Doctor Mark Hall is a landscape and community ecologist with research interests in pollination ecology, global change biology, behavioural ecology and agroecology. Mark joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) in 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stingless Bee Biology and Pollination Services under the Plant and Animal Interaction theme, led by Professor James Cook. His work involves examining the behavior and pollination efficiency of stingless bees in the production of field and glasshouse vegetables. He is also investigating how bee health is related to site and hive conditions, and how the distribution of bees may be affected by climate change. The work is conducted in conjunction with Hort Innovation.
Prior to this, Mark worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. Here, he explored interactions between different insect pollinators and their effect on pollination and reproduction of plant species, including raspberry crops, native and introduced plants.
His PhD investigated the importance of native vegetation within rural landscapes in supporting bird and pollinator communities. This in part explored the distribution of native bees within agricultural landscapes, including an investigation of the behavioural and morphological traits that mediate species presence within different habitats common to agricultural landscapes.