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Edward Hall, PhD.


Research Scientist Natural Resource Ecology Lab

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-2162   Office: NESB A246

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Areas of Interest

 How agriculture in the watershed impacts the use of freshwater ecosystemsSystem aquaculture practicesToxicology/Microbiology


I am an ecosystem and microbial ecologist working in aquatic ecosystems and at the aquatic/terrestrial interface. At the broadest level my research attempts to use the rapidly accumulating wealth of information on environmental microbial form and function to enhance our understanding of fundamental ecosystem processes. Microbial processes have important influences on all biogeochemical cycles in all ecosystems. A major challenge in ecosystem science is to integrate the wealth of new information on environmental microbiology into a meaningful framework that provides new insight into how organic matter and inorganic contaminants are processed within a watershed. To address this I use a combination of theoretical, experimental, and observational studies. I evaluate the relationships between microbial physiology and geochemical processes using lake surveys, experimental microcosms (1L) and mesocosms (10,000L), flow-through bioreactors, and mathematical modeling. I have worked in a diverse set of globally distributed watersheds (Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Mid-West and Western U.S.) including tropical, alpine and boreal environments. Currently, I have projects in: Rocky Mountain National Park and the alpine west looking at the effect of atmospheric N deposition and glacier loss on headwater ecosystems Lake Yojoa Honduras understanding how human stressors are affecting the lake and the livelihoods it sustains and The Cache La Poudre watershed looking at the hydrological and ecological effects of the High Park Fire and the Flood of 2013