Overview

Current Work

I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Griffith University's Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE), which is based within Griffith's Environmental Futures Research Institute. I am also the head of ARCHE's archaeology program. My main research interests include investigating the pattern and timing of the hominin colonisation of the Wallacean archipelago east of continental Asia and the later dispersal and evolution of early humans throughout the region, including our own species. Current field programs are based on the islands of Sulawesi and Flores in the east of Indonesia, where I have worked since 2010 and 2003, respectively. I am also interested in all aspects of the 'symbolic' uses of artefacts in the ancient human past and evidence for prehistoric art and symbolic expression generally, in particular in Pleistocene ('Ice Age') Asia. I was part of the team that discovered 40,000-year-old cave paintings on Sulawesi, challenging the conventional story that rock art and figurative depiction emerged in Europe. Previously, I have been awarded two ARC postdoctoral research fellowships, including a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2013-15). I have also held a postdoctoral research position within the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge (2007-09). In addition to my Sulawesi and Flores projects, I have conducted grant-funded archaeological research in Borneo, Java, India, Australia and England.  

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Subject Area Codes

  • Archaeological Science
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas

Country Affiliations

  • Indonesia

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 17 (Other: 17)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Education and Training

  • PhD Doctor Of Philosophy, The Australian National University 2003 - 2007
  • BA Bachelor Of Arts With Honours, James Cook University 1999 - 2000
  • BA Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland 1995 - 1997

Academic experience

  • Principal Research Fellow (ARC Future Fellow), Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University 2016 - 2017
  • Senior Research Fellow/DECRA Fellow, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University 2014 - 2016
  • Senior Research Fellow (DECRA Fellow), Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2013 - 2014
  • Research Fellow, Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2012 - 2013
  • ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (APD Fellow), Centre for Archaeological Science, University of Wollongong 2009 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge 2007 - 2009

Awards and Honours

  • Future Fellowship Award, Australian Research Council 2017 -
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Excellence of a Research Group (ARCHE), Griffith University (Sciences) - 2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Award (APD Fellowship), Australian Research Council 2009 - 2012
  • Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Achievement, Griffith University - 2014
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Australian Research Council 2013 - 2015
  • Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for an Emerging Researcher, University of Wollongong - 2012
  • Inaugural Ulm-Ross Prize for the Best Paper in Australian Archaeology, Australian Archaeological Association 2011 - 2012
  • The Australian National University Ph.D. Co-Funded Stipend Scholarship, The Australian National University 2003 - 2007

Visiting appointments

  • Honourary Senior Research Fellow, School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong 2014 - 2017