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Julio Mercader is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at UCalgary. He is a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, and a former Canada Research Chair. His work has been funded by tri-Council several times, and he currently directs a prestigious Partnership Grant from SSHRC linking North American, European, and African institutions to investigate evolutionary ecology and human origins in East Africa.
Julio’s interest in human evolution and tropical ecosystems has taken him to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. He is widely published in leading international journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS.