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
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
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