Coordinating Committee

João Cascalheira


I am interested in prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations, specifically in how these are related to processes of climate and environmental change

Célia Gonçalves

Adaptations to Coastal environments

Mobility and Settlement, Patterns Spatial Analysis, Predictive Modelling, Geographical Information Systems

Hugo Rafael Oliveira

Emergence and Evolution of food producing societies

Plant Domestication and the Origins of Agriculture

Erich C. Fisher

History of Archaeological Science

Archaeoinformatics, Africa, Coastal Adaptations

Ana Gomes

Prehistoric behavior and dispersals in Africa

Diatom species and their ecology, Paleoenvironmental reconstructions, Geoarchaeology

Anna Rufà


Small prey taphonomy, with special attention on leporids and birds

Susana Carvalho

Primate Models for Hominin Evolution

Hominin origins & adaptations through primatology, archaeology & paleoanthropology; Equal Milestone Science

Administration and Strategy

Godefroy Devevey

Science Strategy Officer

Funding, development, strategy and support operation.

Catarina Marques

Administration and Communication

Daily management of the Centre,.Science Communication


Alvise Barbieri


Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology, reconstruction of past landscapes and environments

Ana Avila de Melo


Archaeometallurgy, History of Archaeology

António Valera


Neolithic and Chalcolithic archaeology, funerary practices

Carlos Duarte Simões


Interactions between past human societies and the environment

Ceren Kabukcu


Archaeobotany, Palaeoecology, Palaeolithic plant use, Origins of agriculture

Cláudia Costa


Zooarchaeology and Archaeology from prehistoric complex societies

Eduardo Paixão


Lithic Technology, use Wear, Residue analysis

Emily Hallinan


Technology and landscape use in the southern African Stone Age

Flora Schilt


Prehistoric hunter gatherers, pyrotechnology, and archaeological contexts in tropical environments

Frederico Tátá Regala


Zooarchaeology, Speleology

Gina Buckley


​​Prehistoric human mobility and migration through stable and radiogenic isotope analyses and radiocarbon dating​

Hussein Kanbar


Environmental geochemistry

Javier Sánchez Martínez


Lithic technology, diachronic changes in stone tools, Upper Paleolithic

Jeffrey Rose


Modern human dispersals and desert adaptations

João Marreiros


Early hominn technological evolution, especially how stone tools were designed

Jonathan Haws


Human land-use and decision-making as part of a socio-natural process

João Luís Cardoso


History of Archeology, Geoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology

Li Li


Reconstructing hominin behavior from the lithic record

Lucía Cobo Sánchez


​​Hominin subsistence behaviour, taphonomic and spatial analysis of faunal remains​

Lucy Evangelista


Physical Anthropology

Maria Ana Correia


Study of human beings in a transdisciplinary framework, focusing on the study of the human past as means to understand our present and future

Maria João Martins


Paleobiology, ecosystems dynamics and evolution

Marina Évora


Osseous industry, Hunter-Gatherers, Zooarchaeology

May Murungi


Reconstructing past vegetation cover and past human-environment interactions during the Quaternary in eastern and southern Africa through phytolith analysis

Milena Carvalho


Reconstructing human ecology during the late Pleistocene in Iberia; Human responses to climatic and environmental change

Nuno Bicho

Researcher and ualg Vice-Rector for Research and culture

Paleolithic and Mesolithic: times of change and transition; and on coastal human adaptations

Patricia Monteiro


Firewood explotation during Prehistory

Paul Goldberg


Application of micromorphological techniques to the study of site formation processes at archaeological sites

Pedro Horta


Evolution of hominin adaptation and migration strategies

René Bobe Quinteros


Evolution of African ecosystems and the ecology of human origins

Ricardo Godinho


The evolution of skull form and function in fossil hominins and modern humans

Rita Dias


Zooarchaeology, Ichthyological remains and seasonality  studies

Rui Machado


Bioinformatics, big data analysis and molecular biology

Sara Rhodes


Hunter-gatherer archaeology, microvertebrates, taphonomy

Sol Sánchez-Dehesa Galán


Lithic technology, knapping learning processes, technical diversity of early hominin

