I am a Paleolithic Archaeologist specializing in Lithic Technology and early Hominin behavior. I was trained in Europe with Doctorate in Quaternary Geology (1985) from the University of Pierre & Marie Curie (Paris, France) and in the United State with a PhD in Anthropology (1995) from Indiana University Bloomington. I worked as a faculty member at the University of Algiers (Algeria) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) teaching Prehistory and Human Evolution, Research Scientist at the Stone Age Institute and Indiana University Bloomington (Indiana, USA), and currently I work at the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) as Research Professor and Coordinator of the Archaeology Program.
My research focuses on the study of the tempo and mode of the earliest human occupation in North Africa by investigating the Plio-Pleistocene Oldowan sites of Ain Boucherit and Ain Hanech, and the Hominin site of Tighennif (ex. Ternifine) in northern Algeria. I have published the results of my research in a number of International peer-reviewed journals.