My main disciplinary affiliation is European modern environmental history, but I could also be termed a social historian, a historical geographer, or a digital humanist. Currently I am DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previously, I was employed at the Rachel Carson Center as Digital Humanities Research Specialist, while holding as well a position as Scholar-in-Residence at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.I was a postgraduate fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, held a postdoctoral position, funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento, at the Università di Trento, Italy, and was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. I was also an associated researcher at the Laboratorio di Storia delle Alpi of the Università della Svizzera Italiana.
My most recent research activities focus on the social history of the environment and on the history of science. In particular, I have analysed conflicts about rights to access resources, the history of nature conservation, and the development of the concept of mean sea level.
On this site you may find my vita, a list of publications and talks, my teaching and a link to my not so frequently updated blog.