Plants and society

Environmental History

My research centers on the history of how humans perceive, alter or manage the natural world, and how the natural world alters the way people live and think. Research methodologies in environmental history include interviews, analyses of cultural and natural archives, as well as field and laboratory observations.


Recent Publications

  • Global change in microcosms: Environmental and societal predictors of land cover change on the Atlantic Ocean Islands
    Norder, Sietze J.; de Lima, Ricardo F.; de Nascimento, Lea; Lim, Jun Y.; Maria Fernandez-Palacios, Jose; et al.
    Anthropocene  DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2020.100242  JUN 2020
  • Applying the Environmental Humanities
    Kueffer, C; Foret, P; Hall, M; Wiedmer, C
    GAIA-ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY, 27 (2):254-256; 10.14512/gaia.27.2.16 2018
  • Seeing the Environment through the Humanities 
    Hall, Marcus; Foret, Philippe; Kueffer, Christoph; et al. 
    GAIA-ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY, 24 (2): 134-136 10.14512/gaia.24.2.14  2015
  • The changing role of history in restoration ecology 
    Higgs, Eric; Falk, Donald A.; Guerrini, Anita; et al. 
    FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 12 (9): 499-506 10.1890/110267   2014
  • Developing the Environmental Humanities: A Swiss Perspective 
    Foret, Philippe; Hall, Marcus; Kueffer, Christoph 
    GAIA-ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY 23(1):67-69 10.14512/gaia.23.1.18  2014
  • Crossing Mountains: The Challenges of Doing Environmental History
    Hall M., Kupper P. eds.
    Rachel Carson Center Perspectives Series, 4. Munich. (2014)
  • Knowing Global Environments: New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences 
    Hall, Marcus 
    ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY, 16 (3): 536-537 JUL 2011
  • Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru, and Its Long Aftermath 
    Hall, M 
    ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY 14 (4): 754-756 OCT 2009

Prof. Dr. Marcus Hall
University of Zurich
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
8057 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 635 48 07

Research topics

  • Ecological restoration and rewilding
  • Management of alien invasive species
  • Environmental effects of war
  • Malaria control with pesticides



  • Cooperation with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, palaeobotanists, environnmentalists