Myrna H. P. HALL

Research Associate

Department of Environmental Studies

 

Director Center for the Urban Environment
SUNY College
of Environmental

Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF)
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210

Tel: (315) 470-4741 
Fax: (315) 470-6930

Email: mhhall@esf.edu 

President/Owner 
Geographic Modeling Services (GMS)
4090 Barker Hill Road
Jamesville, NY 13078

Tel: (315) 469-7271 
Email: geomod@twcny.rr.com 


PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS: Integrating simulation modeling and GIS for studying the interaction of 
humans and their environment, natural resources management, issues of 
sustainable development, graphic information visualization, and foreign 
language communication.

EDUCATION: M.S.1995 Natural Resources Management, State University of New York
College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY

BA 1967 French, Education, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, Named UW Outstanding Senior Woman 1967
Other Studies: University of Washington Graduate Program in Architecture, 1984-1985.

LANGUAGES: English, French, and Spanish

RESEARCH: SUNY Research Foundation Projects

2006-2008

An Integrated Monitoring/Modeling Framework for Assessing

Human-Nature Interactions in Urbanizing Watersheds: Onondaga and Wappinger Creeks, Co-PI, Sponsor: Syracuse Center of Excellence

2006-2008

Forest and Agriculture Resource Impact Analysis, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Highlands Regional Study, Joint ESF-Yale Study, M. Hall, ESF PI, Sponsor: USDA Forest Service

2006-2008

Growth and Impact Analysis, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Highlands Regional Study, Joint ESF-Yale project, M. Hall ESF PI, Sponsor: USDA Forest Service

2004-2008

Predicting Future Water Quality from Land Use Change Projections in the New York City Catskill-Delaware Watersheds.

M. Hall, PI. Joint ESF-Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sudies Project, Sponsor NY State DEC, EPA SWDA

2002-2004

Forest Fragmentation in the Northeastern United States, Joint ESF-Yale School of Forestry Project, M. Hall, ESF P.I., Sponsor: USDA Forest Service


RESEARCH: Geographic Modeling Services Projects

2001-2003

Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation Baseline for Potential Carbon Offset Projects in the States of Chiapas, Michoacan and Campeche, Mexico. US AID funded research contract with Winrock Intl. Sandra Brown, PI.

2001-2002

Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation Baseline for the Scolel Té Region of Chiapas, Mexico, 1996 – 2030, with J. D. Cornell.  EPA-funded research contract with Winrock Intl. Sandra Brown, PI.

2001-2002

Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation and Regeneration Baseline for the Guaraqueçaba (Itaqui) Climate Action Project, Brazil, for The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA.

2001-2002

Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation Baseline for the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project, Bolivia.  EPA-funded research contract with Winrock International.  Sandra Brown, PI.

2003

Analysis of Chronic Toxicity to Benthic Organisms of Onondaga Lake Sediments.  Funded by EPA Technical Assistance Grant to Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Syracuse, NY.

1999

GIS Analysis of Wetland Loss in Onondaga County to determine feasibility of creating constructed wetlands in urban Syracuse, NY.  Joint ESF-Atlantic States Legal Foundation EPA-funded grant.

1998 

Computer Visualization and GIS Data Base Query Program for Onondaga Lake Super Fund Site, EPA Technical Assistance Grant, for Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Syracuse, NY

1996-1997

Non-point Source Pollution Modeling, Rio Piedras Watershed, for San Juan Bay Estuary Project, San Juan, PR, Computer Visualization, for Caribbean National Forest Visitors' Center, El Portal, Puerto Rico Environmental Gradient Modeling of Commercial Species Growth and Distribution, for USDA Forest Service

1995 - 1996

GIS Subcontractor, for South Florida Water Management District Contract C-5348, linking GIS to Object-Oriented Hydrological Model.

1995 

Modeling Human Carrying Capacity through Sustainable Forestry Practices, Maya Biosphere Reserve, for Project OLAFO, CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica

1993 - 1994

Computer Visualization of Glacier and Vegetation Change as a Function of Different Climate Scenarios, for Apgar Visitors Center, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT

1992 

Forest cover and wildlife habitat modeling, for USDA Forest Service, Lolo National Forest, Missoula, MT

1991 

Translation of GIS software commands into French and Spanish; for Resources Planning Associates, Inc., Ithaca, NY

 

EXPERIENCE: Teaching -- US

2007- Present

Research Associate, Full Time Teaching, Dept. of Environmental Studies

2001- 2007

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF

2000

Visiting Assistant Professor, SUNY-ESF, Faculty of Environmental Forest Biology

1994 - 1999

Visiting Instructor, SUNY-ESF, Faculty of Environmental Forest Biology

1993- 2002

Instructor, Geographical Modeling Workshops, SUNY-ESF, Division of Continuing Education

