Brian Hall


PhD., DSc. (New England), LL.D (h.c., Calgary), FAAA, FRSC.

  • Recent Post Doctoral Fellows' Occupations
  • Recent Books written
  • Recent Books edited
  • Selected Journal Publications
  • Links
  • Research

    aving retired and become emeritus in July 2007 I no longer teach in the undergraduate programme.Time since 2007 has been used in research and writing on embryonic skeletal development and on evolutionary developmental biology, and in removing gout weed from half an acre of Nova Scotia.  

    Two post-doctoral fellows (Andrew Gillis and Kate Rawlinson) and a M.Sc. student (Zabrina Prescott) recently completed their time in the lab. Collaborative projects have resulted in publications in 2013-2015 on secondary cartilage in dinosaurs, the evolutionary origin of the endoderm, a model of condensation formation in skeletogenesis, and nasal cartilage as the pacemaker of human midfacial growth (see publications below).

    In October 2013 I delivered the Thomas S. Hall Lecture in the History of Science at Washington University, St. Louis, MO. In 2014 I was
    Plenary Lecturer at the 20th anniversary of the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) graduate programme at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. In June 2014 I received an honorary Doctors of Laws (LL.D) degree from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.


    Recent Post Doctoral Fellows and Ph.D. students Occupations

    •  Former post-doctoral fellow Andrew Gillis is a Royal Society Research Fellow at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.

    • Former post-doctoral fellow Ryan Kerney is an Assistant Professorship at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.

    • Former post-doctoral fellow Cory Bishop is an Associate Professor of Biology at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS.

    • Former Ph.D student Matt Vickaryous is an Associate Professor of Biomedical sciences at Guelph University, Guelph, Ontario.

    • Former Ph.D student Tim Fedak is Director/Curator of the Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia

    • Former post-doctoral fellow Tamara Franz Odendaal is Professor of Biology at Mt. Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS where she holds the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic Region).
    Recent Books written
    • A second edition of Bones and Cartilage: Developmental and Evolutionary Skeletal Biology was published by Academic Press/Elsevier in February 2015.
    • Hall, B. K., and Hallgrímsson, B. (2013) Strickberger’s Evolution 5th Edition. Jones and Bartlett.
    • Hall, B. K. (2010) Evolution; Principles and Processes. Xxii + 442 + 53 pp. Jones and Bartlett, Publishers, Sudbury, MA. Link here

    • Hall, B. K. (2009) The Neural Crest and Neural Crest Cells in Vertebrate Development and Evolution. xxii + 400pp. Springer, New York. BKH and Benedikt Hallgrímsson at Down House

    Recent Books edited

    • Hall, B. K., and Moody, S. A. (2018) Cells in Evolutionary Biology: Translating Genotypes into Phenotypes — Past, Present, Future. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL (to appear June, 2018)
    • Hall, B. K., and Moody, S. A. (2016-) Editors for series of books on Evolutionary Cell Biology: Translating Genotypes into Phenotypes. CRC Press, Boca Raton FL
    • Hallgrímsson, B., and Hall, B. K. (2011) Epigenetics: Linking Genotype and Phenotype in Development and Evolution. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

    • Hall, B. K and Laubichler, M. D. (2009) Conrad Hal Waddington, Theoretical Biology, and Evo-Devo. Thematic issue of Biological Theory 3 (3), pp. 185-289. MIT Press, Cambridge MA

    • Hall, B. K. (2007) Fins into Limbs. Development, Transformation, and Evolution. 433 pp. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Il.

    Selected Journal Publications (past five years)

    Hall, B. K. (2018) Germ layers, the neural crest and emergent organization in development and evolution. Genesis (in press, 2018)

    Seidela, R., Blumberg, M., Pechriggl, E. J., Lyons, K., Hall, B. K., Fratsl, P., Weaver, J. C., and Dean, M. A. (2017) Calcified cartilage or bone? Collagens in the tessellated endoskeletons of cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays). J. Struct. Biol. 200, 54–71.

    Gillis, J. A., and Hall, B. K. (2016) A shared role for sonic hedgehog signalling in patterning skate gill arch appendages and tetrapod limbs. Development 143, 1313–1317.

    Witten, P. E., and Hall, B. K. (2016) Teleost skeletal plasticity: modulation, adaptation and remodelling. Special issue of Copeia devoted to Fishes and Morphology today. Copeia 103, 727–739.

    Bailleul, A. M., Nyssen-Behets, C., Lengelé, B., Hall, B. K., and Horner, J. R. (2015) Chondroid bone in dinosaur embryos and nestlings (Ornithischia: Hadrosauridae): insights on the growth of the skull and the evolution of skeletal tissues. Comptes Rendu Paleoevo (in press).

