

Allen Moore named CAES Associate Dean for Research

Geneticist Allen Moore spent his career studying the nurturing behavior of insects. Now he nurtures the careers of researchers working within the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Moore, who took on the role of CAES associate dean for research on July 1, plans to support collaboration among researchers and to help scientists leverage their grant-seeking efforts to bring in more funding.

“I like the challenge of trying to expand the research that goes on here at UGA,” Moore said. “We have phenomenal researchers here who are doing amazing work. If I can facilitate that, that’s just fun. I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching others succeed.”

Moore most recently served as head of the Department of Genetics in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Before that, he held research and administrative posts at the University of Manchester and the University of Exeter in England and in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky.

CAES Dean Sam Pardue announced Moore’s selection in late April after a national search to replace the longtime associate dean for research, Robert Shulstad.

Moore’s own recent research focused on the impact of genetics on behavior, especially in regard to genes activated after an animal — specifically burying beetles, in his study — becomes a parent.

Moore received his doctorate in behavioral genetics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1988. He has participated in academic research for decades. Working with agricultural researchers, especially at UGA, offers great opportunities thanks to the college’s existing culture of collaboration, he said.

“In the College of Ag, you have, all brought together, people who think differently, and that is a resource that most other colleges and schools don’t have,” Moore said, referring to the teams of basic and applied scientists who come together to solve problems at CAES. “That diversity provides for the exciting possibility of bringing people together and allowing them to creatively interact.”

In addition to fostering collaboration, Moore also aims to provide researchers with more support when they submit new grant applications. The college earned more than $69 million in extramural funding in 2016, a historic high. However, Moore feels that number could be higher with more support staff in the college’s grant support office.

“My focus is going to be very much on people doing research and how we facilitate people doing research,” Moore said. “Given all the constraints we have — the federal budget, the state budget, things I cannot change — I can help people make the most of what we have.”

By Merritt Melancon

Allen Moore took up the post of CAES associate dean for research in July. He was previously the head of UGA’s Department of Genetics.