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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3.27.2019: Fellowship awarded
I have been awarded a Harry Merriwether Fellowship. This fellowship was given to Auburn University by an anonymous donor in honor of Harry Merriwether, an outstanding graduate of this University in the Class of 1943. It provides a $2,000 stipend to 4 graduate students across Auburn University's graduate programs based on academic excellence and professional promise.
2.4.2019: Natural history note accepted
12.6.2018: Paper accepted
11.17.2018: Best Oral Presentation
10.20.2018: Salamander Days in Alabama
9.28.2018: Best Oral Presentation
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.
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.
11.24.17: Big Cypress Tree State Park
“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