B.S. with Honors in Animal Behavior - Southwestern University 2011Thesis: "Artificial Lighting and Anuran Calling Behavior"Advisor: Dr. Benjamin A. Pierce
Office: ERB 446
Lab: ERB 475
Department of Biology
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019-0498
As with many herpetologists, Alex's curiosity for animals began as naive kid catching critters in the neighborhood creek. Many years later, Alex began his focused study of amphibians through frog call surveys under advisement of Ben Pierce. Since that time, he pursued independent research on how artificial light could affect frog calling behavior and the potential repercussions of that interaction. Working with Dr. Pierce and Williamson County officials, Alex assisted in designing and implementing mark-recapture studies of the neotenic central Texas salamander, Eurycea naufragia. Working with Jesse Purdy and other SU students, Alex is investigating the tricky question of whether frog tadpoles can retain knowledge of an event through and after metamorphosis. At UT Arlington, he has begun inquiry into the possibility of past horizontal gene transfer in anurans with Jeff Streicher and the phylogenetic relationships within two Plethodontid salamander species with Paul Chippindale. Currently, Alex is learning about reptilian genomics and telling a computer exactly what it can do with a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Biagas, T. D., A. S. Hall, A. L. Ritzer, and B. A. Pierce. 2012. Time of day does not affect detection in visual-encounter surveys of a spring-dwelling salamander, Eurycea naufragia. The Southwestern Naturalist, 57:162-165.
Pierce, B.A., and A. S. Hall. (Provisionally Accepted). Call latency in anuran auditory surveys. Herpetological Conservation and Biology.
Hall, A. S. (Revise and Resubmit). Artificial lighting and anuran calling behavior.