Contact: mario.novak@inantro.hr, +38515535108

 

Education, Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2020 – Graduate Faculty Scholar, College of Graduate Studies, University of Central Florida, USA
  • 2017 – senior research associate (ethnology and anthropology)
  • 2013 – senior research associate (archaeology)
  • 2009 – research associate (archaeology)
  • 2008 – PhD, Roman period archaeology; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
  • 2004 – MA, medieval archaeology; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
  • 2001 – BA, history and archaeology; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Work experience

  • 2021 – assistant director for international collaboration, Institute for Anthropological Research
  • 2021 – senior research associate, Institute for Anthropological Research
  • 2014 – research associate, Institute for Anthropological Research
  • 2013 – postdoctoral research fellow, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin
  • 2002-2013 – research fellow, Department of Archaeology, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Participation in research projects:

  • 2021-2023 Project collaborator – research project „After the fall of the ancient worlds – Life and death at the borderlands of the Gepid Kingdom“, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
  • 2020-2024  Project collaborator – research project “Prehistoric hunter gatherers in Istria and adjacent regions: patterns of Late Pleistocene lifestyle and mobility (PREHISTRIA)”, Croatian Science Foundation
  • 2020-2021 Principal investigator – research project „The Migration that shaped Europe: Health, Diet and Population Dynamics during the Migration Period (4th-8th Centuries CE), (EUROGENESIS)“, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
  • 2017-2019 Principal investigator – research project “Population changes and co-existence in the middle and southwestern part of the Carpathian Basin in the Avar Period (6th-9th centuries AD)”, Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia
  • 2017-2021  Principal investigator – research project “Reconstructing prehistoric (Neolithic to Bronze Age) lifestyles on the territory of Croatia – a multidisciplinary approach (PASTLIVES)”, Croatian Science Foundation
  • 2015-2018  Project collaborator – research project “The Danubian route of the Yamnaya culture”, Foundation for Polish Science
  • 2014 – today. Project collaborator – research project of the Croatian Science Foundation “The effects of endemic warfare on the health of historic period populations from Croatia“ (8100)
  • 2014 – today. Project collaborator – research project of the Irish Research Council “From hunters to farmers: The evolution of human populations preceding the emergence of agriculture”
  • 2014 – 2015. Project collaborator – research project of the European Research Council “From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45,000-4,500 BP)”
  • 2013 – 2015. Principal investigator – research postdoctoral project of the Irish Research Council „Analyses of the quality of life in Europe during the Early Middle Ages (AD 500-1100) – Comparisons between human skeletal series from Ireland and Croatia based onvbioarchaeological, ancient DNA and stable isotope data“ (GOIPD/2013/1)
  • 2012 – 2013. Project collaborator – research project of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Montenegrin Ministry of Culture „Malesija, Montenegro: Cultural landscape research, pilot studies“
  • 2007 – 2013. Project collaborator – research project of the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports „Bioarchaeological analyses of medieval populations from Croatia“ (101-1970677-0670)
  • 2002 – 2007. Project collaborator – research project of the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports „Development of a bioarchaeological data base for Croatia“ (0101021)

Organizational Skills and Competences

  • 2018 – 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2016 – 16th International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences Inter-Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2016 – 20th European Anthropological Association Congress, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Member of the Organising Board of the 16th International Symposium on Dental Morphology (ISDM) and 1st Congress of the International Association for Paleodontology (IAPO), Zagreb, 2014.

Fieldwork:

  • 2008-2009 – participation in fieldwork and preliminary identification of the victims of the war in Croatia 1991-1995 (Slunj, Tordinci)
  • 2002- 2012 – participation in over 500 identification cases of the victims of the war in Croatia 1991-1995
  • 1998- today – participation in archaeological excavations at over 30 sites in Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro

Research Interests: bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, paleopathology

List of Publications link

Editorial board member: American Journal of Biological Anthropology, PLoS ONE, Acta Palaeomedica

Teaching Experience

  • 2014 – guest lecturer, graduate study program „Archaeology of Food“ (School of Archaeology, University College Dublin)
  • 2011-2013 – undergraduate study program „Introduction to Forensic Anthropology“ (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
  • 2009-2013 – graduate study program „Forensic Anthropology“ (University Centre for Forensic Sciences, University of Split)

Memberships in Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Croatian Archaeological Society
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • European Anthropological Association
  • Paleopathology Association
  • International Association for Paleodontology
  • European Association of Archaeologists
  • British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology