Saint Louis University

Damon Hall, Ph.D.

Damon HallProfessional experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Center for Sustainability, Saint Louis University
Postdoctoral Research in Sustainability Science, University of Maine


Boone & Crockett Ph.D. Fellowship in Conservation Policy, Texas A&M University

Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, Saint Louis University


Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
M.A. in Communication, Purdue University
B.S. in Agriculture, Purdue University

Research interests

Dr. Hall's research examines the interactions between social and ecological systems where science, policy, and culture meet. He is interested in trends in environmental decision-making, policy formation/implementation, and the sciences that are increasingly integrating local communities in planning. His research is transdisciplinary in that it engages stakeholders, managers, and scientists to design transformational solutions that make sense to how people-whose behavior is the target of policy-commonly experience their world. He was a Sustainability Science Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative: A National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary portfolio of sustainability science projects that links university research with stakeholders to best align science, decision-making, policy, and place. His dissertation research was sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and involved understanding riverfront landowners' perceptions of federal, state, and local riparian management on the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Selected teaching

Research Methods (UPD 5100)
Sustainability Foundations (SUS 5010)
Sustainability in Society and Cultures (SUS 5030)
Environmental Politics and Policy (SUS 5100)


Selected publications

Hall, D.M., Feldpausch-Parker, A., Peterson T.R., Stephens J., Wilson E.J. 2017. Social-ecological system resonance: a framework for brokering sustainable solutions. Sustainability Science, 12(3):381-392          

Boettge, B., Hall, D.M., Crawford T. 2017. Assessing the bicycle network in St. Louis: A place-based user-centered approach. Sustainability, 9:1-18. 

Hall, D.M., Camilo, G.D., Tonietto, R.K., Ollerton, J., Ahrné, K., Arduser, M., Ascher, J.S., Baldock, K.C.R., Fowler, R.E., Frankie, G.W., Goulson, D., Gunnarsson, B., Hanley, M.E., Jackson, J.I., Langellotto, G., Lowenstein, D., Minor, E.S., Philpott, S.M., Potts, S.G., Sirohi, M.H., Spevak, E.M., Stone, G., Threlfall, C., (2016). The city as a refuge for insect pollinators. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12840

Burr, A., Schaeg, N., Muñiz, P., Camilo, G.D., Hall, D.M. (2016). Wild bees in the city: Reimagining urban spaces for native bee health. Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development, 16(1): 96-121.

Hall, D.M., Gilbertz, S.J., Anderson, M., Ward, L. (2016). Beyond "buy-in": Designing citizen participation in water planning as research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133:725-734.

Hall, D. M., Swannack, T. M., Lazarus, E. D., Peterson, M. J., Gilbertz, S. J., Horton, C. C., & Peterson, T. R., (2015). Integrating social power and political influence into models of social-ecological systems. European Journal of Sustainable Development, 4, 4.

Hall, D. M., Lazarus, E. D. (2015). Deep waters: Lessons from community meetings about offshore wind resource development in the US. Marine Policy, 57, 9–17. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.004

Hall, D. M., Lazarus, E. D., & Swannack, T. S. (2014). Strategies for communicating systems models. Environmental Modelling & Software, 55, 70−76. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.01.007

Hall, D. M., Gilbertz, S., Horton, C., & Peterson, T. R. (2013). Integrating divergent representations of place into decision contexts. In W. P. Stewart, D. R. Williams, & L. E. Kruger (Eds.), Place-based conservation: Perspectives from the social sciences (pp. 121–136). New York, NY: Springer.

Hall, D. M., Gilbertz, S., Horton, C., & Peterson, T. R. (2012). Culture as a means to contextualize policy. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2(3): 222−233. doi:10.1007/s13412-012-0077-9

Hall, D. M., Silka, L., & Lindenfeld, L. (2012). Advancing science and improving quality of place: Linking knowledge with action in Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Maine Policy Review, 21(1), 22−29.

Lindenfeld, L., Hall, D. M., McGreavy, B., Silka, L., & Hart, D. (2012). Creating a place for environmental communication research in sustainability science. Environmental Communication: Journal of Nature and Culture, 6(1), 23–43. doi:10.1080/17524032.2011.640702

Peterson, M. J., Hall, D. M., Feldpausch, A. M., & Peterson, T. R. (2010). Obscuring ecosystem function with application of the ecosystem services concept. Conservation Biology, 24(1), 113−119. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01305.x

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