Raf De Bont, PI
Raf De Bont is Professor in the History of Science and the Environment at Maastricht University. His publications primarily concern the history of biological fieldwork, evolutionary thinking and conservation practice. As of 2019, he acts as the coordinator of the ‘Moving Animals’ project, in which he also carries out the sub-project # 4 Zoo Traffic.
Simone Schleper, Post-Doc
Simone Schleper is a postdoctoral researcher at Maastricht University. Her work focuses on the history of science and the politics of nature conservation during the 20th and 21st century. Leading the sub-project #3 Migrations within the ‘Moving Animals’ research team, she investigates how the phenomenon of animal migration has been studied, understood, and managed, especially in cases of human-wildlife conflict.
Vincent Bijman, PhD
Vincent Bijman is a PhD candidate in environmental and political history. Previously he worked as a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Maastricht University), where he taught different courses on modern European History. He obtained an MA in History and a MEd in History Education at the University of Amsterdam. He conducts sub-project #1 Invasions in the ‘Moving Animals’ project.
Monica Vasile, PhD
Monica Vasile is a PhD candidate in environmental history. Her previous research concerned the political ecology of forests, commons and pastoral practices in the Carpathian Mountains. She holds a doctorate from University of Bucharest (awarded 2008), and held research positions at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle. In the ‘Moving Animals’ project she is responsible for the sub-project #2 Reintroductions.
Cyrus Mody is Professor in the History of Science, Technology, and Innovation. His past research has looked at the development of nanotechnology and related fields (materials science, surface science, microelectronics) and the evolution of university-industry-government partnerships in the late Cold War. His current project is on the oil industry, alternative energy, and environmental debates in the long 1970s. In the ‘Moving Animals’ project, he is the co-supervisor of sub-project #2 reintroductions.