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Rebecca Hale

Rebecca Hale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Social Ecological Science

Office: Life Sciences 435A

(208) 282-6183


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Socio-Eco-Hydrology Research Lab

Our lab research sits at the interface of ecosystem ecology, hydrology, geography, sociology, and history.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Hale joined ISU in 2015 as an Assistant Research Professor. Trained as an ecosystem ecologist, Dr. Hale's research addresses nutrient and water cycling in social-ecological -technological systems and interactions between infrastructure, ecosystems, human perceptions, and environmental management. Her research has included social and ecological aspects of urban stormwater management, historical changes in nutrient management and cycling at regional scales, and social and biophysical determinants of flood risk.


2013, Ph.D. Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
2005, B.A. Ecology and Environmental Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Selected Publications

Hale, RL, A Armstrong, MA Baker, S Bedingfield, D Betts, C Buahin, M Buchert, T Crowl, RR Dupont, JR Ehleringer, J Endter-Wada, C Flint, J Grant, S Hinners, JS Horsburgh, D Jackson-Smith, AS Jones, C Licon, SE Null, A Odame, DE Pataki, D Rosenberg, M Runburg, P Stoker, C Strong. 2015. Integrated structure-actor-water framework for socio-eco-hydrological systems research. Earth's Future 3(3):110-132. DOI: 10.1002/2014EF000295

Hale RL, NB Grimm, B Fekete, CJ Vörösmarty. 2015. Nitrogen and phosphorus fluxes from watersheds of the northeastern United States from 1930-2000: Role of anthropogenic nutrient inputs, infrastructure, and runoff. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. DOI: 10.1002/2014GB004909

Hale RL, L Turnbull, S Earl, DL Childers, NB Grimm. 2015. Stormwater infrastructure controls runoff and dissolved material export from arid urban watersheds. Ecosystems 18(1): 62-75. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9812-2

Hale RL, L Turnbull, S Earl, N Grimm, K Riha, G Michalski, KA Lohse, D Childers. 2014. Sources and transport of nitrogen in arid urban watersheds. Environmental Science Technology 48(11): 6211-6219. DOI: 10.1021/es501039t

Hale RL, J Hoover, W Wollheim, CJ Vörösmarty. 2013. History of nutrient inputs to the northeastern United States, 1930-2000. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 27:578-591.