Marcus Hall is a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Research Institute. His research interests focus on a particular aspect of environmental history that is often ignored -- that of clean-up, repair, and restoration by local residents and government experts. He has studied early environmental restoration projects in the American West, the Adirondacks, Italy, and the Alps. Hall has also taught environmental courses from the elementary to postgraduate levels in Alaska, Ecuador, and Italy. Various grants have supported his research and writing.
His Ph.D. thesis, comparing land restoration projects in Italy and the United States, was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize as the best in the field of environmental history. He recently received a Ray Allen Billington Prize from the Western History Association for a journal article he wrote on the efforts to restore the wilderness in 20th-century Utah.
Hall holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Stanford University and a master's degree and Ph.D. in environmental history from the University of Wisconsin.
Last Updated: August 1, 2017
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- "Repairing Mountains: Restoration, Ecology, and Wilderness in Twentieth-Century Utah," Environmental History 6, no. 4 (October 2001), pp. 574-601.
- "Comparing Damages: American and Italian Concepts of Degradation," in M. Agnoletti and S. Anderson, eds., Methods and Approaches in Forest History (Wallingford, UK: CAB International), Chapter 14: pp. 145-152.
- "Ideas From Overseas: American Preservation and Italian Restoration," The George Wright Forum 15, no. 2 (1998), pp. 24-29.