                         

EXPERIENCE: Teaching/Workshops -- Latin America (in Spanish)

1996, 1999,

2005, 2008

Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina, 2-week course, part of MS program in the Facultad de Veterinaria y Agricultura

2004

Centro de Investigación Y de Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV), Merida, Yucatan, Mexico; 2-day workshop

2000

Centro de Investigaciones de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia; Sponsor: Conservation Food and Health Foundation; 2-week course

1997

Instituto de Investigaciones de Ecología y Media Ambiente, Tarija, Bolivia; 2-week course

1995 

Instituto de Ecología, Jalapa, Mexico; Sponsor, USIA-sponsored, 2-week course

1994 

Universidad Nacional Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco, Mexico DF, Mexico.; Sponsor: USIA-sponsored, 2-week course


PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

 

Echeverria, C., D. Coomes, M. Hall,  A. Newton. 2008. The application of GIS-based modeling techniques to analyze the patterns of forest loss and fragmentation between 1976 and 2020 in southern Chile, Ecological Modeling 212, 439-49.

 

Brown, S., M. Hall, K. Andrasko, F. Ruiz, W. Marzoli, G. Guerrero, O. Masera, A. Dushku, B. DeJong, and J. Cornell. 2007. Baselines for land-use change in the tropics: Application to avoided deforestation projects. Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Global Change 12 (6) 1001-1026

 

Hall, M. H. P. and D. B. Fagre, 2003.  Modeled Climate-Induced Glacier Change in Glacier National Park, 1850- 2100. Bioscience 53: 131-140 (cover article).

 

Hall, C.A.S, and M.H.P. Hall, 1993. The efficiency of land and energy use in tropical economies and agriculture, Agriculture, Ecosystems and  Environment 46(1993) 1-30.

 

Wang, H. Q., C. A. S. Hall, J. D. Cornell, and M. H. P. Hall. 2002. Spatial dependence and the relationship of soil organic carbon and soil moisture in the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico, Landscape Ecology, 17 (8): 671-684, December 2002.

 

 

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

 

Hong, B., K. E. Limburg, M. H. Hall, and J. D. Erickson, 2007. Scenario Analysis of Economy-Ecology Interactions in the Hudson River Basin, pp. 97-112 in Erickson, J. D., F. Messner, and I.  Ring (Eds.), Advances in the Economics of Environmental Resources Vol. 7: Ecological Economics of Sustainable Watershed Management. JAI press, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

 

Hall, M. H. P., A. Dushku, and S. Brown, 2007. Scale Issues in Developing a Deforestation Baseline for the Region of the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project, Bolivia, in G. LeClerc and C. A. S. Hall (eds.) Making Development Work: Scientific Alternatives to Neoclassical Economic Theory, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM.

 

Hall, M.H.P, C.A.S. Hall and M.R. Taylor, 2000. Geographical  Modeling: The Synthesis of GIS and Simulation Modeling, pp177-202  in Hall, C. A. S. (Ed.), Quantifying Sustainable Development, The  Future of Tropical Economies, Academic Press, San Diego.

 

Hall, C. A. S., M. Hall, and B. Aguilar, 2000. A Brief Historical and  Visual Introduction to Costa Rica, PP 19-42 in Hall, C. A. S. (Ed.),  Quantifying Sustainable Development, The Future of Tropical  Economies, Academic Press, San Diego.

 

Hall, M. H. P. and C. A. S. Hall, 1998. The Use of Geographic Modeling to Analyze Agricultural Energy Return on Investment,  Proceedings: International Workshop on Advances in Energy Studies,  Porto Venere, Italy, May 26-30, 1998. 
 

 OTHER PUBLICATIONS/REPORTS:

 

Tyrrell, M., M. H. P. Hall, and R. N. Sampson. 2003. Dynamic Models of Land Use Change in Northeastern USA: Developing Tools, Techniques, and Talents for Effective Conservation Action, Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry Research Paper 003, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Available for download at: http://research.yale.edu/gisf/publications/index.html

 

Hall, M. H. P. and G. Guerrero, O. Masera, 2003. Modeling Deforestation Baselines using GEOMOD for the Calakmul and Meseta Purépecha Regions in Mexico, http://www.ine.gob.mx/dgicurg/cclimatico/download/Deforestation%20baselines-Appendix%202.pdf

 

Hall, M. H. P., D. Hughes, J. Mead, and P. Thompson. 2003. Quantification of Extent and Level of Benthic Toxicity of Onondaga Lake Sediments, Report to Atlantic States Legal Foundation, EPA Technical Assistance Grant.

