Project Team Members
Dr. Javier Fernández-López de Pablo (PI).
Researcher at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), my research interests focus on the study of human-environmental interactions and population dynamics from the Late Upper Palaeolithic to the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the Iberian Peninsula. Theoretically, I am interested in Human Behavioural Ecology and Cultural Transmission Evolutionary Theory for testing demographically dependent models of cultural change in its ecological context. Methodologically my scientific activity is broadly multidisciplinary, covering disciplines such as Lithic Technology, Coastal Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Geographic Information Systems, Stable Isotope Analysis, Radiocarbon Modelling, Bayesian Methods, meta-analysis of archaeological data and computational Agent Based Modelling.
Dr. Sergi Lozano-Pérez
“Ramón y Cajal” Research fellow at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), his research focuses on social complexity, cultural evolution and past long-term social processes. He specializes in Complex Systems, network analysis and computational and mathematical modelling. He co-supervises network analysis and modelling in PALEODEM’s project. He also collaborates in management of PALEODEM’s research data.
Dr. Magdalena Gómez-Puche
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), her research interest relates to cultural evolution theory and social complexity. She investigates socio-ecological dynamics and demographic patterns in the Mediterranean and Iberian Prehistory. Her research also includes the application of Geographic Information Systems, Spatial technologies, quantitative methods and radiocarbon modeling.
Dr. Ana Polo-Díaz
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES), she is a geoarchaeologist interested in human behavior and settlement patterns during the Late Pleistocene- Holocene, and the impact of climatic fluctuations on cultural changes. Her research activity is focused on the micromorphological and microstratigraphical analysis of sediments to investigate site formation processes, combustion residues and related occupation surfaces.
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES). Rowan’s diverse interests lie in multi-disciplinary approaches to understanding economy and human population dynamics in the past. This experience includes palaeodietary studies, chronological modelling and the application of GIS to archaeological and chronological problems. Prior to coming to IPHES he was part of an ERC-funded team in Queen’s University Belfast, (Northern Ireland) investigating the prehistory of Malta; other recent collaborations include documenting the archaeological evidence for 17th Century migration between Britain and Ireland, studies in prehistoric and early medieval Ireland, and developing methods for working with large and complex radiocarbon datasets.
Dr. Valéria Romano
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES). Valéria is broadly interested in the drivers of social structure and is mainly investigating the processes underlying the spread of technological innovations. Her research combines the application of agent-based models, network analysis, and statistical approaches to look at the spatial networks of human communities from the late Paleolithic to the Late Mesolithic periods.
José Ramón Rabuñal Gayo
PhD student at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES). His research interests include the technical and technological behaviours of Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic foragers, and the evolution of spatial organization and settlement dynamics in the Pleistocene-Holocene transition. His doctoral dissertation draws on archaeoestratigraphy, lithic technological analysis and refitting studies to reconstruct and interpret intra-site spatial-temporal associations and regional spatial patterning.
PhD student at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES). Her main research interest concerns complex systems theory and the application of computational modelling to archaeological research. She has skills on Agent Based Modelling. She is conducting her PhD dissertation under the supervision of Javier Fernandez Lopez de Pablo and Sergi Lozano, applying network analysis on Late Glacial and early Holocene archaeological record.
Dr. Francesc Burjachs i Casas
ICREA Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), his research concern the relationship between palaeoenvironment and human evolution, and Mediterranean climate events. He also investigates the evolution of vegetal landscape, palynological taphonomy, palaeoclimatology and wildfire history.
Dr. Antoni Canals Salomó
Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) and Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), whose research focuses on stratigraphic and archeostratigraphic aspects of cultural deposits. He is also specialist in applications for the computerization and mechanization of fieldwork activities (ARCH·e system. http://arche.iphes.cat/index.html), and GIS techniques for the study of territory, mobility and exchange during the prehistory.
External Scientific Collaborators
Dr. Luce Prignano
Postdoctoral Researcher at Complexity Lab Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, whose primary research interest are Complex system and network science. She also investigates theoretical issues related to the applicability of network science to archaeological case-studies. She is specialist in network construction from archaeological data and modelling of past communication networks.
Dr. Mario Gutiérrez-Roig
Research fellow in the Data Science Lab at the University of Warwick. His research is highly multidisciplinary including several studies on Complex Systems, Behavioural Economics, Computational Archaeology and Data Science. He is interested in understanding and modelling human behaviour and its impact on the social dynamics at the collective level, especially in cities.
Dr. Carlos Ferrer García
Museum Curator at Servei d’Investigació Prehistòrica. Museu de Prehistòria de València, his research interests are the study of environmental processes and depositional dynamics of palaeoenvironments. He investigates human - environment interaction in the Holocene by means of geomorphological analysis and stratigraphic and sedimentological studies.
Dr. Yurena Yanes
Assistant Professor at the Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, her research interests include ecology and paleoecology of Quaternary land snails. She works in paleoclimate reconstruction using land snails by means of stable isotope geochemistry. She also investigates climate influence upon body size changes in land snails.
Dr. Rosa M. Poch
Agronomist (UPC) and PhD in Soil Science (U Gent). Professor at the Department of Environment and Soil Sciences of the U Lleida. Her work fields are soil genesis and micromorphology, soil conservation and restoration and soil as carbon pool. Head of the thin section lab of the UdL, coordinator of the Interuniversity Master on Soil and Water Management, Chair of the Commission Soil Morphology and Micromorphology of the IUSS (2010-14; 14-18) and Editor-In-Chief of the Spanish Journal of Soil Science.
Dr. Yolanda Carrión-Marco
“Ramón y Cajal” Research fellow at the Department of Prehistory, Archaeology and Ancient History, her research area encompasses Lateglacial and Holocene palaeoecological and vegetation reconstructions in a broad sense. She is also interested in forest ecology and dendrochronology.