I am a PhD candidate in the Warner Lab at Auburn University. I study developmental plasticity in reptiles; however, I was privileged to teach high school science for many years, and I'm still most passionate about science education.
Frederick Douglas said, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." I love this quote, but it assumes a person also knows how to reason. I fervently believe that science education is the best tool to teach logic, rhetoric, and debate. With this tool, we can open minds and lead people to intellectual freedom. This is the first (and necessary) step toward freedom, generally.
Joshua M Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
101 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn, Al 36849
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8.29.2018: Paper accepted
My manuscript, "Seasonal shifts in reproduction depend on prey availability for an income breeder" has been accepted for publication in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. For many organisms that inhabit seasonal environments, the quality and/or quantity of offspring produced can change through the season. In this paper, we show that such seasonal shifts can be dependent on food resources. We maintained breeding pairs of brown anoles on different diets that varied with respect to caloric content. We carefully monitored growth and reproduction across the full length of a reproductive season. Some seasonal shifts in reproduction (e.g. a seasonal increase in egg size) were not observed when females were maintained on a low-calorie diet. This work shows how the evolution of life-history traits in seasonal environments can be constrained by local environmental factors.
6.23.2018: Field Work in Palm Coast, FL
5.15.2018: Paper accepted
One of my dissertation chapters has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Biology: "Thermal spikes from the urban heat island increase mortality and alter physiology of lizard embryos". Urban habitats impose a multitude of novel selection pressures on wildlife. In this paper, we (Dan Warner and I) discuss the impact of the urban heat island effect on an oft overlooked life-stage - embryological development. We demonstrate that extreme ground temperatures in the urban heat island have the potential to increase egg mortality for lizards and alter basic physiological processes in embryos.
5.6.2018: Anole Annals Blog
Anoles often seem to be the Snickers bar of the ecosystem. As such, we find many individuals that have sustained severe injuries and survived. Limb-loss is a common injury, but we know little about how well these animals fare beyond just survival. Here I report a female that, despite missing a foot, seems to be doing well. Read it here.
4.27.2018: Margaret McNeal Arant Memorial Award
I am the recipient of the 2018 Margaret McNeal Arant Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Zoology. "This award recognizes a graduate student in zoology who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, leadership qualities, and strong moral character."
I suppose I demonstrate at least one of those...
4.10.18: Paper accepted
3.17.18: Anolis Symposium VII
Putter, Jenna, and I attended the 2018 Anolis Symposium at Fairchild Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida.
2.19.18: Anole Annals Blog
11.24.17: Big Cypress Tree State Park
11.15.17: Paper Accepted
I am coauthor of a paper recently accepted for publication in The Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology: "The effects of incubation temperature and experimental design on heart rates of lizard embryos". This was a project that was conducted by undergraduate REU's in the Warner lab during summer of 2016.
8.16.17: Paper Accepted
I have a new paper accepted for publication in The Biological Journal of the Linnean Society: "Body size and reproduction of a non-native lizard are enhanced in an urban environment."
8.9.17: School Days Begin!
Today is Hazel's first day of Kindergarten! She is so excited, and I am so...nervous. Not sure why. I hope that as she embarks of this great journey of education she will always stay curious and hungry for knowledge...and act more like her mother while at school and less like her father...
6.11.17: Paper Accepted
I have a new paper accepted for publication in Copeia: "Winter Microhabitat Selection and Growth of Jacky Dragons."
6.6.17: Field Work in Miami
5.2.17: Advance to PhD Candidate
3.4.17: Anole Annals Blog
Read my latest blog: click here.
2.23.17: Alabama Academy of Science
I presented my 2016 research at the yearly conference of the Alabama Academy of Science. I really enjoyed meeting with local scientists at AAS and hearing E.O. Wilson deliver the keynote address.
1.7.17: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
I presented my 2016 research at SICB 2017. Read about it here.
11.25.16: Big Cypress Tree State Park
8.14.16: Conecuh National Forest
6.24.16: Three-Legged Green Anole
5.22.16: Anoles are Active in Alabama
Hazel and I took a brief Sunday afternoon stroll today intending to spot a few lizards. Needless to say, it turned out to be a great day for observing anolis behavior. In our apartment complex, these beauties show up strikingly well against the rusty-red brick buildings.
05.04.16: Field Work in Miami - Photos
04.30.16: Field Work in Miami, FL
03.22.16: New Record for Amphibians in Tennessee
03.12.16: The Little Bear is Finally Here!!!
“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture—that is immortality enough for me. And as much as anyone deserves.” ― Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire