Marcus Hall

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Research Interests

Areas: modern environmental history, history of restoring & rewilding, warfare & environment, history of malaria, parasites and society, Gaia theory

I focus on the histories and meanings of three crucial ecologies: restoration, invasion, and disease. My data stems from the landscapes and archives of Europe and North America, while drawing on science, medical, and geographical histories. My aim is to better understand societal and conceptual perspectives about how people restore damaged natures, how they identify restorative goals and techniques, and how they practice rehabilitating, renaturing, and rewilding. These queries lead me to ask about human experiences with movements of alien (exotic) and native species as well as novel ecosystems, an ecologist’s proxy for “global change.”

My newest research focuses on the restoration of human bodies, the site for asking what our internal co-species have done to us, and we to them. Insights about humanity’s experience with parasites, the history of parasitology, and the consequences of symbiosis, both biological and metaphorical, are drawing from the Human Microbiome Project, which is demonstrating the stunning diversity of wildlife in our selves and our biosphere, across place and time, while showing that our internal co-travelers are vital to promoting ecosystemic and human health - whatever those are!

Please visit the page of our new, EU Horizon-2020 project called INFRAVEC2 focusing on the history and anthropology of mosquito control.


Education and professional positions

2009 - present Senior Lecturer (Privatdozent), Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2006 - 2009 Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of History, University of Utah, USA
2006 - 2007 Associate Researcher, Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2000 - 2005 Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Bologna, European University Institute Florence, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs New York City, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, American Academy of Rome, Italy
1999 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
1981 B.Sc., Stanford University, USA

More detailed CV - 2019 (PDF, 268 KB)


  • Hall M., Kupper P. eds. (2014). Crossing Mountains: The Challenges of Doing Environmental History. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives Series, 4. Munich. PDF
  • Hall M. (2010). Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past. London: Routledge Studies in Modern History. 27 contributors. New York. ISBN 978-0415871761
  • Armiero M., Hall M., eds. (2010). Nature and History in Modern Italy. Athens: Ohio University Press.
  • Hall M. (2005). Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration. University of Virginia Press & Center for American Places.

Edited Special Journal Issues

  • Hall M. ed. (2004). The Nature of G. P. Marsh: Tradition and Historical Judgment, Special issue of Environment and History 10:2, 121p.
  • Hall M., Coates P., eds. (2003). The Native, Naturalized, and Exotic: Plants and Animals in Human History, Special issue of Landscape Research 28:1 (January), 137p.


  • “Mosquitopia?” (7 minutes, 2020), a film by Samer Angelone, Marcus Hall, Dan Tamir. Link to video on YouTube

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • Sietze J. Norder, et al., Hall M. (2020). Global change in microcosms: Environmental and societal predictors of land cover change on the Atlantic Ocean Islands. Anthropocene. DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2020.100242
  • Hall M. (2019). Chronophilia; Or, Biding Time in a Solar System. Environmental Humanities: 373-401. DOI: 10.1215/22011919-7754523
  • Hall M. (2019). "The High Art of Rewilding: Lessons from Curating Earth Art." In Rewilding, N. Pettorelli, S. Durant, & J. du Toit, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 201-221. DOI: 10.1017/9781108560962
  • Hall M. (2018). "Thinking Like a Parasite." In Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities, S. Iovino, E. Cesaretti, & E. Past, eds. University of Virginia Press. See
  • Hall M. (2017). "Invasives, Aliens, and Labels Long Forgotten: Toward a Semiotics of Human-mediated Species Movement." In Human Dispersal and Species Movement from Prehistory to Present. N. Boivin, R. Crassard, and M. Petraglia, eds., Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/9781316686942
  • Kueffer C., Thelen Laesser K., Hall M. (2017). “Applying the Environmental Humanities: Ten steps for action and implementation.” SAGUF; Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Science, Bern. 39p. See
  • Hall M., Forêt P., Kueffer C., Pouliot A., Wiedmer C. (2015). Seeing the Environment through the Humanities: A New Window on Grand Societal Challenges. GAIA. 24/2: 134-136. PDF
  • Kueffer C., Hall M., Forêt P. (2014/2015). Environmental Humanities. Bulletin SAGW- Bulletin of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4:31-32 & Report (49p). Link PDF
  • Higgs E., Falk DA., Guerrini A., Hall M., Harris J., Hobbs RJ., Jackson ST., Rhemtulla JM., Throop W. (2014). The changing role of history in restoration ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 12(9): 499-506. DOI: 10.1890/110267.
  • Hall M. (2014). Restoration and the Search for Counter Narratives, in Andrew Isenberg, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History. New York: Oxford University Press: 309-331. Link
  • Hall M. (2014). Conspicuous Elevations and the High Art of Posing the Right Question, in Marcus Hall and Patrick Kupper, eds. 2014. Crossing Mountains: The Challenges of Doing Environmental History. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives Series, 4. Munich: 65-73. PDF
  • Hall M. (2014). Extracting Culture or Injecting Nature? Rewilding in transatlantic perspective in Josef Kuelarz & Martin Drenthen, eds. Old World and New World Perspectives on Environmental Philosophy. New York: Springer: 17-35.
  • Forêt P., Hall M. and Kueffer C. (2014). Developing the Environmental Humanities: A Swiss Perspective. GAIA 23/1 (2014): 67-69. PDF
  • Hall M. (2014). Review of Diana L. Di Stefano, Encounters in Avalanche Country: A History of Survival in the Mountain West, 1820-1920 (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013). H-Net Reviews: PDF
  • Hall M. (2014). Review of J. Frawley and I McCalman, Eds., Rethinking Invasion Ecologies from the Environmental Humanities (New York: Routledge). Basic and Applied Ecology, 15: 720-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2014.09.003
  • Larson B., Kueffer C., and the ZiF Working Group on Ecological Novelty. (2013). Managing invasive species amidst high uncertainty and novelty, Trends in Ecology and Evolution (May) 28(5): 255-56. [Marcus Hall is a member of ZiF Working Group].
  • Hall M., ed. (2012). Wilderness BABEL: What does wilderness mean in your language? Contributor and editor to a multi-media project exploring meanings of 'wilderness' in Europe's and the world's principal languages. 20 collaborators. See Environment and Society Portal: Link
  • Hall M. (2011). Le ultime battaglie contro la malaria in Italia: Una guerra in sangue e metafore, Ricerche Storiche 41(3): 50-70.
  • Hall M. (2011). History of Environmental Clean Up, Online Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Paris: EOLSS / UNESCO). Edited by Simone Neri Serneri. PDF