Doctor Mark Hall

Doctor Mark Hall was awarded a Research Support Program Fellowship in 2021. His research centres on Protected Cropping and Stingless Bees.

Mark is a landscape and community ecologist with research interests in pollination ecology, global change biology, behavioural ecology and agroecology. Mark joined the HIE in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stingless Bee Biology and Pollination Services under the Plant and Animal Interaction theme, led by Professor James Cook. His work involves examining the behavior and pollination efficiency of stingless bees in the production of glasshouse vegetables. It is conducted in conjunction with Hort Innovation.

Prior to this, Mark worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Here, he explored interactions between different insect pollinators and their effect on pollination and reproduction of plant species, including raspberry crops, native and introduced plants.

His PhD investigated the importance of native vegetation within rural landscapes in supporting bird and pollinator communities. This in part explored the distribution of native bees within agricultural landscapes, including an investigation of the behavioural and morphological traits that mediate species presence within different habitats common to agricultural landscapes.

Areas of research/teaching expertise

Landscape ecology, pollinators and pollination, community ecology, species interactions, agroecology, threatened species, plant and animal biology, statistics

Awards and recognition
  • Research Support Program Fellow (Level A) - Protected Cropping and Stingless Bees (2 yrs), 2021
  • SCBO Best Student Presentation at the International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) 2017, Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment – ANZ Trustees (2014-2016)
  • Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award – Birdlife Australia (2015)
  • Rotary Club of Balwyn Global Environmental Sustainability Award (2017)
  • Ecological Society of Australia Student Travel Grant (2017)
  • Securing Food, Water and the Environment Student Publication Award (2017-2018)
Professional Service
  • Board Member and Social Media Manager, Wild Pollinators Oceania (2018-present)
  • Board Member, Wild Pollinator Count (2017-present) - (opens in a new window)
  • Coordinator, Ecology Postgrads Victoria (2015-present)
  • Vice President, Birdlife Melbourne Branch (2015-2017)
  • Conference organising committee member, Deakin University HDR Conference (2014)
Selected publications

Hall MA, Brettell LE, Liu H, Nacko S, Spooner-Hart R, Riegler M, Cook JM, (2021) 'Temporal changes in the microbiome of stingless bee foragers following colony relocation', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, vol.97, no.1, fiaa236

Kendall LK, Evans LJ, Gee M, Smith TJ, Gagic V, Lobaton JD, Hall MA, Jones J, Kirkland L, Saunders ME, Sonter C, Cutting BT, Parks S, Hogendoorn K, Spurr C, Gracie A, Simpson M, Rader R, (2021) 'The effect of protective covers on pollinator health and pollination service delivery', Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, vol.319, Article no.107556

Hall MA, Jones J, Rocchetti M, Wright D, Rader R, (2020) 'Bee Visitation and Fruit Quality in Berries Under Protected Cropping Vary Along the Length of Polytunnels', Journal of Economic Entomology, vol.113, no.3, pp 1337-1346

Nacko S, Hall M, Duncan M, Cook J, Riegler M, Spooner-Hart R, (2020) 'Scientific note on small hive beetle infestation of stingless bee (Tetragonula carbonaria) colony following a heat wave', Apidologie, vol.51, no.6, pp 1199-1201

Hall M, (2018) 'Blue and yellow vane traps differ in their sampling effectiveness for wild bees in both open and wooded habitats', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, vol.20, pp 487-495

Hall M, Nimmo D. Watson S, Bennett AF, (2018) 'Linear habitats in rural landscapes have complementary roles in bird conservation', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol.27, pp 2605-2623

Kendall LK, Rader R, Gagic V, Cariveau DP, Albrecht M, Baldock KCR, Freitas BM, Hall M, Holzschuh A, Molina FP, Morten JM, Pereira JS, Portman ZM, Roberts SPM, Rodriguez J, Russo L, Sutter L, Vereecken NJ, Bartomeus I, (2018) 'Pollinator size and its consequences: Predictive allometry for pollinating insects', bioRxiv. (opens in a new window)

Hall M, Nimmo D, Bennett AF, (2016) 'At the Crossroads: Does the Configuration of Roadside Vegetation Affect Woodland Bird Communities in Rural Landscapes?', PloS One, vol.11, no.5, Article no.e0155219

Nimmo DG, Haslem A, Radford JQ, Hall M, Bennett AF, (2015) 'Riparian tree cover enhances the resistance and stability of woodland bird communities during an extreme climatic event', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol.53, pp 449-458

Bennett JM, Nimmo DG, Clarke RH, Thomson JR, Cheers G, Horrocks GFB, Hall M, Radford JQ, Bennett AF, Mac Nally R, (2014) 'Resistance and resilience: can the abrupt end of extreme drought reverse avifaunal collapse?' Diversity and Distributions, vol.20, pp 1321–1332

Media and communication

Hall, M., Rocchetti, M., Wright, D. and Rader, R. 2018. Raspberry pollination: Bees visit less in the middle of polytunnels. Soilless Australia Vol 3, Spring 2018, pp. 13-15. (opens in a new window)

Shepparton News 10/2/17 - “Be bee-friendly” (opens in a new window)