Interim Dean of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Biology and Environmental Science

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

Office: NNorth Campus Villa Loft, Office 14
Phone: +41 91 986 36 50

Dr. Hale is a Full Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and Interim Dean of Academic Affairs. He teaches courses in Franklin's environmental 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 use of social media for environmental monitoring, the ecology and conservation of plants, and the role of sustainability in higher education (particularly educational travel). 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 (ed). 2021. Sustainability in Educational Travel and Environmental Protection. Special Issue of Sustainabilty.

BW Hale. 2021. Educating for the Environment: The Role of the Host Destination in Education Travel Programs. Sustainability: 13, 8351.

BW Hale. 2019. Wisdom for Traveling Far: Making Educational Travel Sustainable. Sustainability 11(11):3048

BW Hale. 2019. Understanding potential impacts from university-led educational travel. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 20(2): 245-263.

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.

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.

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: New York.

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, 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.

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

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. 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. Using newspaper coverage analysis to evaluate public perception of management in river-floodplain systems. Environmental Management, 45: 1155-1163.

BW Hale, KJ Hartman and N Schoenenberger. 2009. Condizioni e tendenze della qualità dell’acqua nel Laghetto di Muzzano, Svizzera, nel periodo maggio–ottobre 2007. Bollettino Ticinese di Scienze Naturali 97: 67-74.

A Schnitzler, JC Genot, M Wintz, BW Hale. 2008. Naturalness and Conservation in France. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21(5): 423-436.

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

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.

BW 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.

KJ 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, BW 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.         

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

D. Fisher, BW 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 listed alphabetically]

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

MS Adams, U. Ballin, T. Gaumert, BW 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 listed alphabetically]

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

M Miranda, BW Hale. 1998. Using the forest for the trees: production and environmental costs of producing energy from forest residues in Sweden.  Occasional Paper No. 81. SNS Energy. [in English and Swedish].

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

Workshop and Conference organization:

Organizing committee, Botanica Sudalpina, 2019 - 2021

Scientific Committee, Botanica Sudalpina, 2017

Organizing committee, Environmental Humanities Switzerland workshop, 2017

Organizing committee, Environmental Justice, ‘Collapse’ and the Question of Evidence, 2014 - 2015

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.