Researcher biography

My archaeological research is mainly directed at understanding past human behaviour through the study of stone artefacts. I have current research projects in Australia, India, Africa and France that all seek to further develop our understanding of Palaeolithic human behaviour, settlement and subsistence via the study of lithic technology.

I completed my undergraduate and Honours degrees in archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (now the School of Social Science) at the University of Queensland in 1995. In 2004 I received my PhD in the School of Anthropology and Archaeology at the Australian National University on the topic of long-term technological change in Wardaman Country, Northern Territory. I then undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies at the University of Cambridge. In 2005 I returned to the School of Social Science to begin a second Postdoctoral Fellowship looking at Palaeolithic core technologies between Africa and Australia. I also began work with Dr Peter Hiscockon an ARC Discovery grant to investigate the technological and cognitive capabilities of Neanderthals in SW France. I have since worked on ARC and British funded projects investigating the effects of the Toba Super Erruption on hominin populations in India, and the dispersal of modern humans from Africa to Australia. I am now a senior lecturer in the School of Social Science and teach introductory archaeology, ancient technoloiges, Honours and Australian archaeology.

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