Mathijs Boom is a lecturer in the history and philosophy of the climate and environmental sciences at the Freudenthal Institute. At the University of Amsterdam, he is currently finishing his dissertation on eighteenth-century perceptions of geographical and geological change in the Low Countries. This project connects the history of science and scholarship with a history of environmental ideas in the specific landscapes of the Dutch Republic and the Austrian Netherlands, to cast new light on the ways in which eighteenth-century observers imagined the human and natural past of the land they inhabited.

Mathijs is fascinated by the various ways in which past cultures imagined time, history and change—whether in the human or natural world. He has taught a variety of subjects, from early modern history, to the public perception of science, and the recent history of environmental knowledge and environmentalist politics.