Martínez Polanco, María Fernanda

Affiliated Researcher


I am an anthropologist from the National University of Colombia (Bogotá D.C.) where I obtained a Master’s degree in biology in 2008. After that, I won an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for studying a Master’s degree in "Quaternary and Prehistory" at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona) and Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (Paris) (2010-2012). Then I was awarded an Andrew Mellon Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama) (2014-2015). Subsequently I was awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a PhD degree at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle and Università degli Studi di Ferrara (2018-2021). Currently, I hold a Margarita Salas fellowship at Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES) (Tarragona) and Mammalogy Section of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (Munich).

My principal academic interests are to understand human-animal relationships across time and space in the Neotropics. The study of animal exploitation in the pre-European period enables us to better understand human lifestyles in these geographical area, as well past animal extinctions in particular in island environments. In addition, my research provides important insights for sustainable resource manage strategies and wildlife conservation in current times. To develop my lines of research, I follow an interdisciplinary path starting with anthropology going through biology in particular through wildlife management and concentrating on archaeology.