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Dr. Kimberly Hall

Kim Hall

Climate Change Ecologist & Terrestrial Resilience Project Manager

I am trained as a landscape and forest ecologist, and have spent most of the past decade researching risks to nature and people associated with climate change. In my current position, I serve as a Climate Change Ecologist, and manage a climate change resilience mapping project focused on the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions of the US. I report to the LANDFIRE team within the North America Science program, and collaborate with colleagues across the Conservancy on strategies and tools for climate change adaptation. From 2008 to 2014, I was part of the Conservancy’s Great Lakes Project, which works with partners to restore and maintain the Great Lakes system. As part of the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy team I worked with colleagues and partners to ensure that our actions and strategies protecting this incredible freshwater resource were designed, prioritized, implemented and monitored in ways that accounted for climate change risks. Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2008, I received my Master’s and PhD from the University of Michigan, and conducted research focused on understanding connections between forest conditions and habitat quality for migratory songbirds in northern forests. I am based in Lansing, Michigan and currently hold adjunct faculty positions at Michigan State University in the Departments of Forestry and Fisheries & Wildlife.

In my current position, I manage an expansion of the “Conserving Nature’s Stage” Project, which began with pioneering work led by Mark Anderson in the Eastern Division to develop Terrestrial Resilience maps for the eastern US. Building from a delineation of ecological “stages” (combinations of geology, soils, and elevation), these maps highlight areas that have the most topographic diversity, and best local connectivity. This approach allows us to identify sites with similar characteristics, and then rank them based on characteristics that should enhance the ability of species to adapt to changes in climate. This body of work, including new results for northwestern ecoregions, has primarily been funded by grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In addition to managing the Terrestrial Resilience project, I am engaged in several other projects focused on evaluating climate change risks, or developing and testing adaptation strategies. I collaborate with a team from the University of Notre Dame to share climate change adaptation knowledge and tools through a Climate Adaptation Collaboratory, and am assisting a team from Conservancy chapters in New York that are creating an innovative, map-based toolkit for practitioners that are evaluating options for adaptation. I will also be co-leading a Science for Nature and People (SNAP) working group focused on planning for climate change related increases in drought in North America. Our goal is to synthesize information on ecological impacts in a wide variety of ecosystem types, and improve the integration of adaptation strategies that benefit both natural systems and people into local-scale drought preparedness efforts.

While working for the Conservancy, I have had the great fortune of being able to contribute to several multi-partner efforts to advance the field of climate change adaptation. Several years ago, I was part of the team that developed NatureServe’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index, and contributed to updates of the Conservancy’s guidance on how to conduct regional-scale conservation planning. More recently, I was part of a group organized by the National Wildlife Federation to develop comprehensive guidance on best practices in climate change adaptation. I currently represent the Conservancy on the Federal Advisory Committee for USGS’s Climate Science Centers & the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, and serve on the Program Committee for the National Adaptation Forum.



Hall, K.R. In press. A new era for ecologists: Incorporating climate change into natural resource management. Chapter 1 in: Root, T.L., K.R. Hall, M. Herzog, and C. Howell, editors. Biodiversity in a Changing Climate: Linking Science and Management in Conservation. University of California Press, Oakland CA.

Root, T.L., K.R. Hall, M. Herzog, and C. Howell, editors. In Press. Biodiversity in a Changing Climate: Linking Science and Management in Conservation. University of California Press, Oakland CA.


Derby Lewis, A., R.K. Moseley, K.R. Hall, and J.J. Hellmann. 2014. Conservation of urban biodiversity under climate change: climate-smart management for Chicago green spaces. In: W. F. Leal (ed.) Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer Reference, Berlin. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-40455-9_11-2.

Ewert, D.N., K.R. Hall, R.J. Smith, and P.J. Rodewald. 2014. Landbird stopover in the Great Lakes region: Integrating habitat use and climate in conservation. Pages 15-41 in E.M. Wood and J.L. Kellerman (eds.). Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47). CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Gross, J. K. Johnson, P. Glick, and K. Hall. 2014. Understanding climate change impacts and vulnerability. Chapter 6 in: Stein, B.A., P. Glick, N. Edelson, A. Staudt (eds.), Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice. National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.

