Prospective graduate students

If you are a hard-working, creative individual who shares our team’s interests in ecology, conservation, and sustainability science, I welcome you to consider pursuing an MS or PhD degree in my research group.  Take a look below at the ASU graduate programs with which I am affiliated. Your coursework will depend on the program you choose. However, your specific training in my research group will be tailored to your interests and strengths, and it will depend less on the graduate program in which you are enrolled. If you are my graduate advisee, you will be eligible for financial support through the School of Life Sciences regardless of your specific degree program.

Also, please check out ‘Expectations for graduate students in the Hall Lab‘ and ‘On Being a Successful Graduate Student’ (borrowed from the John Thompson lab). These two documents will give you an idea of what I expect from graduate students, and how to be most successful in my research group in your pursuit of a graduate degree.

If you are interested in joining the lab, please email me.

Prospective undergraduate students

Are you curious about the natural world, the built environment near your home, or the impact that humans have on ecosystems and wildlife habitat?  Are you interested in broaden your experiences and learning how to become a scientist?

I am always on the look-out for curious, motivated, and responsible students who want to work in a team environment on scientific questions related to ecology and conservation. Students of all levels are welcome, from freshman to seniors. I am especially interested in meeting freshman and sophomores who are interested in becoming a longer-term contributing member of our team.

Research experiences are the some of the best ways to explore your interests and meet new scientists and students.  Plus, you’ll gain valuable opportunities to participate in, design, and complete real science projects that make a difference – and have fun along the way!

Here is how you can become a part of our research team:

  • Volunteer or sign up for Independent Course Credit:
    If you are interested in learning about ecology and conservation by participating in our ongoing projects, please email me to set up an appointment to talk.  When you write to me, please structure your introductory email like a formal cover letter.  In other words, tell me a bit about who you are (year, major), what experiences you’ve had that have led to your interest in our research, and what type of experience you are hoping to gain.  Also, please attach your resume and your unofficial transcripts.  If you don’t have a lot of stuff on your resume or transcripts yet, don’t worry — these documents simply help me to learn about your experiences and strengths to assess the ways in which we might successfully work together.
  • SOLS Undergraduate Research Program (SOLUR):
    The SOLUR program is a great opportunity for you to apprentice with our research team and eventually contact an independent research project under my guidance. As a part of the SOLUR program, you will be a part of a larger community of learners including other undergraduate researchers in the School of Life Sciences. SOLUR Researchers and Fellows are paid a stipend for their efforts, and all students participate in the Annual SOLUR Undergraduate Research Symposium. It´s a great opportunity — check it out!

 Resources for graduate students and post-docs

Resources for undergraduate students


I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Schools of Life Sciences and Sustainability.

• BIO 494/598: Soil Ecology
• BIO 422/598: Ecosystem Ecology
• BIO 494/598: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa
• ELS 501: Grand Challenges in Environmental Life Sciences

•  BIO 494/598: Soil Ecology
•  BIO 422/598: Ecosystem Ecology
•  BIO 322: Conservation of Biodiversity
•  BIO 494/598: Sustainability Challenges of the Wildlife Economy in South Africa

Past courses:
•  BIO 319: Introduction to Environmental Science (non-majors)
•  SOS 598: Integrated Socioecological Systems (IGERT/SOS workshop)
•  BIO 311: Biology and Society

Letter of Reference

If you have worked with me or are in my research group, or if you performed well in one of my courses (and I have interacted with you personally), most likely I will be happy to provide you with a letter of reference for a job, future study, etc. I will be able to write a better letter for you if I know something about you.

These are the things I will need from you:

  1. At least 2 weeks notice
  2. Deadline
  3. Email or physical address to which the letter is to be sent
  4. Description of the position, and why you want it (probably your cover letter for the job or personal statement will suffice)
  5. Your updated resume and/or CV
  6. If relevant, grade you received in the class you took from me
  7. An email reminder just before the deadline (and make sure to check to see that my letter has been received)