Julio Mercader Florín

Adjunct Professor

Department of Geoscience

Doctor of Philosophy Archaeology

University of Madrid, 1997

B.A. Archaeology

University of Madrid, 1989

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Office : ES836


  • ARKY 205 Ancient Peoples And Places
  • ARKY 335 African Stone Age
  • ARKY 60313 Seminar on Special Topics
  • ARKY 60314 Seminar on Special Topics
  • ARKY 60315 Seminar on Special Topics


Julio Mercader Florín is a professor at the University of Calgary and the principal investigator of the SSHRC-funded project Stone Tools, Diet and Sociality. His current research focuses on human evolution, with specific regard to dietary and climatic change and how this impacted human evolution, with an emphasis on tropical ecosystems during the African Stone age. Dr. Mercader's research methods entail a multidisciplinary assessment of subsistence, diet, technology stability and change, as well as paleoenvironments. His current research is conducted at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. Over the years, he has also studied a diversity of archaeological sites in Central, West, and Southern Africa. Dr. Mercader has overseen field and laboratory work in multiple contexts, ranging from undergraduate field schools to highly technical laboratory set-ups. Dr. Mercader is also a research associate with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany, The Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES) in Spain, and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. In addition to this, he is a former Canada Research Chair in Tropical Archaeology.


  • Research Associate Anthropology George Washington University, USA, 2005
  • Research Associate Human Origins Program Smithsonian Institution, USA, 2005
  • University of Calgary, Young Innovator Award, 2004