Doctor Casey Hall

Dr Casey Hall joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment as a postdoctoral fellow in plant defence in September 2017. She works with Dr Scott Johnson on an ARC funded project looking at how elevated CO2 alters silicon and carbon based defences in grass and the effect of these changes on herbivorous insects.

Dr Hall completed her PhD in 2016 at Griffith University in Brisbane under the supervision of Professor Roger Kitching and Professor Tony Carroll. Casey used NMR and metabolomics techniques to investigate how temperature affects host plant secondary metabolites and associated herbivorous insects and their parasitoids in subtropical rainforest.

Areas of research

Entomology, Ecology, Climate change, Elevated CO2, Plant secondary metabolites, metabolomics

Selected publications

Hall CR, Dagg V, Waterman JM, Johnson SN, (2020) 'Silicon alters leaf surface morphology and suppresses insect herbivory in a model grass species', Plants, vol.9, no.5, Article no.643

Hall CR, Mickhael M, Hartley SE, Johnson SN, (2020) 'Elevated atmospheric CO2 suppresses jasmonate and silicon-based defences without affecting herbivores', Functional Ecology, vol.34, pp 993-1002

Johnson SN, Rowe RC, Hall CR, (2020) 'Aphid feeding induces phytohormonal cross-talk without affecting silicon defense against subsequent chewing herbivores', Plants, vol.9, no.8, Article no.1009, pp 1-12

Johnson SN, Rowe RC, Hall CR, (2020) 'Silicon is an inducible and effective herbivore defence againstHelicoverpa punctigera(Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in soybean', Bulletin of Entomological Research, vol.110, no.3, pp 417-422

Johnson SN, Waterman JM, Hall CR, (2020) 'Increased insect herbivore performance under elevated CO2 is associated with lower plant defence signalling and minimal declines in nutritional quality', Scientific Reports, vol.10, no.1, Article no.14553

Hall CR, Waterman JM, Vandegeer RK, Hartley SE, Johnson SN, (2019) 'The Role of Silicon in Antiherbivore Phytohormonal Signalling', Frontiers in Plant Science, vol.10, Article no.1132

Hall CR, Robertson LP, Carroll AR, Kitching RL, (2018) 'The effect of Psephodiplosis rubi ( Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) leaf galls on the secondary metabolite profiles of two congeneric host plants', Austral Entomology, vol.57, no.2, pp 228-237

Kolesik P, Hall CR, Kitching RL, Adair RJ, (2018) 'A new genus of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) inducing leaf galls on Rubus (Rosaceae)', Austral Entomology, vol.57, no.1, pp 85-91

Kolesik P, Hall CR, Kitching RL, Adair RJ, (2018) 'A new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) feeding on Solanum in Australia', Transactions of The Royal Society of South Australia, vol.142, no.1, pp 49-55

Robertson LP, Hall CR, Forster PI, Carroll AR, (2018) 'Alkaloid diversity in the leaves of Australian Flindersia (Rutaceae) species driven by adaptation to aridity', Phytochemistry, vol.152, pp 71-81

Hall C, Carroll A, Kitching R, (2016) ‘A meta-analysis of the effects of galling insects on host plant secondary metabolites’, Arthropod-Plant Interactions, vol.11, pp 463-473

Hall C, Burwell C, Kitching R, (2016) ‘Changes in function and temporal variation in a guild of gall-parasitoids across a temperature gradient in Australian subtropical rainforest’, Austral Ecology, vol.41, pp 145–153

Hall C, Burwell C, Nakamura A, Kitching R, (2015) ‘Altitudinal variation of parasitic Hymenoptera assemblages in Australian subtropical rainforest’, Austral Entomology, vol.54, pp 246-258