Hoffman, J. B. Stein, and K. Hall. 2014. Choosing your path: Evaluating and selecting adaptation options. Chapter 9 in: Stein, B.A., P. Glick, N. Edelson, A. Staudt (eds.), Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice. National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC.


Petersen, B.C., K.R. Hall, K.J. Kahl, and P.J. Doran. 2013. In their own words: Perceptions of climate change adaptation from the Great Lakes region’s resource management community. Environmental Practice 15: 377-392.

Legge, J., P.J. Doran, M. Herbert, J. Asher, G. O’Neil, S. Mysorekar, S. Sowa and K.R. Hall. 2013. From model outputs to conservation action: Prioritizing locations for implementing agricultural best management practices in a Midwestern Watershed. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 68:22-33.

Young, B.E, K.R. Hall, E. Byers, K. Gravuer, G. Hammerson, A. Redder, and K. Szabo. 2013. Rapid Assessment of Plant and Animal Vulnerability to Climate Change. Chapter 7 in: Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate, J. Brodie, E. Post, and D. Doak, editors. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.


Hall, K.R. 2012: Climate Change in the Midwest: Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystems. In: U.S. National Climate Assessment Midwest Technical Input Report. J. Winkler, J. Andresen, J. Hatfield, D. Bidwell, and D. Brown, coordinators. Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment (GLISA) Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Groves, C.R., E.T. Game, M.G. Anderson, M. Cross, C. Enquist, Z. Ferdana, E. Girvetz, A. Gondor, K.R. Hall, J. Higgins, Rob Marshall, K. Popper, S. Schill, and S.L. Shafer. 2012. Incorporating climate change into systematic conservation planning. Biodviersity and Conservation [online open access at doi 10.1007/s10531-012-0269-3]

Hall, K.R. and T.L. Root. 2012. Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Great Lakes Region: From “Fingerprints” of Change To Helping Safeguard Species. Chapter 4 in Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region, Navigating an Uncertain Future, T. Dietz and D. Bidwell, editors. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI.

Ewert, D.N., K.R. Hall, J.M. Wunderle, Jr., D. Currie, S.M. Rockwell, S. Johnson, and J.D. White. 2012. Spring migration of Kirtland’s Warblers: How long and at what rate? The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124: 9-14.


Millington, J.D.A, M.B. Walters, M.S. Matonis, E.J. Laurent, K.R Hall, and J. Liu. 2011. Combined long-term effects of variable tree regeneration and timber management on forest songbirds and timber production Forest Ecology and Management 262 718-729 [doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2011.05.002].


Holmes, S.A., L.M. Curran, and K.R. Hall. 2008. White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) alter herbaceous species diversity and understory forest structure in the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan, USA. American Midland Naturalist 159: 83-97.

Hall, K.R. 2008. Comparing geographic boundaries in songbird demography data with vegetation boundaries: A new approach to delineating habitat quality. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 15:491-521.


Kearns, L., E. Silverman, and K.R. Hall. 2006. Black-throated blue warbler and Veery abundance in relation to understory composition in northern Michigan forests. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118: 461-470.

Shi, H., E.J. Laurent, J. LeBouton, L. Racevskis, K.R. Hall, M. Donovan, R.V. Doepker, M.B. Walters, F. Lupi, and J. Liu. 2006. Local spatial modeling of white-tailed deer distribution. Ecological Modelling 190: 171-189.


Root, T.L., J.T. Price, K.R. Hall, S.H. Schneider, C. Rosenzweig, and J.A. Pounds. 2003. “Fingerprints” of global warming on animals and plants around the globe. Nature 421: 57-60.


Hall, K.R., and S.L. Maruca. 2001. Mapping a forest mosaic: A comparison of vegetation and bird distributions using geographic boundary analysis. Plant Ecology 156: 105-120.

Kim Hall

Climate Change Ecologist & Terrestrial Resilience Project Manager

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