Lucas K. Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Center Court E7
Phone: 909-607-8279
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Educational Background:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham Young University
PhD, MS Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation, Brigham Young University
BS Zoology (Chemistry minor), Weber State University
BA Spanish, Weber State University

Courses Taught:
Conservation Ecology & Management
Introductory Biology
Field Biology

Research Interests:
I am primarily a conservation ecologist, broadly interested in determining how environmental and anthropogenic influences shape community assemblages of wildlife. Specifically, my work relates to biological invasions, human-modified resources, and contemporary climate change. Much of my recent work has focused on how species of desert bats will respond to contemporary climate change (via increased aridity) in deserts and how this will impact bat communities. I am also interested in how invasive species disrupt native communities. For example, I have been studying how feral horses displace native wildlife at water sources and the effect that has on the composition and structure of wildlife communities over space and time.
Selected Publications List: Click to open new window.
1.   Nix, JN, RG Howell, LK Hall, and BR McMillan . (2018). The influence of periodic increases of human activity on crepuscular and nocturnal mammals: testing the weekend effect. Behavioural Processes   146: 16-21. Abstract
2.   Hall, LK, Larsen, RT, Knight, RN, McMillan, BR . (2018). Feral horses influence both spatial and temporal patterns of water use by native ungulates in a semi-arid environment. Ecosphere   9: e02096. Abstract
3.   Hall, LK, CT Lambert, RT Larsen, RN Knight, and BR McMillan . (2016). Will climate change leave some desert bat species thirstier than others?. Biological Conservation   201: 284-292. Abstract
4.   Day, CC, MD Westover, LK Hall, RT Larsen, BR McMillan . (2016). Comparing direct and indirect methods to estimate detection rates and site use of a cryptic semi-aquatic carnivore. Ecological Indicators   230-234: . Abstract
5.   Hall, LK, MD Westover, CC Day, RT Larsen, RN Knight, and BR McMillan . (2016). Influence of exotic horses on the use of water by communities of native wildlife in a semi-arid environment. Journal of Arid Environments   127: 100-105. Abstract
6.   Hall, LK, CC Day, MD Westover, RJ Edgel, RT Larsen, RN Knight, and BR McMillan . (2013). Vigilance of kit foxes at water sources: a test of competing hypotheses for a solitary carnivore subject to predation. Behavioural Processes   94: 76-82. Abstract
7.   Hall, LK, RT Larsen, RN Knight, KD Bunnell, and BR McMillan . (2013). Water developments and canids in two North American deserts: a test of the indirect effect of water hypothesis. PLoS ONE   8: 1-8. Abstract
8.   Hall, LK . (2012). Effect of cheatgrass on abundance of the North American deermouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). Southwestern Naturalist   57: 166-169. Abstract
9.   Hall, LK, and JF Cavitt . (2012). Comparative study of trapping methods for ground-nesting shorebirds. Waterbirds   35: 342-346. Abstract
10.   Hall, LK, and JF Cavitt . (2011). Diet of Coluber constrictor mormon (Western Yellow-bellied Racer) and Pituophis catenifer deserticola (Great Basin Gopher Snake). Herpetological Review   42: 285-286.
11.   Hall, LK, JF Mull, and JF Cavitt . (2009). Relationship between cheatgrass coverage and the relative abundance of snakes on Antelope Island, Utah. Western North American Naturalist   69: 88-95. Abstract