Tomos Proffitt


Emergence, development and variation of the earliest technologies, experimental archaeological and primate archaeological techniques

Vera Aldeias


Geoarchaeologist interested in unravelling past human behavior from its sedimentary signatures

Associated Researchers

Alejandra Pascual-Garrido 

associated researcher

Chimpanzee plant-based material cultures and tool use behaviours

Ana Abrunhosa

associated researcher

Lithic Raw Materials

Aurore Val


Zooarchaeology and field archaeology, prehistoric human/animal interactions

Camille Lesage

Associated researcher

Lithic technology, techno-economy of lithic raw materials

Carolina Mallol

associated researcher

Geoarchaeology, Microstratigraphy

Cláudia Umbelino

associated researcher

Past Cultures and Populations

Cristina Veiga-Pires

associated researcher

Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Cruz Ferro-Vázquez

associated researcher

Soil science, paleoenvironmental reconstruction

Daniel Garcia Rivero

associated researcher

Evolutionary theoretical and methodological approaches to Late Prehistory of the Iberian Peninsula and the Southwestern Mediterranean

Darren Fa

associated researcher

Palaeoecology and human evolution, especially linked to the exctinction of the Neanderthals

Delminda Moura

associated researcher

Coastal morphodynamics

Erella Hovers

associated researcher

Lithics as proxies for organizational decision-making and for cognitive abilites

Juan Gibaja Bao

associated researcher

Lithic Technology

Katarina Almeida-Warren

associated researcher

Archaeology of non-human primates to shed light on the behaviours, technology, and culture of our earliest ancestors

Lukas Friedl

associated researcher

Human evolution, Functional morphology, Bioarcheology

Maria Simón Vallejo

associated researcher

Prehistory and archeology in the south of Iberia

Michael Benedetti

associated researcher

Geomorphology, Quaternary geology, and Paleolithic geoarchaeology

Miguel Cortés Sánchez

associated researcher

Middle and Upper Palaeolithic, Palaeolithic symbolism, Coastal adaptation

Mussa Raja

associated researcher

African archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Study of stone tools, Settlement Patterns

Pedro Gonçalves

associated researcher

Geoarchaeology, Landscape evolution

Rosalind Gillis

associated researcher

Prehistoric animal husbandry practices, adaptations of European livestock management systems to novel environments

Ruth Taylor

associated researcher

Ceramic Analysis (Archaeology), Petrology of Ceramics and Stone Artifacts, Ceramic Petrography

Sara Cura

associated researcher

Relation of Prehistory with society, Science Communication and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Shannon McPherron

associated researcher

Human evolution from the origins of stone tool use to the spread of Homo sapiens

Tiina Manne

associated researcher

Analyses of past diets to understand people’s responses to large-scale climate, environmental and cultural change

Xavier Terradas

associated researcher

Socioeconomic strategies throughout prehistoric times

Ph.D. Students

Adriana Leite

Ph.D. Student

Ancient consumption patterns

Ana Catarina Basilio

Ph.D. Student

Chalcolithic-Bronze Age transition

Anastasia Eleftheriadou

Ph.D. Student

Computational archaeology, machine learning, image analysis, GIS, spatial analysis

Cláudia Relvado

Ph.D. Student

Diet, health and mobility in Portuguese Neolithic / Chalcolithic populations

Daniel Martins

Ph.D. Student

Daniela Maio

PH.D. Student

Analysis of mobility and settlement patterns during Middle and Upper Paleolithic using Geographic Information System (GIS)

