Brack W. Hale

Professor, Biology and Environmental Science

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.E.M. Duke University
B.A. Duke University

Office: Villa, North Campus, Loft
Phone: +41 91 986 36 50
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Dr. Hale is a Full Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and the Co-Director of the Center for Sustainability Initiatives at Franklin. He teaches courses in Franklin's environmental studies program, including core courses such as Understanding Environmental Issues and Quantitative Methods in Environmental Sciences. He currently leads Academic Travels to the Swiss and French Alps, Iceland, and New Zealand. His scholarly publications span topics from campus sustainability, impacts from travel and tourism, floodplain forest ecology and management, invasive species, and the social costs of energy and waste management. His research has involved field experiences in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, and the Caribbean (Puerto Rico). His current research interests include the environmental impacts of tourism, the ecology and conservation of riparian and freshwater systems, the role of sustainability in higher education (particularly educational travel), and invasive species and natural heritage. He is a member of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Botanical Society of Ticino, the Ecological Society of America, the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology, and the Ticino Society for Natural Sciences.


BW Hale. 2018. Mapping potential environmental impacts from tourists using data from social media: a case study in the Westfjords of Iceland. Environmental Management, 62: 446-457. Available at:

A Vogelaar, BW Hale. 2018. The Postcolonial Garden City? Changing Representations of Nature in Christchurch, New Zealand. In G. Gee and A. E. Vogelaar, (Eds). Nature and City: Changing Representations, 1960s-1970s. Routledge. pp. 187-205.

A Vogelaar, BW Hale, A Peat (eds.). 2018. Imagining the Collapse: Environmental Discourses in a Time of Crisis. Routledge Press. 216 p.

A Vogelaar, BW Hale. 2018. Zooming Out, Closing In: Ecology at the End of the Frontier. In: A. Vogelaar et al. (eds). Imagining the Collapse: Environmental Discourses in a Time of Crisis. Routledge Press. pp. 127-140.

A Schnitzler, J Amigo, BW Hale, C Schnitzler. 2016. Patterns of climber distribution in temperate forests of the Americas. Journal of Plant Ecology. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw012

BW Hale, A Vogelaar. 2015. The Road Less (Sustainably) Traveled: A Case Study of Academic Travel at Franklin University Switzerland. In: W. Leal Filho. Integrating Sustainability Thinking in Science and Engineering Curricula. Springer International. pp 183-195.

BW Hale, C Kueffer, S Steinert-Borella, C Wiedmer. 2015. Environmental Justice, ‘Collapse’ and the Question of Evidence. Intervalla, 3: i-vi.

BW Hale, P Della Croce. 2015. In Everyone’s Backyard: Examining the intersection between invasive alien species and environmental justice. Intervalla, 3: 26-34.

A Vogelaar, BW Hale. 2014. Constituting Swiss Heritage: Discourse and the Management of Interstitial “Species.” Journal of Tourism Anthropology 3(2): 130-149.

J Long, A Vogelaar, BW Hale. 2014. Toward Sustainable Educational Travel. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 22(3):421-439. DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2013.819877

BW Hale, A Vogelaar, J Long. 2013. A-Broad Spectrum: Sustainability in Educational Travel. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 14(4): 349-366.

M. Miranda, MA Overstreet Galeano, BW Hale, W Thomann. 2011. Crawl spaces as reservoirs for transmission of mold to the livable part of the home environment. Reviews on environmental health. 26(3):205-213.

BW Hale, MS Adams. 2011. Historical Change and Management of the Floodplain Forests of the Middle Elbe River In: River Ecosystems: Dynamics, Management and Conservation, Nova Science Publishers. 

BW Hale. 2010. Tracking Public Perception of the Management of River-Floodplain Systems. Environmental Management. 45:1155-1163.

BW Hale, KJ Hartman and N. Schoenenberger. 2009. Qualità dell'acqua nel Laghetto di Muzzano, Svizzera nel periodo maggio-ottobre 2007. Bollettino Ticinese di Scienze Naturali, 97:67-74.

BW Hale, E. Alsum and MS Adams. 2008. Fifty years of change in the floodplain forests of the Lower
Wisconsin River. The American Midland Naturalist 160(2):454-476.

A. Schnitzler, JC. Genot, M. Wintz, BW Hale. 2008. Naturalness and Conservation in France.  Journal of
Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

BW Hale. 2008.  Improved Application of TIES Research to Post-Secondary Education. Proceedings of the 2008 Trans-Atlantic Institutional Environmental Policy in Relation to Environmental Education (TIES) Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin USA.

MS Adams, BW Hale, T Gaumert, M Bergemann, B Ohm, CF D’Elia. 2008. Environmental History of the German Elbe River: Interactions among the Ecological, Economic, and Political Environments. Proceedings of the 2008 Trans-Atlantic Institutional Environmental Policy in Relation to Environmental Education (TIES) Workshop, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

A Schnitzler, BW Hale, E. Alsum. 2007. Examining native and exotic species diversity in European riparian forests. Biological conservation 138: 146-156.

BW Hale, MS Adams. 2007. Ecosystem management and the conservation of river-floodplain systems. Landscape and Urban Planning 80: 23-33.

B.W. Hale, M. Steen-Adams, K. Predick, N. Fischer. 2005. "Ecological conservation through aesthetic landscape planning: a case study of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway." Environmental Management. 35: 381-395.

K.J. Forshay, H. Mozaria-Luna, BW Hale, K. Predick. 2005. "An evaluation of the Wetlands Reserve Program in Wisconsin." Environmental Management. 36: 248-257.

A. Schnitzler, B.W. Hale, E. Alsum. 2005. "Biodiversity of floodplain forests in Europe and Eastern North America: A comparative study of the Rhine and Mississippi Valleys." Biodiversity and Conservation 14:97-114.

D. Fisher, B.W. Hale, J. Hinke, C. Overdevest. 2002. "Social and ecological responses to climate change: towards an integrative understanding." International Journal of Environment and Pollution. 17(4):323-336. [authorship is listed alphabetically]

M.S. Adams, U. Ballin, T. Gaumert, B.W. Hale, H. Kausch, R. Kruse. 2001. "Monitoring selected indicators of ecological change in the Elbe River since the fall of the Iron Curtain." Environmental Conservation 28(4): 333-344. [authorship is listed alphabetically]

M. Miranda and B.W. Hale. 2001. "Protecting the forest from the trees: the social costs of energy production in Sweden." Energy. 26(9): 869-889.

M. Miranda, B.W. Hale. 2005. "Paradise recovered: energy production and waste management in island environments" Energy Policy 33:1691-1702.

M. Miranda and B.W. Hale. 2002. "A taxing environment: evaluating the multiple objectives of environment taxes." Environmental Science and Technology.36 (24), 5289 -5295.

M. Miranda and B.W. Hale. 1997. "Waste not, want not: the private and social costs of waste-to-energy production." Energy Policy. 25(6):587-600.

Awards and Honors:

2017-18 Grant, Canton Ticino. Elaborazione di una guida pratica per la gestione dei boschi lungo i corsi d’acqua nel Canton Ticino

2017 Swiss National Science Foundation International Short Visit Grant: Analyzing environmental impacts from tertiary educational travel programs      

2015 – 2017 Swiss National Science Foundation International Exploratory Workshop grant: Environmental justice, collapse, and the question of evidence.

2013 and 2014 Franklin University Switzerland Green Leaves recipient           

2008 and 2011 Franklin College Switzerland Excellence in Service award         

2009 Franklin College Switzerland Excellence in Teaching award

2003 College of Letters and Sciences Teaching Fellow, UW-Madison