Prof Clive Finlayson, BSc, MSc, PhD

Prof Clive Finlayson, BSc, MSc, PhD Image

University of Gibraltar:

PhD Supervisor
Beacon Professor
Natural Sciences & Environment
Research & Research Degrees Committee


Professor Finlayson is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute of Life and Earth Sciences and is based at the Gibraltar National Museum, where he is Director, Chief Scientist and Curator. Clive has a first class Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Liverpool and was awarded a doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford in 1980. In 1991 he completed his MSc in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. He was appointed a Beacon Professor of the University of Gibraltar in 2019.

Research Interests

Clive is an evolutionary ecologist and his main areas of research are the biogeography of hominins, avian biogeography and evolutionary ecology. In 2001 Clive was made Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and in 2003 he was awarded MBE in HM the Queen’s New Year Honours. He was elected a Member at the Academia Europaea in 2010. Clive has worked as a consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Paris.

Clive has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and has written a number of books, including Neanderthals and Modern Humans (Cambridge University Press), The Humans who went Extinct, the Improbable Primate (Oxford University Press) and Birds of the Strait of Gibraltar and Avian Survivors (Bloomsbury).

Selected Publications

Finlayson, C., Brown, K., Blasco, R., Rosell, J., Negro, J.J., Bortolotti, G.R., Finlayson, G., Sánchez Marco, A., Giles Pacheco, F., Rodríguez Vidal, J., Carrión, J.S., Fa, D.A. & Rodríguez Llanes, J.M. (2012) Birds of a Feather: Neanderthal Exploitation of Raptors and Corvids. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45927. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045927

Finlayson, C., Carrión, J., Brown, K., Finlayson, G., Sánchez-Marco, A., Fa, D.A., Rodríguez-Vidal, J., Fernández, S., Fierro, E., Bernal-Gómez, M. & Giles-Pacheco, F. (2011). The Homo habitat niche: Using the avian fossil record to depict ecological characteristics of Palaeolithic Eurasian hominins. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30 (11-12), 1525–1532. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.01.010

Finlayson, C., Monclova, A., Carrión, J.S., Fa, D.A., Finlayson, G., Rodríguez-Vidal, J., Fierro, E., Fernández, S., Bernal-Gómez, M. & Giles-Pacheco, F. (2011). Ecological transitions– but for whom? A perspective from the Pleistocene. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology,

Finlayson, C., Fa, D.A., Finlayson, G. & Jennings, R. (2011). Lost worlds: Biogeography of the Genus Homo in the Plio-Pleistocene. 5th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society: Heraklion, Crete, Greece. Book of Abstracts, p. 11.

Finlayson, C., Fa, D.A., Jimenez-Espejo, F., Carrion, J.S., Finlayson, G., Giles Pacheco, F., Rodríguez Vidal, J., Stringer, C. & Martinez Ruiz, F. (2008). Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar : The persistence of a Neanderthal population. Quaternary International, 181: 64–71.

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