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Marcus Hall

Dr. Marcus Hall

Carson Fellow

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 Mosquitopia, 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.

RCC Research Project: Our Bodies, Our Planet: A Parasite's View of Human History

Selected Publications:

  • "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.