Erik Otárola-Castillo

I am an archaeologist, human evolutionary biologist and biometrician. My research revolves around the question: “What do people eat and why?” To answer it, I study the diversity, ecology, evolution and co-evolution of behavioral phenotypes in prehistoric and modern foraging populations (human and non-human primates). Currently, I am interested in evaluating the effects that climatic change, variation of food-availability and-distribution had on the diet of some of the first forager populations across the North American Great Plains. As a biometrician and computational anthropologist I develop quantitative tools to answer questions in the context of the major dimensions of archaeological research: space, time and form. To this end I develop and implement optimal foraging models, 3D-morphometrics software, and statistical software for human evolutionary biologists and zooarchaeologists, spatio-temporal statistical models, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).