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director, heritage division

Clive Finlayson

Director, Heritage Division

research interests

  1. BulletThe Neanderthal Extinction

  2. BulletAgent-based modelling of Pleistocene hominin populations

  3. BulletBiogeography of hominins

  4. BulletClimate and ecological dynamics in the Quaternary and their impact on hominin populations

  5. BulletMulti-scale spatio-temporal distribution patterns in animals

  6. BulletDistribution patterns at large spatial scales.  Currently researching patterns across Afro-European continental and Mediterranean Atlantic oceanic gradients

  7. BulletBody size and the composition and structure of communities of vertebrates

  8. BulletHuman Ecology - the integration of the human species within ecological research studies as a way of modelling ecological conservation



academic background

1976    Bachelor of Science (BSc) Special Honours Degree in Zoology (Class I)

            The University of Liverpool, UK

1980    Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil)

            The University of Oxford, UK

1991    Master of Science (MSc) in Museum Studies

            The University of Leicester, UK


fellowships, memberships and awards

1976    Liverpool University Biological Society Prize for best student in the academic year

1976    Recipient of the first David Lack Studentship awarded by the British Ornithologists’ Union

1990    Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London

2003    Awarded MBE in H.M. The Queen’s New Year Honours

other related matters

Co-director (with C.B.Stringer, J. Rodriguez Vidal and F.Giles Pacheco) of the Gibraltar Caves Research Project 1991-present


Organiser of Calpe International Conferences in Gibraltar.


Supervised doctoral theses for the Universities of Oxford, Cardiff, Southampton and Anglia (UK)


Doctoral thesis examiner for the University of Córdoba, Rovira I Virgili and Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)


Collaborated with Professor Larry Sawchuk of the University of Toronto on anthropological research in Gibraltar 1987-present


Researched and assisted in a number of international television documentaries on ecology and on human evolution, in particular for the BBC Natural History Unit, National Geographic Explorer Series, Discovery Channel and Television Española. Most recently with BBC Television in a Horizon documentary on human origins to be screened in February 2005


Researched and presented several Gibraltar Television series on the Heritage of Gibraltar.


Contributed to a number of scientific programmes produced by BBC Radio.


Researched and assisted in the production of two National Geographic Magazine articles, one on Gibraltar and the other on Neanderthals.


Regular writer of popular science and history articles in the Gibraltar press, particularly the Gibraltar Chronicle, as well as for popular historical and science magazines.


Founder and Chairman of the Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society 1978-1992


Trustee of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust 1987-1989