François-Xavier Ricaut

Participation: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

François-Xavier Ricaut is a biological anthropologist with 15 years of research experience across Island South East Asia and Australo-Melanesia. Since 2008 he has been affiliated to the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and he is based at the University of Toulouse (France). He received his Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (Paris, France) in 2003, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Leuven (Belgium). His research explores different aspects of the history and evolution of human populations, in particular the modalities of human settlement and adaptation that explain the observed genetic population structure and diversity. He has experience analyzing genetic and skeletal morphological variation in contemporary and ancient populations, and discusses his results in a large interpretative framework. Dr Ricaut is director of the French Prehistoric Project in Papua New Guinea (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).