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.
Vanessa Bateman, Post-Doc
Vanessa Bateman joined the Moving Animals project in 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher leading sub-project #3 Seasonal Migrations. At Maastricht University, she will address the history of migratory animals and human-animal interactions from a cultural history perspective, looking at both the role of visual media in understanding the movement of animals, as well as how the visual archive and its very movement reflects unfolding human-animal relations. Vanessa completed her PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with a Specialization in Anthropogeny from the University of California, San Diego in 2022.
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.
Jens Lachmund is a sociologist of science and technology (STS) and of the environment, whose research has mostly employed a combined sociological and historical approach. His recent research focuses on cities, ecology, and the politics of urban natures. In the ‘Moving Animals’ tram, he acts as the co-supervisor of sub-project #1 invasions.
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.
Simone Schleper is an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University. Her work focuses on the history of science and the politics of nature conservation during the 20th and 21st century. In the period 2019-2022, she led the sub-project #3 Migrations within the ‘Moving Animals’ research team.