ECDI Update: April 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News New article out – Discovery sheds light on why Pacific islands were colonised – https://www.anu.edu.au/news/all-news/discovery-sheds-light-on-why-pacific-islands-were-colonised. Ben Shaw has also made available a video of the excavations as it progressed – https://youtu.be/zq-CoqN8K_U Two Papua New Guinean sisters are using Tiktok to teach Enga and theirContinue reading “ECDI Update: April 2022 activities”

ECDI Update: March 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News World-first research confirms Australia’s forests became catastrophic fire risk after British invasion – https://theconversation.com/world-first-research-confirms-australias-forests-became-catastrophic-fire-risk-after-british-invasion-176563 ANU Field Schools See the Dawn in Mornington – https://chl.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/2058/anu-field-schools-see-dawn-mornington  The full set of  four ILARA lectures that Nick Evans gave are now available on YouTube: LectureContinue reading “ECDI Update: March 2022 activities”

ECDI Update: February 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News First ECDI field school diary summary – https://evolutionofculturaldiversity.anu.edu.au/2022/02/22/diary-of-the-ecdi-field-school-mornington-peninsula-6-19-feb-2022/ Great discussion with ECDI affiliate member Danielle Barth for International Mother Tongue Day – https://chl.anu.edu.au/news-events/news/2048/language-and-identity-conversation-dr-danielle-barth-occasion-international Welcome to the ECDI team Stephen Morey who is our latest affiliate member ____________________ Outreach Monthly SYNAPSEContinue reading “ECDI Update: February 2022 activities”

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”

ECDI Update: January 2022 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News Congratulations to Kim Sterelny on his appointment as a 2022 Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society, https://cognitivesciencesociety.org/fellows/ Welcome to the ECDI team Ross Pain who is our latest affiliate member. Congratulations to our ECDI researchers who have beenContinue reading “ECDI Update: January 2022 activities”

ECDI Update: December 2021 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News 1,500 endangered languages at high risk, ANU media release What is the future of the world’s linguistic diversity?, Ecology & Evolution ‘More than words’: Australia urged to lift its game in preserving Indigenous languages, The Australian LanguagesContinue reading “ECDI Update: December 2021 activities”

ECDI Update: November 2021 activities

This is a monthly update about the Evolution of Cultural Diversity Initiative (ECDI) activities and upcoming events. News Meet new ECDI researcher Ray Tobler Meet new ECDI researcher Joao Teixeira A fascinating tale from Futuna Island: Repatriating ancestral remains after 56 years Check out the stories about Shimona Kealy (p42-45) & Ben Shaw (p64-65) in the newContinue reading “ECDI Update: November 2021 activities”

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”