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I Wayan Arka

Australian National University
Wayan is a Professor of Linguistics, and Convenor of the Indonesian Language Program, at the School of Culture, History and Language, College of the Asia and the Pacific at the ANU. His research interests include descriptive, theoretical and typological linguistics, with an areal focus on the Austronesian and Papuan languages of Indonesia. His research examines the interfaces of morphology, syntax, and semantics/pragmatics framed in a larger socio-cultural context.

Danielle Barth

Australian National University
Danielle Barth is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Australian National University. Her areas of expertise are: Linguistics, Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics).

Rachael Brown

Australian National University
Rachel Brown is a philosopher of biology and Director of the Centre for Philosophy of the Sciences (CPS) in the School of Philosophy. Her research interests overlap with those of the ECDI in understanding cultural evolution and diversification in Oceana across the span of human history.

Simon Coxe

Monash University
Simon is a professional archaeologist with over 14 years’ experience working within the heritage and cultural research sector.

Rebecca Hamilton

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Rebecca Hamiton is a palaeoecologist Her research focuses on reconstructing past ecological change in Sunda (Cambodia), Wallacea (Sulawesi), the Philippines and Australia from timescales ranging from decades to hundreds of thousands of years. I am interested in applying my work to understanding the inter-relationships between climate, tropical landscapes and people during critical periods of human movement and social unheaval.

Anton Killin

Australian National University
Anton’s areas of research include the evolution of music and language (and cognitive/cultural evolution more generally) as well as various issues in philosophy of the sciences and philosophy of the arts.

Clare McFadden

Australian National University
Cale McFadden is a biological anthropologist at the Australian National University. Her work on past population dynamics is a key component in several of ECDI’s research themes. Population structure, size, growth and mobility are all recognised contributors to cultural transmission and evolution. Estimating these demographic variables for past populations can provide us with insights into how diversity has emerged, with continuity into human prehistory.

Amina Mettouchi

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Paris)
Amina Mettouchi is a linguist at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and CNRS LLACAN (Paris), her area of expertise is the Berber(/Amazigh) languages of North Africa. She is particularly interested in the way population movements and contacts can be retraced based on transdisciplinary research involving the study of cultural gestures, archaeology, oral history and literature, etc. Her current project revolves around the language of food and food preparation, and its contribution to a better knowledge of contacts and migrations within the Sahara, during and since the African Humid period (14 500-5 500 BP), as well as its importance for the current documentation and maintenance of endangered languages and cultures.

Stephen Morey

La Trobe University
Stephen Morey ( is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University. He has been researching and documenting the tribal languages of the India-Myanmar border, from both Tai-Kadai and Tibeto-Burman families since 1996, with a particular focus on traditional songs and ritual language. He also researches the Aboriginal languages of Victoria, working with archival sources, manuscripts and 19th century publications and in collaboration with community members working towards language revitalization.

Ross Pain

Australian National University
Ross Pain is a philosopher of biology with interests in cognitive, cultural and social evolution. His current research focusses particularly on inferential issues in archaeology.

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