Kelly K. Hallinger

Assistant Professor of Biology

B.S., College of William and Mary in Virginia, 2009
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2017

Appointed: 2020

Expertise Areas: Animal Behavior, Ornithology, Evolutionary Ecology

Current Courses:
  • BIOL 195: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
  • BIOL 227: Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 248: Ornithology

Research Interests: Dr. Hallinger is an ornithologist whose research lies at the intersection of ecology and evolution. Her past research projects have examined effects of mercury contamination on songbirds and environmental determinants of life history variation in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). At Albion, Dr. Hallinger plans to focus on environmental maternal effects — those aspects of an organism’s phenotype that are influenced by the condition or experiences of the organism’s mother — particularly in birds. Of particular interest are projects aimed at understanding the evolutionary significance of variation in eggshell pigmentation, maternal age, and the avian microbiome, all from the perspective of their effects on individual offspring.

Selected Publications:

  • Winkler, D. W.*, K. K. Hallinger*, T. M. Pegan, C. C. Taff, M. A. Verhoeven, M. J. Anderson, D. Chang van Oordt, M. Stager, J. J. Uehling, M. V. Vitousek, M. J. Anderson, D. R. Ardia, A. Belmaker, V. Ferretti, A. M. Forsman, J. R. Gaul, P. E. Llambias, S. C. Orzechowski, J. R. Shipley, M. Wilson, and H. S. Yoon. 2020. Full lifetime perspectives on the costs and benefits of lay date variation in tree swallows. Ecology 101: e03109. *co-first authorship
  • Hallinger, K. K., M. N. Vitousek, and D. W. Winkler. 2020. Perceived predation risk associated with relative size of extra-pair and within-pair offspring. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 33:282-296.
  • Duckworth, R. A., K. K. Hallinger, N. Hall, and A. L. Potticary. 2017. Switch to a novel resource influences species coexistence in human-created habitat. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5:72.
  • Stedman, J. M., K. K. Hallinger, D. W. Winkler, and M. N. Vitousek. 2017. Heritable variation in circulating glucocorticoids and endocrine flexibility in a free-living songbird. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30:1724-1735.