Degsew Zerihun

Ph.D. Student

Plant and Human Culture, Paleobotany

Elena Skosey-LaLonde

PH.D. Student

Experimental biogeochemical and ethnohistorical approaches to interpret coastal environment and social resilience in Holocene southeastern Africa and the western Indian Ocean World

Guillermo Alfonso Alzate

Ph.D. Student

Geoarchaeologist exploring the behavior and interactions between human groups and the environment during the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition

Helena Reis

Ph.D. Student

Lithic analysis, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods

Humphrey Nyambiya

Ph.D. Student

Archaeozoology, Environmental Archaeology, Palaeoproteomics

İnci Nurgül Özdoğru

Ph.D. Student

Reconstructing paleoclimate and past human-environment interactions

Joana Belmiro

Ph.D. Student

Upper Paleolithic, Lithics

João Varela

PH.D. Student

Archaeology of the Paleolithic and Neolithic

Jovan Galfi

Ph.D. Student

Hunter-gatherer archaeology, Lithic technology

Miguel Soares Remiseiro

Ph.D. Student

Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition in Iberia using micromorphological and geoarchaeological methods

Nolan Ferar

Ph.D. Student

Evolution of lithic technology and knapping behaviors, and how these can shed light on cultural and cognitive evolution in the hominin lineage


Ph.D. Student

Reconstructing the environment from thousands of years ago with the use of animal fossils recovered from archaeological cave sites

Osman Karrar

Ph.D. Student

Technology, palaeogeography and landscape use in the Sudanese Stone Age

Roxane Matias

Ph.D. Student

Anthracology, Archaeobotany

Sarah Marie Foley

PH.D. Student

Hominin interactions with their environment

Sofia Kouki

PH.D. Student

Computational methods for micromorphological analysis

Takalani Dubayi

PH.D. Student

Valentina Lubrano

Ph.D. Student

Zooarchaeology and taphonomy to provide new data to discover Neanderthal behaviour

William Chase Murphree

Ph.D. Student

Sedimentary signature for late Neanderthal and Modern Human fire use in late Pleistocene Europe

Youssef Djellal

Ph.D. Student

Lithic technology, use-wear analysis on stone tools

Master Students

Chafim Belson Braga

Master Student

Human evolution and adaptation

Judite Artur Nhanombe

Master Student

Reconstitution of paleoenvironment

Leonor Filipe

Master Student

Zooarcheology and Mesolithic

Miguel Costa

Master Student

Funerary remains and prehistoric mandibles from Central Europe

Milton Chirindza

Master Student

Paleoenvironment, Analysis of biomarkers and geochemistry

Patrícia Simão

Master Student

Anthropology and Prehistoric Archaeology

Stela Gujamo

Master Student

Archaeological heritage

Associated Students

Alexandre Coelho Mateus

Associated Student

Environmental changes on aquatic coastal systems in Mozambique

André Santana

Associated Student

Geoarchaeology, Microarchaeology, Pyrotechnology

David Nora

Associated Student

Paleolithic archaeology, understanding how different raw materials influence human decision-making

Grace Ellis

Associated Student

Landscape archaeology, ancient land use practices, and human-environment interactions in the precolumbian tropics and paleolithic Portugal

Jacinto Mathe

Associated Student

Intersection of Human Evolution, Osteology, Taphonomy, and Conservation Paleobiology

João Coelho

Associated Student

Geospatial Paleontology; Paleoecology, and the Miocene of Gorongosa

Leandro Infantini

Associated Student

Underwater Archaeology and Geographic Information System in Archaeology (GIS)

Megan Beardmore-Herd

Associated Student

Primatology, behavioural ecology, human evolution

Rassina Farassi

Associated Student

Sofia Fonseca

Associated Student

African Archaeology, Cultural cooperation, Heritage

Sophie Berdugo

Associated Student

Social learning of stone tool use in chimpanzees to shed light on cultural transmission in our early human ancestors

Technical Support

Lino André

Project Admin

Pedro Coxito

Lab Technician