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Hall, Donald

Retired Faculty
Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1962
Research Focus: Ecology

Donald J. Hall received his B.A from the University of North Carolina, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. After receiving his doctorate in 1962, he spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, and then joined the faculty at Cornell University. He came to Michigan State University as an Associate Professor in 1969, with appointments in the Department of Zoology and the Kellogg Biological Station. He was appointed Full Professor in 1972.

Professor Hall is an ecologist who has focused on studies of freshwater ecosystems. He has been a highly productive researcher and teacher. He has published more than 40 scientific papers, including several that have been recognized as classics in ecological sciences. He and his collaborators have received numerous research and training grants from agencies such as National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Of the more than two dozen M.S., Ph.D., and post-doctoral students whom Don has supervised, several are leading scholars in their fields. 

In addition to advising his own graduate students, Don has played a further important role in graduate education by directing the cross-college Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior from 1989-2004. Under Don’s leadership, that program has achieved national renown and is recognized as one of the most successful interdisciplinary graduate programs on campus. At the undergraduate level, Don is a highly popular teacher, and has taught many of our most important courses in ecology and evolutionary biology.

In retirement, Don will devote more time to reading and traveling.