Lucas K. Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Keck Science Center 131A
Phone: 909-607-8279
Office Hours: MT 1:30-2:30 pm, F 8:30-9:30 am, or by appointment
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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 interested in understanding how species of wildlife respond to changes in their environment. Specifically, I study the effects of human-modified landscapes, invasive species, and climate change on populations and communities of native wildlife. I am a question-driven ecologist and use a variety of species to address my research questions. For example, some of my recent work has assessed the influence of feral horses on native wildlife, the response of desert bats to climate change, and how sage grouse (and other species that are reliant upon sound) respond to environmental noise.
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.   CT Lambert, LK Hall, RT Larsen, RN Knight, BR McMillan . (2018). Temporal partitioning and the effects of climate change on 2 ecologically similar desert bats. Journal of Mammalogy   99: 1486-1494. Abstract
4.   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
5.   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
6.   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
7.   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
8.   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
9.   Hall, LK . (2012). Effect of cheatgrass on abundance of the North American deermouse (Peromyscus maniculatus). Southwestern Naturalist   57: 166-169. Abstract
10.   Hall, LK, and JF Cavitt . (2012). Comparative study of trapping methods for ground-nesting shorebirds. Waterbirds   35: 342-346. Abstract
11.   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.
12.   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