Short CV/Education and training


  • 1986 – 1992
    BSc in Geogrpahy and History at the UB

  • 1994 – 1995
    MSc in Geography and History at the UB under the supervision of Prof. Josep M. Fullola, working on phytolith identification from storage pits at Cova del Parco (Alòs de Balaguer, La Noguera)

Research training (PhD):

  • 1996 – 1999
    PhD in Prehistory at the UB (Spain), under the supervision of Prof. Josep M. Fullola (UB), Prof. Stephen Weiner (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel) and Dr. Linda Scott-Cummings (PaleoResearch Lab., USA). My research was conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), working on the development of methods for identifying and quantifying the production of phytoliths in plants and their application to Middle Paleolithic hearths to understand combustion processes, and exploitation of plant resources.

Postdoctoral Research:

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoctoral fellow at the CEPAM (CNRS) Sophia Antipolis. The research was led by Directeurs de recherché Patricia Anderson and Liliane Meignen and my research work was on study of Middle Paleolithic fires from Hayonim cave.

Current Position:

  • Since 2002
    ICREA Research Professor and Principal Investigator of the Research Group for Paleoecological and Geoarchaeological Studies (GEPEG) of the University of Barcelona (UB)

  • Since 2007
    Associate Professor at the Department of Prehistory, Ancient History and Archaeology of the UB

Selected publications

  • Daura, J., Sanz, M., García, N., Allué, E., Vaquero, M., Fierro, E., Carrión, J.S., López-García, J.M., Blain, H.A., Sánchez-Marco, A., Valls, C., Albert, R.M., Fornós, J. J., Julià, R., Fullola, J.M., Zilhão, J. 2013. Terrasses de la Riera dels Canyars (Barcelona, Spain): the landscape of Heinrich Stadial 4 north of the "Ebro frontier" and implications for modern human dispersal into Iberia. Quaternary Science Reviews 60, 26-48.

  • Albert, R. M., Marean, C. 2012. Early Homo Sapiens Exploitation of Plant Resources Through The Study Of Phytoliths: A Case Study From Site Pinnacle Point 13b (South Africa). Geoarchaeology Journal 27, 363-384.

  • Blumenschine, R.J., Stanistreet, I.G., Njau, J.K., Bamford, M.K., Masao, F.T., Albert, R.M., Stollhofen, H., Andrews, P., Fernanadez-Jalvo, Y., Prassack, K.A., McHenry, L.J., Camilli, E.L., Ebert, J.I. 2012. Environments and activity traces of hominins across the FLK Peninsula during Zinjanthropus times (1,84 MA), Olduvai Gorge Tanzania. Journal of Human Evolution 63, 364-383.

  • Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K. 2012. Vegetation during uppermost Bed I and deposition of Tuff IF at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, based on phytoliths and plant remains. Journal of Human Evolution 63, 342-350.

  • Albert, R. M., Berna, F., Goldberg, P. 2012. Insights on Neanderthal Fire Use at Kebara Cave (Israel) through high Resolution Study of Prehistoric Combustion Features: evidence from phytoliths and thin sections. Quaternary International 247, 278-293.

  • Portillo, M., Albert, R.M. 2011. Husbandry practices and livestock dung at the Numidian site of Althiburos (el Médéina, Kef Governorate, northern Tunisia): the phytolith and spherulite evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 3224-3233.

  • Cabanes, D., Albert, R.M. 2011. Microarchaeology of a collective burial: Cova des Pas (Menorca). Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (5), 1119-1126.

  • Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Cabanes, D. 2009. Palaeoecological significance of palms at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania based on phytolith remains. Quaternary International 193, 41- 48.

  • Albert, R.M., Shahack-Gross, R., Cabanes, D., Gilboa, A., Lev-Yadun, S., Portillo, M., Sharon, I., Weiner, S. 2008. Domestic uses of plants during the Iron Age I at Tel Dor (Israel): The results of phytolith analyses. Journal of Archaeological Science 35, 55-75.

  • Albert, R.M., Bamford, M.K., Cabanes, D. 2006. Taphonomy of phytoliths and macroplants in different soils from Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) and the application to Plio-Pleistocene palaeoanthropological samples. Quaternary International 148, 78-94.

  • Bamford, M.K., Albert, R.M., Cabanes, D. 2006. Assessment of the Lowermost Bed II Plio-Pleistocene vegetation in the eastern palaeolake margin of Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania) and preliminary results from macroplant fossil remains and phytoliths. Quaternary International 148, 95-112.

  • Albert, R.M., Bar-Yosef, O., Meignen, L., Weiner, S. 2000. Phytoliths in the Middle Paleolithic deposits of Kebara cave, Mt. Carmel, Israel: Study of the plant materials used for fuel and other purposes. Journal of Archaeological Science 27(10), 931-947.

  • Albert, R.M., Tsatskin, A., Ronen, A., Lavi, O., Estroff, L., Lev-Yadun, S., Weiner, S. 1999. Mode of occupation of Tabun Cave, Mt. Carmel Israel, during the Mousterian period: A study of the sediments and the phytoliths. Journal of Archaeological Science 26 (10), 1249-1260.

