My research focuses on the palaeoecology of NW Europe during the Late Pleistocene. I am particularly interested in predator-prey relationships, carnivore ecology, hyaena behaviours, and seasonality of the key-species. I try to get the most out of cementum and isotope analyses.
The large predators of the Ice Age
Micro-documentary about my research for a public audience, recorded at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science and UoA.
Researcher at the Royal Belgian Insitute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium.
Prizes and Awards
Aberdeen Research Futures Fund Award - Organisation of the workshop "Combining past and present to apprehend the future: How to conciliate Archaeology and Biology research?" in Aberdeen aiming to develop and strengthen an interdisciplinary network between the School of Geosciences (Archaeology and Palaeoecology) and the School of Biological Sciences (Ecology; Evolution; Environment; Ecophysiology).
I am currently accepting PhDs in Archaeology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Funding and Grants
Funded by BELSPO through a BRAIN project
My teaching mainly focuses on hunter-gatherer societies, where I work on deconstructing the image of the ape-like cavemen and contextualise their societies in a naturalistic perspective, where the changing environments and fauna are indissociable from their own evolution. I also make it a point of honour to draw students' attention to the many biases one can have when studying past or even modern hunter-gatherer societies (racist bias, first-world country bias, gender bias, political bias, system of values bias etc). I enjoy having debates with the students about all these topics and offer them theoritical tools to help them becoming better and more independant archaeologists.
My classes include:
Archaeology in Action! : Archaeology in the Cave
Caves to Kingdoms : Neanderthal, the other Human
Archaeology of the North : Hunter-gatherer lifeways in Palaeolithic Europe Part 1 & 2
Death! : Tutorial "Debating death - did Neanderthal bury their dead?"
Past Lives : Scientific Argumentation - How can archaeologists make better arguments?