CABS Research Fellow
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
13 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222
(517) 432-8203 phone or
(517) 432-1699 fax
Position and Current Research. I am currently a Center for Applied
Diversity Science (CABS) Fellow (Conservation International), and an
adjunct researcher at Michigan State, working with Dr. Jianguo (Jack)
Liu on issues related to the sustainable management of forest biodiversity.
I came to MSU as a Nature Conservancy Smith Fellow, and I also work
with a TNC scientist, Dr. David Ewert at TNC's Great Lakes Office.
For the Smith Fellowship project, I 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. My work on this project
is ongoing, and focuses on how changes in management may affect migratory
songbirds in the region. Specifically, I am 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 CABS Fellowship, I have joined a team of researchers
based in California that are assessing the potential impacts of climate
change this state’s rare species and ecosystems. My 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. Currently, I am
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 am 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.
I am very interested in helping to facilitate the use of conservation
research in conservation and management decisions, and one way I have
pursued this interest is by acting as a steering committee member for
the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative (http://www.nabci-us.org/michigan/)
- PhD - Terrestrial Ecology, 2002. University of Michigan, School
of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI.
- MS - Conservation Biology, 1996. University of Michigan, School
of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI.
- BA in Biology and Environmental Studies, 1989. Dartmouth College,
My 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. I am 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,
I expect that the usefulness of large-scale spatially explicit models
will be improved, especially for identifying key habitats for rare
species. Future directions that I would like to explore include 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 models.
Peer-reviewed publications (both published and in
- Hall, Kimberly R. Linking songbird territory boundaries with understory
vegetation using geographic boundary analysis. In prep.
- Hall, Kimberly R. Songbird distribution patterns in managed forests:
Effects of deer-browse pressure in northern Michigan. In prep.
- Hall, Kimberly R. Using songbird demographics to identify key habitat
characteristics for management in northern forests with abundant deer.
In review for Ecological Applications.
- Kearns, Laura, Emily Silverman, and Kimberly R. Hall. The relationship
of black-throated blue warbler (Dendroica caerulescens Gmelin) and
forest breeding bird populations to understory balsam fir in deer-browsed
managed forests. In review for Natural Areas Journal.
- Craves, Julie A., and Kimberly R. Hall. 2003. Notable bird sightings
from Cuba, winters 2002 and 2003. Journal of Caribbean Ornithology
- Root, Terry L., Jeff T. Price, Kimberly R. Hall, Stephen H. Schneider,
Cynthia Rosenzweig, and J. Alan Pounds. 2003. "Fingerprints"
of global warming on animals and plants around the globe. Nature 421:
- Hall, Kimberly R., and Susan L. Maruca. 2001. Mapping a forest mosaic:
A comparison of vegetation and bird distributions using geographic
boundary analysis. Plant Ecology 156: 105-120.
- Price, Jeff T., Terry L. Root, Kimberly R. Hall, Gregory Masters,
Lisa Curran, William Fraser, Michael Hutchins and Norman Myers. 2000.
Climate change, wildlife and ecosystems-Supplemental information prepared
for IPCC Working Group II.
- Jacquez, Geoffrey, and Kimberly R. Hall. Similarity, Dissimilarity,
and Distance. Chapter 4 in Gamma User Manual. BioMedware Publications,
Ann Arbor, MI.
- McVey, Margaret, Kimberly R. Hall, Peter Trenham, Alexander Soast,
Leslie Frymier, and Ansara Hirst. 1993. Wildlife Exposure Factors
Handbook (Volumes I and II). Office of Research and Development, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. EPA/600/R-93/187a and EPA/600/R93/187b.
Also available on the web at http://www.epa.gov/ncea/wefh.htm.
- Drs. Jack Liu, Mike Walters, and Frank Lupi, all at Michigan State
(Deer and forest Management in Michigan’s upper peninsula).
- Drs. David Rothstein, Deb McCullough, and Larry Leefers, all at
Michigan State (Sustainable jack pine management).
- Ph.D. students Ed Laurent, Joseph LeBouton, and Laila Racevskis,
all at Michigan State
- Dr. Terry Root (also my PhD advisor), Dr. Dena MacMynowski, Stanford
- Dr. Lee Hannah, Conservation International, and PIER project Team
- Dr. Dave Ewert, Director of Science for TNC’s Great Lakes
- Dr. Emily Silverman, University of Michigan
- Julie Craves, Rouge River Bird Observatory, U of M Dearborn (http://www.rrbo.org)