Research Interests

I am an ecologist interested in non-human species conservation in human-dominated landscapes. My approach to research is interdisciplinary as successful conservation often relies on perspectives and strategies from multiple disciplines and human practice. Most of my research experience is in the semi-arid environment of Western Rajasthan, India, one of the most densely human populated desert regions in the world. In Rajasthan my primary focus is the ecological and cultural relationships that exist between human populations and vultures. Vultures have traditionally performed a vital ecological service to humans by consumming livestock that the majority of Indians do not consume. A recent dramatic decline in vulture populations in India has facilitated a cascade of ecological, economic, and cultural changes in the region science is still trying to document and understand. In addition to research in India I am also interested in understanding landscape and other environmental dynamics that impact the recovery and range expansion of California Condors. The primary goal of my research program is to develop comprehensive conservation strategies for non-human species that accounts for human activity.

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Hall, J.C., Chhangani, A.K., and Warner, T.A. (2015) Spatial characteristics of nest sites of critically endangered Indian vultures (Gyps indicus) in Rajasthan, India. Indian Forester 141 (10): 1079-1083.

Hall, J.C. and Chhangani, A.K. (2015) Cultural tradition and wildlife conservation in the human-dominated landscape of rural Western Rajasthan, India. Indian Forester 141 (10): 1011-1019.

Hall, J.C. and Hamilton, I.M. (2014) Religious tradition of conservation associated with greater abundance of a keystone tree species in rural Western Rajasthan, India. Journal of Arid Environments 103: 11-16.

Hall, J.C., Chhangani, A.K., Waite, T., and Hamilton, I.M. (2012) The Impacts of La Niña induced drought and the Bishnoi people on Indian vulture (Gyps indicus) populations in Western Rajasthan. Bird Conservation International 22 (3): 247-259.