Selected projects

Funded Projects as Principal Investigator:

  • Las Actividades Agricolas y Ganaderas y su Distribucion Espacial En Tell Halula (Siria): Aportaciones de los Fitolitos y Esferolitos Fecales. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. HAR2011-13484-E, 2012.

  • The Impact of Paleoecological Change on Human Evolution and Exploitation of Vegetal and Marine resources: Olduvai Gorge and Mossel Bay. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – HAR2010-15967, 2011 – 2013

  • Paisaje y uso de los Recursos vegetales de los primeros Homo sapiens: Mossel Bay, Sudáfrica. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – HAR2009-05938-E/HIST, 2010 – 2011

  • Prácticas Agrícolas y Ganaderas en las Primeras sociedades Neolíticas del Levante. Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – HAR2009-06147-E/HIST, 2009 – 2010

  • Pautas de supervivencia de los primeros homínidos africanos a través del estudio de la vegetación y reconstrucción del paisaje: El ejemplo de la Garganta de Olduvai (Tanzania, Àfrica Oriental) – Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia – HUM2007-63023, 2007 – 2010

  • Ecologia del Paisatge i Pautes de Supervivència dels Primers Homínids a la Gorja d?Olduvai (Tanzània): La reconstrucció de la vegetació durant el Plio-plistocé – Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) – 2006EXCAV00019, 2006 – 2009

  • Origins and Development of Agricultural Practices in the Levant. Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia – HUM2006-26456-E/HIST, 2006 – 2007

Research Groups:

  • Grups de Recerca Consolidat de la Generalitat de Catalunya: Grup d'Estudis Paleoecològics i Geoarqueològics (GEPEG). Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) (Generalitat de Catalunya) – 2009SGR1418, 2009 – 2013

  • Participation in other relevant National and International Projects

  • IPG – Developing and Testing an Integrated Paleoscape Model for the early Middle and Late Pleistocene of the South Coast of South Africa. National Science Foundation (NSF). Award Number:1138073; Principal Investigator:Curtis Marean; Co-Principal Investigator:Richard Cowling, Kim Hill, Janet Franklin; Organization: Arizona State University; NSF Organization: BCS Award Date:09/15/2011

  • Paleography of the FLK Site Complex and Oldowan Hominin Land Use during Middle Bed I times, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. National Geographic Society – 8417-08, 2008 – 2009

  • Palaeolithic, Pyrotechnology, High Resolution Behavioral Events, and the Neanderthal/Modern Human Question. National Science Foundation (NSF) – 0551927, 2006 – 2007

  • Oldowan Hominin Land Use in the Post-Volcanic Lowermost Bed II Eastern Olduvai Basin, Tanzania. Wenner Green Foundation. Nueva York (USA), 2006

  • Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Context of the Origins of Modern Humans in South Africa: Constructing a Detailed Record from 400,000 – 30,000 Years Ago. National Science Foundation (NSF) – 0524087, 2005 – 2008

  • Investigation of Adaptation to the Arid Zone in the Levantine Early Neolithic. National Science Foundation (NSF) – 0410097, 2004 – 2007

  • Landscape successions and traces of Oldowan hominidland use at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. National Science Foundation (NSF) – 0109027, 2001 – 2003

  • Economie des combustibles au Paleolithique. Approche experimentale et applications archeologiques. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. (Francia) / Ministère de Recherche, 2001 – 2003

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Member of Scientific Committee:

  • Radiocarbon and Archaeology, 6th International Symposium, Pafos (Cyprus), April 10-15, 2011

  • 7th International meeting on Phytolith research, Mar de Plata (Argentina), 2008

  • 6th International meeting on Phytolith research, Barcelona (Spain), 2006

  • 2nd International Workshop "Olduvai Paleolandscape Project", Barcelona (Spain), 2005

  • 5th International meeting on Phytolith research, Moscow (Russia), 2004

  • 1st European Meeting on Phytoliths Research. CSIC. Madrid (Spain), 1996

  • Viatge als Orígens de la Humanitat. University of Barcelona and La Caixa, Barcelona (Spain), 2003

Present member of:

  • Founder and Director of the Research Group for Palaeoecological and Geoarchaeological Studies. Recognized as a Quality Research Group by the Catalan Government in 2005; since 2005

  • Member of the Society for American Archaeology, 2006, 2013

  • Board Member of the Quaternary International Journal

    Member of the International Society for Phytolith Research, since 1996

  • Member of the Catalan Association of Bioarchaeology, since 2008

  • Member of OLAPP (Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project), since 2001

  • Member collaborator of the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), since 1996

  • Member of the International Committee for Phytolith Nomenclature, 2006 – 2010

  • Elected Board Member of the International Society for Phytolith Research, 2004 – 2006

  • Elected member of the Junta de Facultat of Geography and History, 2004 – 2008

  • Member of the Grup de Recerca Arqueobalear, University of Illes Balears, 2004 – 2008

  • Member of the Seminari d'Estudis i Recerques Prehistòriques (SERP) of the UB, recognized as a Quality Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya; 1992 – 2000, 2003 – 2005

  • Member of Equip de Recerca Arqueomètrica (ERAUB) of the UB, recognized as a Quality Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya, 2001 – 2002

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