 

Hughes, D., M. H. P. Hall, and S. Sage. 2003. Onondaga Lakes Contaminated Sediments: Characterization and Public Policy Implications. http://www.epa.gov/superfund/resources/sediment/sedforum/hughes.pdf

 

Hall, M. H. P. and A. Dushku. 2002. Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation Baseline for the Noel Kempff Mercado Climate Action Project, Bolivia.  Winrock International, EPA-supported Research,

http://www.winrock.org/general/Publications/EcoCoop.pdf.

 

Hall, M. H. P. and J. D. Cornell. 2002. Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation Baseline for the Scolel Té Region of Chiapas, Mexico, 1996 – 2030.  Winrock International, EPA-supported Research,

http://www.winrock.org/what/PDF/eco/Product%206%20GEOMOD%20Chiapas.pdf.

 

Hall, M. H. P. 2002. Spatial Modeling of the Averted Deforestation and Regeneration Baseline for the Guaraqueçaba (Itaqui) Climate Action Project, Brazil.  Winrock International, EPA–supported Research,

http://www.winrock.org/what/PDF/eco/Product%204%20Geomod%20to%20GCAP.pdf.

 

Brown, S.,  M. H. P. Hall, F. Ruiz, A. Flamenco, B. DeJong, L. Auckland, O. Masera, and D. Shoch. 2002. Land Use and Forestry Projects that Abate Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Baselines and Additionality. Winrock International, US AID-supported Research.  http://www.irgltd.com/irgltd/Pubs/LAC/2002-04%20Land%20Use%20and%20Forestry%20Projects%20That%20Abate%20GHG-Mexico.pdf

 

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

 

Nutrient Loading, Agriculture, Forest Cover and Impervious Surfaces Now and in the Future: How Long Can Filtration Be Avoided in the New York City Watershed?  New York State GIS Conference, Syracuse, NY, October, 2008.

 

Five estimates of future development growth in the NY City West of Hudson Watersheds and their implications for Water Quality.  New York City Watershed Science and Technology Symposium, West Point, NY, September, 2008. 

 

Land Use / Land Cover Classification and Change Detection of the Catskill/Delaware Watersheds from 1975 to 2002 Using Cross-Correlation Analysis, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Central New York Region, Syracuse, NY, June 2008 (Invited Speaker)

 

Land Use Change 1975 – 2007, documented from space and public databases, presentation to Catskill Watershed Stakeholders, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville, NY, June 2008.

 

Quantifying and modeling future water quality as a function of projected land use change in the New York City drinking water catchments, presentation to Catskill Watershed Stakeholders, Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Arkville, NY, June 2008.

 

Quantifying future water quality as a function of projected land use change in the New York City drinking water catchments.  American Association of Geographers Meeting, Boston, MA, April, 2008.

 

Predicting Future Water Quality from Land Use Land Cover Change Projections in the New York City Watersheds,  Forest Ecosystem Services Conference, Valdivia, Chile, November, 2007. (Invited keynote speaker)

 

An assessment of development pressure and water quality degradation in the New York City Catskill-Delaware watersheds, US Society of Ecological Economics Meeting, New York, NY, June 2007.

 

Predicting Future Water Quality for New York City as a Function of Changing Land Use in the Catskill Mountains, Emerging Issues at the Urban-Rural Interface Conference, Atlanta, GA, April, 2007.

 

Pennsylvania Highlands Growth Modeling Results, Pennsylvania Highlands Land Use Change Workshop with project partners, local developers, NGOs, govt. organizations, March, 2007, French Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

 

Connecticut Highlands Growth Modeling Results, Connecticut Highlands Land Use Change Workshop with project partners, local developers, NGOs, govt. organizations,, January 2007, Torrington, Connecticut

 

Modeling Averted Deforestation Carbon Baselines in the Calakmul using GEOMOD, US AID sponsored –meeting, SEMARNAP, Mexico City, Mexico, March, 2003.

 

 

 

OTHER SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES:

 

·   Coordinated initiation of ESF’s Urban Environmental Science Minor, and developed the program’s corner stone interdisciplinary field-based course in Urban Ecology (2001- 2007).  

·   Wrote two successful USDA Multi-Cultural Scholars Grant proposals ($200,000 each) to provide full four-year support for 10 ESF undergraduate students from underrepresented populations.

·   Working with various groups working toward conservation of the Catskills landscape

·   Working with Atlantic States Legal Foundation to foster green infrastructure implementation in Syracuse, NY