AGYA Member

Eleanor Scerri

Humanities

Areas of Expertise:
Archaeological Science, Human Evolution, Climate Change, Modelling, Biogeography


About me

I am the 'Lise Meitner' Professor in Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, where I lead the independent 'Pan African Evolution' research group. I am an archaeological scientist interested in exploring the articulation between material culture, genetics and biogeography to further theoretical, methodological and scientific advances in the field of human evolution. My research group combines primary fieldwork with a range of different modelling approaches using palaeoecological and genetic data, in order to test different hypotheses about the origins of our species. Geographically, my research focuses on the Arabian Peninsula and North and West Africa. Prior to my current position, I held a Marie-Curie Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, and British Academy Fellowship at the University of Oxford.


Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Groups Common Heritage and Common Challenges, Energy, Water, and Environment and Innovation

Academic Career

 

2019 -

 
 

'Lise Meitner' Professor & Independent Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany

 
 

2018 - 2019

 
 

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany

 
 

2014 - 2018

 
 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford, U.K.

 
 

2013 - 2014

 
 

Fondation Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Bordeaux, France

 
 

2009 - 2013

 
 

PhD in Archaeological Science, University of Southampton, U.K.

 
 

2001 - 2002

 
 

MA in Archaeology, University of Southampton, U.K.

 

Selected Publications

  • Scerri, E.M.L., Chikhi, L., Thomas, M.G. Beyond Multiregional and Simple Out of Africa Models of Human Evolution. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 1370–1372 
  • Scerri, E.M.L., Thomas, M.G., Manica, A., Gunz, P., Stock, J., Stringer, C.B., Grove, M., Groucutt, H.S., Timmermann A., Rightmire, G.P., d’Errico, F., Tryon, C., Drake, N.A.,  Brooks, A., Dennell, R., Durbin, R., Henn, B., Lee-Thorpe, J., deMenocal, P., Petraglia, M.D., Thompson, J., A., Scally, A., Chikhi, L. Did Our Species Evolve in Subdivided Populations across Africa, and Why Does It Matter? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 33, 582-594.
  • Scerri, E.M.L. The North African Middle Stone Age and its place in recent human evolution. Evolutionary Anthropology 26 (3), 119-135.

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Contact

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Kahlaische Str. 10 07745 Jena

+49 3641 686 971
scerri(at)shh.mpg.de

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