2010 MSc in Natural Resources, University of Western Australia
2008 BS in Biology, Yale University
plant community ecology, restoration ecology
I am an ecologist interested in how temporal variability shapes plant communities. I care about this in relation to species conservation, and am studying whether precipitation variability drives transient invasion patterns in serpentine prairies. I also care about this in relation to ecosystem services, and am testing whether and to what degree species trade-offs maintain grassland productivity in variable-precipitation environments. I also have a keen interest in restoration ecology, and am leading a team to select and plant species along Strawberry Creek, which cuts through the UC Berkeley campus.
Hallett, L. M., J. S. Hsu, E. E. Cleland, S. L. Collins, T. L. Dickson, E. C. Farrer, K. L. Gross, L. A. Gherardi, R. J. Hobbs, L. Turnbull, K. N. Suding. In press. Biotic mechanisms of community stability shift along a precipitation gradient. Ecology.
Cleland, E.E., S.L. Collins, T.L. Dickson, E.C. Farrer, K.L. Gross, L.A. Gherardi, L.M. Hallett, R.J. Hobbs, J.S. Hsu, K.N. Suding, L. Turnbull. 2013. Sensitivity of grassland plant community composition to spatial versus temporal variation in precipitation. Ecology 94(8): 1687-1696.
Hallett, L.M., S. Diver, M.V. Eitzel, J.J. Olson, B.S. Ramage, H. Sardinas, Z. Statman-Weil, K.N. Suding. 2013. Do we practice what we preach? Goal setting for ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 21(3): 312-319.
Shackelford, N., R.J. Hobbs, N. Heller, L.M. Hallett, T. Seastedt. 2013. Finding a middle-ground: The native/non-native debate. Biological Conservation 158(2): 55-62.
Hallett, L.M., R.J. Standish, K.B. Hulvey, M.A. Gardener, K.N. Suding, B.M. Starzomski, S.M. Murphy, J.A. Harris. 2013. Toward a conceptual framework for novel ecosystems. Hobbs, R.J., E. Higgs, and C.A. Hall, eds. Novel Ecosystems: when and how do we intervene in the new ecological world order? Wiley-Blackwell.
Eitzel, M.V., S. Diver, H. Sardiñas, L.M. Hallett, J.J. Olson, A. Romero, G.L.T. Oliveira, A.T. Schuknecht, R. Tidmore, and K.N. Suding. 2012. Insights from a cross-disciplinary seminar: 10 pivotal papers for ecological restoration. Restoration Ecology 20(2): 147-152.
La Pierre, K.J., S. Yuan, C. Chang, M.L. Avolio, L.M. Hallett, T.K. Schreck, and M.D. Smith. 2011. Explaining temporal variation in above-ground productivity in a mesic grassland: the role of climate and flowering. Journal of Ecology 99(5): 1250-1262.
Hallett, L.M., R.J. Standish, and R.J. Hobbs. 2011. Seed mass and summer drought survival in a Mediterranean-climate ecosystem. Plant Ecology 212(9): 1479-1489.
Hobbs, R.J., L.M. Hallett, P.R. Ehrlich, and H.A. Mooney. 2011. Intervention ecology: applying ecological science in the 21st century. Bioscience 61(6): 442-450.
Honors and Awards
2013-2015 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
2013-2014 Philomathia Graduate Fellowship in the Environmental Sciences
2010-2012 Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study, UCB
2008 Fulbright Scholar to Australia
2008 Edgar J. Boell Prize for excellence in biology, Yale University