    Armin P. Moczek, A. P., Sears, K. E., Stollewerk , A., Wittkopp, P. J., Diggle, P., Dworkin, I., Ledon-Rettig , C., Matus, D. Q., Roth, S., Abouheif, E., Brown, F. D., Chiu, C-H., Cohen, C. S., De Tomaso, A. W., Gilbert, S. F., Hall, Brian K., Love, A., Lyons, D. C., Sanger, T., Smith, J., Specht, C., Vallejo-Marin, M., and Extavour, C. G. (2015) The significance and scope of evolutionary developmental biology: A vision for the 21st century. Evol. & Devel. 17, 198–219.

    Kaul, H., Hall, Brian K., Newby, C., and Ventikos, Y. (2015) Synergistic activity of polarised osteoblasts inside condensations cause their differentiation. Scientific Reports 5, doi:10.1038/srep11838.11838.

    Dahdul, W., Balhoff, J., Blackburn, D., Dielh, A., Haendel, M., Hall, B. K., Lapp, M., Lundberg, J., Mungall, C., Ringwald, M., Segerdell, E., Van Slyke C., Vickaryous, M., Westerfield, M., and Mabee, P. (2014) A unified anatomy ontology for the vertebrate skeletal system. Plos One 7(12), e51070.

    Hall, B. K. (2014) Endoskeleton/exo (dermal) skeleton — Mesoderm/neural Crest: two pair of problems and a shifting paradigm. J. Appl. Ichthyol., 30, 608–615.

    Hashimshony, T., Feder, M., Levin, M., Hall, B. K., and Yanai, I. (2014) Spatiotemporal transcriptomics reveals the evolutionary history of the endoderm germ layer. Nature 519, 219–222.

    Hall, B. K. (2013) Hall, B. K. Homology, homoplasy, novelty and behavior Devel. Psychobiol. 55, 4–12.

    Hall, B. K., and J. Andrew Gillis. (2013) Incremental evolution of the neural crest, neural crest cells, and neural crest-derived skeleton. J. Anat. J. Anat. 222, 19–31.

    Hall B. K., and David S. Precious (2013) Cleft lip, nose and palate: The nasal septum as pacemaker for midfacial growth. Oral Surg., Oral Med., Oral Pathol. Oral Radiol. 115, 442–447.

    Bailleul, A. M., Hall, B. K., and Horner, John R. (2013). First evidence of dinosaurian secondary cartilage in the post-hatching skull of Hypacrosaurus stebingeri (Dinosauria, Ornithischia). Plos One 7(4) e36112.

    Huttenlocker, A. K., Woodward, H., and Hall, B. K. (2013). The Biology of Bone. In Bone Histology Of Fossil Tetrapods: Issues, Methods, And Data Bases(K. Padian, ed.), pp. 13–34. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA

    Hall, B. K. (2012) Lamarck, Lamarckism, epigenetics and epigenetic inheritance. Metascience 21, 375–378.

    Hall, B. K. (2012). Parallelism, deep homology, and evo-devo. Evol. & Devel. 14, 39-33.

    Hall, B. K. (2012) Evolutionary Developmental Biology (Evo–Devo): Past, Present, and Future. Evol: Educ. & Outreach. 5, 184–193

    Hall, B. K., and Kerney, R. (2012) Levels of biological organization and the origin of novelty J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 318B, 428–437.

    Hall, B. K. (2011). Ontogeny does not recapitulate phylogeny, it creates phylogeny. Evol. Devel., 132, 401–404.

    Kerney, R., Kim, E., Hangarter, R. P., Heiss, A. A., Bishop, C., and Hall, B. K. (2011). Intracellular invasion of green algae. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108, 6497–6502.

    Bishop, C. D, Hall, B. K, and Bates, W.R. (2010). Heat shock protein 90 expression in two migratory cell types of ascidian embryos and larvae: test cells deposit HSP90 on the larval tunic. Int. J. Devel. Biol. 54, 1337–1346.

    Budney, L. A., and Hall. B. K. (2010). Comparative morphology and osteology of pelvic fin-derived midline suckers in lumpfishes, snailfishes and gobies J. Appl. Ichthyol. 26, 167-175.

    Hall, B. K. (2010). Charles Darwin, Embryology, Evolution and Skeletal Plasticity. J. Appl. Ichthyol., 26, 148-161.

    Kerney, R., Hall, B. K., and Hanken, J. (2010). Regulatory elements of col2a1 in Xenopus drive cartilaginous gene expression in I-SceI Meganuclease-Mediated Transgenic Frogs. Int. J. Devel. Biol. 54, 141-150.

    Long, J. A., Hall, B. K., McNamara, K. J., and Smith, M. M. (2010) The phylogenetic origin of jaws in vertebrates: developmental plasticity and heterochrony. Kirtlandia 57, 46–52.
    Vickaryous, M., and Hall, B. K. (2010). Comparative development of the crocodylian interclavicle and avian furcula, with comments on the homology of dermal elements in the pectoral apparatus. J. Exp. Zool. (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 314B, 196-207.

    Cole, A. G., and Hall, B. K. (2009) Cartilage differentiation in cephalopod molluscs. Zoology 112, 2-15.

    On line lecture

    "Populations of neural crest cells and craniofacial development" with evolutionary implications, given at symposium at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, October 2000.