Diary of the ECDI Field school Mornington Peninsula 6-19 Feb 2022

“It’s been a long road getting to today with planning and CoVID postponements but the first ANU Archaeology Field school for a couple of years is underway with an amazing group of students, on the Mornington Peninsula.” Ben Shaw The field school took students to the Mornington Peninsula for two weeks, working across two fieldContinue reading “Diary of the ECDI Field school Mornington Peninsula 6-19 Feb 2022”

Congratulations to ECDI’s Lindell Bromham

Congratulations to Lindell Bromham, Felicity Meakins, Xia Hua and Cassandra Algy who are the winners of the 2021 Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. Bringing together an Indigenous community member, linguist, mathematician and biologist, this team is studying Gurindji, an Indigenous language of northern Australia. Their research is developing new ways to understandContinue reading “Congratulations to ECDI’s Lindell Bromham”

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”

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 Field school—Mornington Peninsula

With an ongoing pandemic and constantly changing restrictions delaying his plans for a 2021 field school in Papua New Guinea, ECDI Research Fellow Ben Shaw turned to options for a domestic field experience. After six months of organising, he has pulled together a two-week field trip to the Mornington Peninsula, scheduled for September 2021. IfContinue reading “ECDI Field school—Mornington Peninsula”

ECDI ARC funding success

Congratulations to João Teixeira, Kim Sterelny and Evan Kidd João Teixeira for his success in winning a Discovery Early Career Researcher and joining our Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative interdisciplinary team with the project, “Encounters with hominids: the history of human arrival in Sahul” Kim Sterelny on his successful Discovery Project, “Beyond Scenarios: Testable ModelsContinue reading “ECDI ARC funding success”

Investigating the Evolution of Cultural Diversity

The Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) unites researchers from multiple disciplines and institutions to investigate how Oceania came to be the most culturally and linguistically diverse region on the globe. ECDI Research Fellow Ben Shaw reflects on this effort and describes how the field school he has proposed will further the mission of theContinue reading “Investigating the Evolution of Cultural Diversity”