Fernández López de Pablo, Javier


Phone: (+34) 607 982 079



Sponsor: Posdoctoral Ramón y Cajal MINECO Grant

PhD in History at the Alicante University (2005). From 2006 to 2008, as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where I further specialized in Geographic Information Systems, spatial analysis, hunter-gatherers anthropological theory and fieldwork methods in Late Paleolithic and Mesolithic open-air sites archaeological record. In United States, I also developed two short stages in November of 2007 and May of 2008 at the School of Human Evolution and Social Complexity at Arizona. In 2009 I was hired as a Lecturer in GIS at the Department of Anthropology at UCSB.
I came back to Spain in July of 2009 with a research contract from the Torres de Quevedo program of the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. I worked as the director of the research and innovation department at the company Arpa Patrimonio S.L
From January 2012 I’m working at IPHES (Tarragona, Spain) where I hold a tenure-track position (Ramón y Cajal program). During this time, I have set up a new research group named COMPATHEVOL (Complex Paths on Human Evolution) with Drs. Sergi Lozano, Alex Arenas and Ignasi Pastó.

Research Interest

  • Long-term socio-ecological dynamics and demographic patterns in the Mediterranean and Iberian Prehistory, particularly from the Late Glacial to the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition.
  • Landscape Archaeology, Geographic Information Systems, Quanitative Methods and Radiocarbon Modeling.
  • Lithic Technology.
  • Archaeomalacology and coastal archaeology.
  • Rock Art and Spatial Technologies.

Current projects

PALEODEM. Late Glacial and Postglacial Population History and Cultural Transmission in Iberia (c. 15,000-8,000 cal BP). (683018). Role: Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: ERC Consolidator Grant 2015, European Commission-Research Executive Agency. Time period: 01/10/2016-30/09/2021.

MULTISCALAR-DEM. Multi-scalar approaches to demographic dynamics between the Late Magdalenian and the Late Mesolithic in the Iberian Peninsula. (HAR2015-70685-ERC). Role: Principal Investigator. Funding Agency: Proyectos “Europa Excelencia” 2015, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, MINECO (Spain). Time period: 01/11/2015-31/10/2016. 

POSTGLACIAL-MED. Environmental dynamics and human responses during the Postglacial in the Mediterranean facade of Iberia (c. 12,700-8,000 cal BP) (HAR2013-41197-P). Co-PI with Dr. Francesc Burjachs. Funding Agency: MINECO Excelencia 2013, Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, MINECO (Spain). Time period: 01/01/2014-31/12/2016.

PRETM. Prehistoric transitions in the Mediterranean: cultural and economic responses to climate change during the Mesolithic-Bronze Age. Role: Scientist in Charge (Research fellow: Samantha E. Jones). Funding Agency: European Commission-Research Executive Agency. FP7-IEF-Marie Curie Actions. Time period: 01/03/2014-29/02/2016.

Publications (Selection)

Journal Articles

2016 Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I., Cuenca Solana, D., Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Colonese, A., Time for the tide. New perspectives on hunter-fisher-gatherer exploitation on intertidal resources in Atlantic Europe and Mediterranean regions. Quaternary International. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.04.044 JCR IF: 1.938, Quartile: 2 (Geosciences).

2016 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., The timing of postglacial coastal adaptations in Eastern Iberia: a Bayesian chronological model for the El Collado shell midden.  Quaternary International. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.077 JCR IF: 1.938, Quartile: 2 (Geosciences).

2015 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gabriel, S., El Collado shell midden (Oliva, Spain) and the exploitation patterns of littoral resources during the Mesolithic in Eastern Iberian Peninsula. Quaternary International. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.100  JCR IF: 1.938, Quartile: 2 (Geosciences).

2015 Burjachs, F., Jones, S.E, Giralt, S., Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Lateglacial to Early Holocene recursive aridity events in the SE Mediterranean Iberian Peninsula: The Salines playa lake case study. Quaternary International doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.117  JCR IF: 1.938, Quartile: 2 (Geosciences).

