People

Here are the members of the Environmental Humanities Switzerland research network.

Marcus Hall

Marcus Hall

Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; University of Zurich

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.  To date my publications and presentations have aimed to understand the pursuit of environmental restoration, the perception of alien invasive species, and the relationships between humans and their bodily symbionts and other co-travelers.

Christoph Kueffer

Christoph Kueffer

Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; ETH, Zurich

We live in a time of rapid and fundamental man-made ecological change. In my research I am concerned with how we can better understand and manage the emerging ecological novelty of the Anthropocene in order to maintain vital ecosystem services, reduce poverty, and save unique biodiversity.

Philippe Forêt

Philippe Forêt

Co-founder SAGUF EH-CH; Researcher (associate), EBES, University of Zurich; Researcher (associate), CEDETE, University of Orléans

Philippe Forêt (University of Chicago PhD) is a geographer and sinologist. His publications are mostly about the encounter of China with modern science and global culture. Forêt has received awards from nine countries for his work, and was twice elected Fellow in an Institute for Advanced Study.

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller

Juanita Schläpfer-Miller

Research associate at the University of the Arts in Zürich

Outreach coordinator at the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. Juanita’s professional background is in designing inquiry-based learning exhibits in the natural sciences. Since 2012 at the PSC she has developed workshops and experiments to engage children and teens with plant science. Her exhibition Klimagarten 2085 is a narrative environment designed to create dialogue about the effects of climate change on food and landscape.

Alison Pouliot

Alison Pouliot

Researcher and photographer

As a freshwater ecologist, Alison endeavours to understand the processes that shape and transform ecosystems. As an environmental photographer, she aspires to capture their intricacies and obscurities in documenting environmental change. Shifting to the terrestrial subterrain, her current research addresses the disconnect between the diversity and ecological significance of fungi and the lack of attention to their conservation.

Lars Larsson

Lars Larsson

Explorer; EH-CH webmaster; The Sven Hedin Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Larsson is a journalist, explorer, photographer and media entrepreneur. He is a two time National Geographic grantee working with a series of expeditions to Central Asia in Sven Hedin’s footsteps. The objective is to document human-environmental changes in these areas during the last century.

Emily Scott

Emily Scott

Postdoc in the architecture department at ETH Zürich

I am an interdisciplinary scholar and artist whose work centers on “de-naturalizing” nature, or investigating the histories, politics, ideologies, etc. that shape ideas and institutions of nature, with the aim of reaching more critical understandings of contemporary human-environment relations. I am a founding member of the art-research projects: the Los Angeles Urban Rangers and World of Matter.

Cosetta Veronese

Cosetta Veronese

Rooted in my life-long love for animals, my interest in the epistemological implications of environemtal issues has been mediated by my study of English and Italian Romanticism: the poetry, prose and philosophical writings of figures such as Shelley and Leopardi prove how strictly intertwined environmental reflections are with discussions on human rights and social and political freedom.

The work of contemporary post-humanist thinkers such as Rosi Braidotti and Roberto Marchesini inspires my current interests in human-animal interaction in its multiple urban manifestations, from animal-assisted therapy to the presence of animals in schools.