Erich Fisher

Researcher, ICArEHB

Interdisciplinary Center for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour (ICArEHB)
FCHS, University of Algarve
Campus de Gambelas
8005-139 Faro

(+351) 289 800 988

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9499-6093

CIÊNCIA ID: 9B1B-910B-3403

Adjunct Researcher

Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Matthews Center., Rm. 203D

Honorary Researcher

Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, South Africa

Associate Member

Centre for Coastal Palaeosciences, Department of Botany, Nelson Mandela University, Summerstrand South Campus, PO Box 77000, Port Elizabeth 6031

Research Interests

My research navigates between innovating methodological approaches to the study of people in the past using digital and computation technologies and applying these applications to document the ecological and cultural coevolution of hunter-gatherers during the Pleistocene. My primary geographic foci are the Horn of Africa and southern Africa, and I specialize in archaeoinformatics, 3D modeling, and field excavation.Besides being an experienced educator and mentor at both graduate and undergraduate levels, I also have abundant experience in fundraising and multimedia public outreach for scientific research. An example of this kind of work is my YouTube web series, “Before Us,” provides lighthearted and engaging discussions with different researchers about living and working in remote field locations in Africa:

Short Bio

Erich received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2010. Before joining ICArEHB in 2021, he was a researcher at the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. He is also an Honorary Researcher at the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of the Witwatersrand and an Associate Member in the Centre for Coastal Palaeosciences at Nelson Mandela University. In 2011, Erich started the P5 Project (, which has now grown into an international and multidisciplinary collaboration of researchers studying hunter-gatherer adaptations to coastal environments across glacial and interglacial phases. This project, like much of Erich’s research, is inherently collaborative and interdisciplinary, drawing upon all four fields of Anthropology, natural sciences, mathematics, and technologies. Locally, Erich’s work is filling gaps in our understanding about human adaptations to glacial periods in Africa and, specifically, how past people utilized coastal resources to survive periods of climatic variability. Globally, his research provides evidence that contributes to our understanding about how Late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers moved out of Africa quickly and adapted to each of the new habitats they encountered. His work, therefore, traces a continuum that began in Africa and ended with the peopling of the world.