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Matt is a Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow within the School of Biological Sciences. He completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Rob Brooks. After that he took up a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Basel in Switzerland with Prof. Dieter Ebert, and subsequently a Velux Foundation Fellowship at the ETH Zürich. 

Research interests

The Hall research group investigates the evolutionary genetics of life's big challenges – sex, death and disease. Every organism faces the same difficulty of finding a partner, fighting off pathogens, and coping with old age – but some are better at it than others. Projects include understanding how host and pathogen genes interact to influence the severity of infectious disease; unraveling how the ecology of an organism shapes the evolution of lifespan and ageing; and, contrasting the role of males and females in the evolution of pathogen virulence.

These projects make use of a variety of species of Daphnia, commonly known as the water-flea. They are small crustaceans that inhabit a range of freshwater habitats, from coastal rock-pools to alpine lakes, and are found throughout Australia and the rest of the world. The water-flea has been studied in the context of ecology, evolution and ecotoxicology for many years and is now an emerging model system for ecological genomics and the study of gene and genome function in natural environments.

For more information, go to www.mattdhall.com.

Monash teaching commitment

BIO2060 – Analytical methods in biology

GEN3062 - Evolutionary & ecological genetics

Research area keywords

  • Sexual conflict
  • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Infectious Disease
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Sexual Dimorphism
  • Ageing
  • Life History
  • Health

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Projects 2015 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

  • 38 Article
  • 2 Review Article
  • 1 Encyclopaedia / Dictionary Entry

Anywhere but here: Local conditions motivate dispersal in Daphnia

Erm, P., Hall, M. D. & Phillips, B. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : PeerJ. 2019, 3, 15 p., e6599.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Pathogen exposure disrupts an organism's ability to cope with thermal stress

Hector, T. E., Sgro, C. M. & Hall, M. D., 31 May 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Global Change Biology. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Environmental changes and sexually antagonistic selection

Connallon, T. & Hall, M. D., 2018, (Accepted/In press) eLS. Wiley-Blackwell, 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOtherpeer-review

Genetic constraints on adaptation: a theoretical primer for the genomics era

Connallon, T. & Hall, M. D., 1 Jun 2018, In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1422, 1, p. 65-87 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Interactions between host sex and age of exposure modify the virulence–transmission trade-off

Gipson, S. A. Y. & Hall, M. D., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 31, 3, p. 428-437 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review