Marcus Hall

Membership:  2019

Member Bio

Marcus Hall is a Privat Dozent in the Department
of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich, where he teaches courses in environmental history and ecohealth and co-convenes Environmental Humanities Switzerland. He and his students focus on the conceptual and historical foundations of disease ecology, invasion biology, and ecological restoration, with a recent foray into “chronophilia” or the place of circadian rhythms in human affairs (to appear in an upcoming issue of Environmental Humanities).
At the Rachel Carson Center, Hall is working on a cultural and evolutionary history of parasites, with special emphasis on vector-borne
diseases and the symbiotic benefits of parasitism. During his stay in Munich, he is also helping organize ,
a symposium about mosquito control, and the benefits and even drawbacks
of ridding the earth of humanity’s most dangerous animal. Hall has authored, edited or co-edited six volumes and some thirty articles and chapters.


  • "The High Art of Rewilding." In Rewilding, edited by N. Pettorelli, S. Durant, and J. du Toit, 201–221. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • "Thinking Like a Parasite." In Landscapes, Natures, Ecologies: Italy and the Environmental Humanities, S. Iovino, E. Cesaretti, and E. Past, 117–128. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018.
  • "Invasives, Aliens, and Labels Long Forgotten." In Human Dispersal and Species Movement from Prehistory to Present, edited by N. Boivin, R. Crassard, and M. Petraglia,430–453. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • with Philippe Forêt, Christoph Kueffer, Alison Pouliot, and Caroline Wiedmer. "Seeing the Environment through the Humanities: A New Window on Grand Societal Challenges." GAIA 24, no. 2 (2015): 134–136.
  • Editor. Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past. London: Routledge, 2010.
  • Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2005.