Dr. Nathan James Hall

Dr. Nathan James Hall

Associate Professor Texas Tech University Animal & Food Sciences, Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory

Nathaniel Hall earned his PhD from the University of Florida in 2015. While there he did research working with fruit bats, dogs, and wolves. He continued his studies as a Post Doctoral Scholar at Arizona State University in the Canine Science Collaboratory.


My lab broadly studies dogs' sense of smell. We explore the capabilities of the dog's nose and how training influences olfactory perception.


Professional Positions

Associate Professor, Texas Tech University. (September 2022 - Present).

Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University. (June 1, 2016 - August 2022).

Post Doctoral Scholar, Arizona State University. (June 1, 2015 - May 30, 2016).

Graduate Instructor, University of Florida. (August 24, 2013 - May 1, 2015).



Ph D, University of Florida, 2015. Major: Psychology Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Behavior Analysis Dissertation Title: The Effect of Odor Pre-Exposure and Breed on Canine Detection Performance

MS, University of Florida, 2012. Major: Psychology Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Behavior Analysis Dissertation Title: Training Dogs on a Novel Discrete Trials Training Procedure

BS, University of Florida, 2010. Major: Microbiology and Cell Science


Professional Memberships

1. Animal Behavior Society. (April 2016 - Present).

2. Association for Behavior Analysis International. (January 2014 - Present).


Awards and Honors

1. Dean's Research Award, Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. (2022).

2. Most Influential Faculty Member, Phi Beta Kapa. (May 2020).

3. New Faculty Award, Texas Tech Alumni Association. (May 2020).

4. Polished Apple Award, Texas Tech Mortar Board. (May 2019).

5. Gerber Behavior Analysis Research Award, Department of Psychology University of Florida. (May 2015).

6. Marian Breland-Bailey Award for Student Research and Scholarship, Association for Behavior Analysis International. (May 2013).


Topic 1 - Searching for Nothing: Maintaining behavior in reinforcement poor conditions

Topic 2 - Canine Sense and Scent Ability

Topic 3 - Behavioral predictors of length of detection dog training