Wupun Sun mat by Indigenous artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson


Meet Ray Tobler

Two broad and interrelated concerns currently motivate ECDI Research Fellow Ray Tobler’s research. One is an interest in historical questions around the evolution and movement of people in Island Southeast Asia, Australia and New Guinea — and how this history informs our understanding of the region’s immense diversity. The other is applying knowledge of humanContinue reading “Meet Ray Tobler”

Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship

Applications close 11 October 2021 Each year the School of Culture History and Language (“School”) in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific may offer an award known as the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship (“Award”). Funding for this Award has been provided by the Commonwealth of Australia’s National Institutes Grant. TheContinue reading “Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative PhD Scholarship”

SYNAPSE Seminar 6 Sept

This seminar is part of SYNAPSE: The CHL trans-disciplinary seminar series Seminar: How useful is the ‘hunter-gatherer’ label in explaining the diversification of Indigenous Australian societies? Speaker: Laurent Dousset When: 6 Sept 2021, 4pm-5.30pm AEST Registration via Eventbrite This is an online event and will be hosted via Zoom; Login details for the Zoom event will be includedContinue reading “SYNAPSE Seminar 6 Sept”

Meet João Teixeira

Research Fellow João Teixeira will commence his DECRA fellowship at ECDI in the second half of 2021, as he returns to Australia from his native Portugal. João’s academic interests lie in the demographic and adaptive history of the human species. By analysing the DNA of contemporary populations from Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia, João’s DECRAContinue reading “Meet João Teixeira”

ECDI is hiring!

Applications close 23 September 2021 The goal of this position is to advance our understanding of the evolution of cultural diversity in Melanesia, by developing methods to integrate the different data and models furnished by a wide range of disciplines, each giving us a partial insight into the region’s deep human past. The successful candidateContinue reading “ECDI is hiring!”