Lecturers & Research Affiliates

Alejandra Pascual-Garrido

Dr Alejandra Pascual-Garrido

I am a Research Affiliate at ICEA, part of the Primate Models for Behavioural Evolution Lab. My expertise as a field-based primatologist has allowed me to study chimpanzees, baboons, macaques, capuchin monkeys and tamarins in West and East Africa, South-East Asia and South-America. My research focuses in particular on lithic and plant-based material cultures of non-human primates. I am especially interested in reconstructing behaviour via in-situ measurements of abandoned tools and the raw materials used to manufacture them. This approach has significant relevance for our interpretation of archaeological sites, given the absence of direct observations on early hominins.


Dr Caroline Phillips

I am a lecturer at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. My main research focus is to use extant primates as modern analogues to understand aspects of early hominin evolution, particularly dietary adaptation. Using a bioarchaeological approach (phytoliths and stable isotopes of modern environmental samples), I aim to reconstruct contemporary environments inhabited by extant primates to draw parallel inferences about palaeoenvironments utilised by our ancestors.

Dr David R. Braun

I am a Research Affiliate at ICEA and a Paleolithic Archaeologist interested in the behavioral evolution of our earliest ancestors. I have been working in various parts of the African continent for the past 20 years. I have conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Mozambique and Guinea. My main focus on the research in Gorongosa is the archaeological record of hominin behavior that can be found throughout the region. This plays a critical role in filling the gap in the Paleolithic record between the eastern and southern African records which have been studied for decades.


Dr Jörg M. Habermann

I am a Research Affiliate at ICEA. I am a geologist, specialised in sedimentology and geochemistry, focusing on processes that have been occurring on the Earth’s surface. My current research centers around understanding the relationships between Cenozoic rifting, volcanism, and climate change in East Africa and their impact on continental and coastal paleoenvironments in the context of human evolution. Focus of this research is the reconstruction of paleolandscapes and sedimentary systems, and their use as environmental and climate archives. Fieldwork is a mainstay of my research that generally also involves laboratory-based petrographic and geochemical observations.

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Dr Paco Bertolani

I am a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Biologist, field primatologist and anthropologist, I am interested in primate behavioural ecology and primate cognition, and the implications that comparative studies of primate behaviour have for understanding aspects of hominin evolution. I have an extensive field experience, having observed wild chimpanzees and bonobos for many years, in different environments, at various field sites across Africa: Ivory Coast, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania; and bonobos at two sites, Lomami and Lomako, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr René Bobe

I am a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford, and a professor at the University of Chile. I study the evolution of African mammals and the ecology of early hominins. I have ongoing projects in Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia and Chile.

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Dr Tina Lüdecke

I am a geochemist based at the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford. I focus my research on the development of habitats early hominins thrived in with a focus on East African savannas. Currently, I am involved in projects in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Turkey and Indonesia. In Gorongosa, my studies are based on stable and clumped isotopes as a tool to reconstruct patterns in the paleoenvironment such as vegetation, rainfall or temperature.


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