Spencer Hall

Spencer Hall

Professor, Biology

Director, EEB Graduate Program

  • sprhall@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-6009
  • Jordan Hall 239B
  • Office Hours
    M-F
    By Appointment Only

Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, 2003-2005
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2003
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1997

About

Lab

Jordan Hall 239
(812) 855-6013
Hall Lab website

Awards

  • 2012 Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award
  • 2010 Mercer Award from the Ecological Society of America (best paper by author under 40)

Research

I study interactions between species and their environment at population, community, and ecosystem levels. I especially focus on the community ecology of disease in wildlife. I use freshwater plankton to study these interactions. Plankton provide an ideal system because they interact strongly, are readily manipulated in the lab and field, reproduce quickly, and supply crucial functioning to freshwater ecosystems.

My research program hinges on:

  1. development of mathematical models;
  2. experimental tests of those in both the laboratory and the field; and
  3. surveys of natural systems.

Combined, these approaches help me rigorously test logical, relevant ideas.

Research area

Ecology

Publications

Leibold MA, Hall SR, Smith VH, Lytle DA. Herbivory enhances the diversity of primary producers in pond ecosystems. Ecology. 2017 Jan;98(1):48-56. doi: 10.1002/ecy.1636.

Hite JL, Bosch J, Fernández-Beaskoetxea S, Medina D, Hall SR. Joint effects of habitat, zooplankton, host stage structure and diversity on amphibian chytrid. Proc Biol Sci. 2016 Jul 27;283(1835). pii: 20160832. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0832.

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