Sharon Hall

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Advisory Board Member, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


Dr. Hall studies the consequences of human activity on the cycling of nutrients within and between terrestrial ecosystems. She uses an experimental approach to pursue questions across ecosystem types (tropical, temperate, arid, urban) and at multiple scales (microbial to regional and global). Her current research investigates 1) the effects of anthropogenic nutrient deposition of carbon and nitrogen on ecosystem processes, and 2) the effects of land use on land cover on ecosystem functioning. Dr. Hall teaches courses on biology and society, soil ecology, and the socio-ecology of residential landscapes.


biogeochemistry; land use change; agriculture; soil processes; environmental choices; air quality; ecosystem services


PhD, Soil Science, University of California - Berkeley, 1998

EdM, Education, Harvard University, 1992

BS, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, 1990

Journal Articles


Marusenko, Y. Y., F. Garcia-Pichel and S. J. Hall. 2015. Ammonia-oxidizing archaea respond positively to inorganic nitrogen addition in desert soils. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 91(2):1-11. DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiu023. (link)

Shuster, W. D., S. D. Dadio, C. E. Burkman, S. R. Earl and S. J. Hall. 2015. Hydropedological assessment of parcel-level infiltration in an arid urban ecosystem. Soil Science Society of America Journal Open Access. DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2014.05.0200. (link)


Groffman, P. M., J. Cavender-Bares, N. D. Bettez, J. M. Grove, S. J. Hall, J. B. Heffernan, S. E. Hobbie, K. L. Larson, J. L. Morse, C. Neill, K. C. Nelson, J. Oneill-Dunne, L. Ogden, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury and M. K. Steele. 2014. Ecological homogenization of urban America. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(1):74-81. DOI: 10.1890/120374. (link)

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Heavenrich, H. R., S. J. Hall, J. Rittenhouse and C. Holmes. 2015. Where has all the nitrogen gone? Investigating soil nutrients during the transition from lawn to xeric landscapes. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Learned, J. and S. J. Hall. 2015. Residential microclimates mitigate the UHI in cities across the US. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

Shaw, J., S. J. Hall and J. Learned. 2015. Patterns of surface rock cover and implications for plant, water, and nutrient dynamics at long-term ecological research sites in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link)

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Pearse, W. D., J. Cavender-Bares, S. E. Hobbie, N. D. Bettez, L. Darling, C. Neill, P. M. Groffman, S. J. Hall, J. B. Heffernan, K. L. Larson, J. L. Morse, K. C. Nelson, J. O'Neil-Dunne, D. E. Pataki, C. Polsky, R. R. Chowdhury and M. K. Steele. 2014. Homogenization of plant diversity in six major USA cites: Integrating socio-economic, environmental, and phylogenetic information. Presentation at the From Oceans to Mountains, 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 10-15 August 2014, Sacramento, California. (link)


Cook, E., C. Strawhacker, K. L. Larson and S. J. Hall. 2009. Values and other social drivers of the management and ecological properties of residential landscapes in Phoenix, Arizona. Presentation at the August 2-7, 2009 94th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Albuquerque, NM.

Grimm, N. B., E. Cook, S. R. Earl, R. L. Hale, S. J. Hall, H. E. Hartnett, D. Iwaniec, E. K. Larson, M. R. McHale and R. A. Sponseller. 2009. Ecosystem biogeochemical function and services in an urbanizing desert region. Presentation December 14-18 at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

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Conference Papers


Trujillo, J. E., M. Kruse-Peeples, S. J. Hall, K. A. Spielmann and D. K. Nakase. 2011. Legacies on the landscape: Long-term socio-ecological interaction in the southwestern United States. In: Eaton, M. and P. Landres eds., May 24-28, 2010. Albuquerque, NM. Proceedings RMRS-P-000. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mount.



Larson, K. L., S. J. Hall, E. M. Cook, B. M. Funke, C. Strawhacker and V. K. Turner. 2009. Social-ecological dynamics of residential landscapes: Human drivers of management practices and ecological structure in an urban ecosystem context. Final Report from IGERT workshop Fall 2008 Schools of Geography, Sustainability, Life Science and Hu.


Graf, W. L., L. Aben, L. Amoroso, J. R. Anderson, J. Armstrong, J. B. Bartley, V. Beauchamp, J. R. Cox, J. Curro, B. Dveris, J. W. Edmonds, S. Fairchild, K. C. Fergason, M. Fonstad, R. Gomes, S. J. Hall, M. Henze, G. Hilley, J. Johnson, C. Johnson, J. Keane, C. Levine, S. McGuire, C. O'Day, E. Prudhomme, R. Richter, W. J. Roach, M. Roberge, N. Villa, R. Vose, Z. Washburn, J. R. Welter and M. Zoldack. 1999. Hydraulics and history: Channel change on the Salt River in the Phoenix metropolitan area. As part of the CAP LTER project. Student and faculty created book containing preliminary research results. .