Mercader, Julio

Affiliated Researcher


Dr.Mercader is a Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada. His research has spanned over 2 decades and 8 countries in Africa. Well versed in Paleoethnobotany and Human Paleoecology, Dr. Mercader’s research focuses on how paleoenvironments shaped Hominin behaviour with regards to stone tool technology, diet, subsistence, and how these factors helped drive human evolution on a larger scale. His current research is conducted at the site of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, wherein he has a particular focus on interconnections among plant cover, food ways, technology, water availability and the strategic settlement across the African landscape and the roles these factors played in the evolution of humanity.He has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, written several book chapters, and participated in over 40 conferences. He has additionally, held post doctoral positions at George Washington University, and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as being a research associate with the Max Planck institute for the Science of Human History.