Kim Hall

Kim Hall

Adjunct assistant professor of forestry

Office Phone: (517) 316-2257

Education:

Ph.D., terrestrial ecology, 2002, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI
M.S., conservation biology, 1996, University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI
B.A., biology and environmental studies, 1989, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Bio:

Kim Hall is a Center for Applied Biodiversity Science Fellow (Conservation International), and an adjunct researcher at Michigan State, working with Jack Liu on issues related to the sustainable management of forest biodiversity. She came to MSU as a Nature Conservancy Smith Fellow and also works with Nature Conservancy scientist David Ewert at the organization's Great Lakes Office.

For the Smith Fellowship project, she joined a team of faculty members (Liu, Mike Walters, and Frank Lupi) and graduate students developing a spatially-explicit ecological and economic model of the effects of changes in forest and white-tailed deer management in a four-county section of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her work on this project is ongoing and focuses on how changes in management may affect migratory songbirds in the region. Specifically, she's interested in how incorporating information on songbird demographics (rather than simply distribution data) may help in determining priority conservation areas for rare bird species.

For the Center for Applied Biodiversity Science Fellowship, she joined a team of researchers based in California that are assessing the potential impacts of climate change this state’s rare species and ecosystems. Her work on this projects focuses on ranking potential risks to vertebrate species, with a focus on comparing species with different dispersal abilities and susceptibilities to the effects of land use change.

She's also developing proposals with collaborators at Michigan State to examine the many trade-offs (e.g., soil fertility, timber and carbon sequestration values, value of habitats to other species) inherent in substituting plantations for fire regeneration in the jack pine systems that provide critical breeding habitat for the federally endangered Kirtland’s warbler (Dendroica kirtlandii), and is collaborating with Dave Ewert and other scientists on a project linking the breeding and wintering habitats of Kirtland’s warblers through relocation of birds banded in The Bahamas on their Michigan breeding grounds.

She is very interested in helping to facilitate the use of conservation research in conservation and management decisions and has pursued this interest is by acting as a steering committee member for the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative

Research Interests:

Hall's research focuses on understanding how birds respond to different habitat conditions, and on developing ways to integrate bird demographic information into habitat conservation planning using approaches and analysis tools from landscape ecology. She is particularly interested in the process of avian habitat selection, and in understanding spatial and temporal associations between territory choices (e.g., location and size) and demographic parameters (e.g., age of adults, reproductive success). At present, most conservation planning for forest songbirds birds relies solely on survey (point-count) data, which provides an index of relative abundance that is linked to habitat characteristics. I hope to develop ways of measuring demographic parameters that are less-labor intensive than traditional breeding season studies, and then use these measures as indices of habitat quality. With a ranking of habitat quality, rather than simple measures of presence/absence, she expects that the usefulness of large-scale spatially explicit models will be improved, especially for identifying key habitats for rare species. In the future, she would like to explore the use of acoustic monitoring equipment for determining demographic parameters (e.g., for detecting changes in song characteristics that indicate pairing or nesting success), and the integration of climate change impacts into spatially-explicit forest management model.