2015 Aswani, S., Vaccaro, I.; Abernethy, K.; Albert, S.; Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Can Perceptions of Environmental and Climate Change in Island Communities Assist in Adaptation Planning Locally?. Environmental Management., 56 (6): 1487-1501. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-015-0572-3

2015 Gibaja, J.F., Subirà, M.E.,[...] Fernández-López de Pablo, J., The emergence of Mesolithic Cemeteries in SW Europe: Insights from El Collado (Oliva, Valencia, Spain) Radiocarbon Record. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0115505. JCR IF: 3.53

2014 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Badal, E., Ferrer-García, C., Martínez-Ortí, A., Sanchís-Serra, A., Land snails as a diet diversification proxy during the Early Upper Palaeolithic in Europe. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104898 . JCR IF: 3.53.

2013 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Barton, M.A., Bayesian estimation dating of surface lithic collections. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (December 2013) DOI 10.1007/s10816-013-9198-z. JCR IF: 1.786, Quartile: 1 (Anthropology)

2013 Yanes, Y., Gómez-Puche, M., Esquembre, M. A., Fernández-López de Pablo, J. Younger Dryas-Early Holocene transition in the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula: insights from land snail Shell middens. Journal of Quaternary Science 28(8): 777-788. JCR IF: 2.939, Quartile: 1 (Geosciences)

2012 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Salazar-García, D.C., Subirà-Galdacano, M.E., Roca de Togores, C., Gómez-Puche, M., Richards, M.P., Esquembre-Bebia, M.A., Late Mesolithic burials at Casa Corona (Villena, Spain): direct radiocarbon and palaeodietary evidence of the last forager populations in Eastern Iberia. Journal of Archaeological Science 40(1): 671-680. JCR IF: 1.889, Quartile: 1 (Anthropology)

2011 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gómez-Puche, M., Martínez-Ortí, A. Systematic consumption of non-marine gastropods at open-air Mesolithic sites in the Iberian Mediterranean region. Quaternary International 244: 45 -53. JCR IF: 1.938, Quartile: 2 (Geosciences)

2011 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Gómez-Puche, M., Ferrer, C., YLL, R. El Arenal de la Virgen (Villena, Alicante), primer asentamiento perilacustre del Mesolítico de Muescas y Denticulados en la Península Ibérica: datos culturales, cronoestratigráficos y contextualización paleoambiental. Zephyrus, LXVIII: 87-114.

2010 Fernández-López de Pablo, J. & Jochim, M. The impact of the 8,200 cal yr BP event on human mobility strategies during the Late Mesolithic in Iberia. Journal of Anthropological Research 66 (1) 39- 68. JCR IF: 0,875 Quartile: 2 (Anthropology)

Contributions to edited books

2015 Fernández-López de Pablo, J., Ferrer, C., Tormo, C., Sanchís, A.,  New perspectives on the Mesolithic in Eastern Spain. The open-air archaeological record. Proceedings of the International Conference Muge, 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Mesolithic Shellmiddens vol. 2. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  p. 75-91.

2015 Gómez-Puche, M. Fernández-López de Pablo, J., AMS radiocarbon chronology of Late Mesolithic sites in the Upper Vinalopó Valley (Eastern Iberia). Proceedings of the International Conference Muge, 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Mesolithic Shellmiddens vol 2. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  p.109-124.

2014 Fernández-López de Pablo, J. Art traditions, cultural interactions and symbolic contexts during the Neolithic transition in the Eastern Iberian Peninsula. In C. Manen, Th. Perrin and J. Guilaine (Eds.). La transition Néolithique en Méediterranée. Editions Érrance & Archives d'Ecologie Prehistorique. pp. 365-397.

2014 Fernández­López de Pablo, J., Gómez Puche, M.M.. Esquembre Bebia, M.A. 2014.Casa Corona (Villena, Alicante, Spain).In Sala, R. (ed.), Pleistocene and Holocene hunter­gatherers in Iberia and the Gibraltar Strait: the current archaeological record. Universidad de Burgos­Fundación Atapuerca, pp.331­337.

2006 Fernández-López de Pablo, J; García, O., Juan- Cabanilles, J. Les lames de silex de grand format du Néolithique final et de L’Énéolithique du Pays Valencien (Espagne) Aspects technologiquesd’une production singulière . In Jean Vaquer & François Briois Ed(s). La fin de l’Âge de Pierre en Europe du Sud. pp. 257-272. Toulouse, Editions des Archives d'Ecologie Préhistorique.