Burjachs Casas, Francesc

Affiliated Researcher

Phone: (+34) 607 981 734



Sponsor: IPHES

PhD in Biological Sciences (1990) and Degree in History (1981) by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. DEA in Quaternary, Prehistory and Human Evolution, Institut de Paléontologie Humaine - MNHN, Paris, France (1986).
ICREA Research Professor since 2001 at Universitat Rovira i Virgili and IPHES (Tarragona, Catalonia). I got a postdoctoral fellowships in Barcelona for 1990-1998, at the Institut de Ciències de la Terra ‘Jaume Almera’ - CSIC. Research Assistant at Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1994).

My investigation seeks to understand the climatic changes that happened along human evolution. This information is important to appreciate some of the factors which have influenced our evolution towards the current species. More precisely, my work is developed in the science of Palynology, which basically consists in the study of the fossil pollen trapped in the soil that our ancestors stepped on. In this way, we can describe the landscape in which they lived, the climate they endured, the vegetables they ate, etc. In this sense, I have led projects of the Spanish MICINN “Cambios tecnoculturales y de paisaje en la transición Pleistoceno – Holoceno en las zonas de influencia mediterránea de la Península Ibérica” (TRANSCULMED-I and II, ref. HUM2007-62915/HIST and HAR2008-01984/HIST; 2007-2012); “Dinámica ambiental y respuestas humanas durante el Postglacial en la fachada Mediterránea de la Península Ibérica (c. 12700-8000 cal. BP)” (POSTGLACIAL-MED, ref. HAR2013-41197-P; 2015-2017), and Generalitat de Catalunya “De la recerca aplicada a la socialització del coneixement: els canvis tecno-culturals i paisatgístics durant el Plistocè superior i l'Holocè” (2009 SGR 813).