Dr. Debbie Argue
Dr. Argue is an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow who is researching Homo floresiensis, and, in particular, is seeking to identify the ancestors of this new species of Homo and to discover its place in the human evolutionary tree. Her team comprises Professor Colin Groves (ANU) and Professor William Jungers (Stonybrook, New York). Her PhD focused on human evolution in Africa and Europe in the Early Pleistocene; her MA focused on human evolution in the Middle Pleistocene. Previously Debbie was an archaeologist specialized in Australian prehistory, particularly of the Australian Alps. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she was a Heritage Officer in local government, engaged in the identification and conservation of Aboriginal and historic heritage in the ACT.
Ms. Maria Arnold
Ms. Arnold is working with Professor Groves in carrying out research on threats to the three largest chimpanzee populations in Uganda through the collection of data in the Congo Republic. Her research involves taking anatomical measurements of the three chimpanzee subspecies from Central, East and West Africa.
Dr. Robert Attenborough
Dr Robert Attenborough is a member of a cross-disciplinary team, led by Zhongwei Zhao of ADSRI, which has a research project called ‘Using dynamic microsimulation to understand the evolution and structure of kin- and community-based populations in the past, present and future’. The project received a three-year CASS Continuing Project Grant and in 2012, its first year, its main activities were a series of workshops. In 2013 it will move to a phase of specific computer-intensive microsimulation research studies focused on China and Australia.
Dr Doreen Bowdery
Dr Bowdery is a research interests include: archaeological science, the archaeology of Asia, Africa and the Americas. She focusses on the field of phytolith analysis.
Dr Shirley Campbell
Dr Campbell completed her book, /The Art of Kula/, analyzing the art produced by men for Kula in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea. She has continued her interests in the ways indigenous art reflects the contemporary aspirations of indigenous people to construct an identity that articulates with how they see themselves in a globalised discourse.
More recently she has initiated research that combines issues of embodiment within an Australian cultural context and 'gym culture'. In so doing, Dr Campbell is utilising anthropological insights and methodology to identify the elements that attract a segment of the Australian population into fitness centres and the processes of defining these cohorts as 'cultures' or sites for constructing, contesting, and displaying 'bodies'. She anticipates that this research will not only provide a greater understanding of how concepts of 'body' are developed, but hopes to turn this research towards policy development leading towards a healthier and more active population against an increasingly unhealthy backdrop to western lifestyles.
Emeritus Professor Graham Connah
Professor Connah has written widely on African archaeology which is his main research field, his best-known book being African civilizations, published by Cambridge University Press and now in its second edition (2001). In 2004 he published a general book on the archaeology of Africa with Routledge, London, entitled Forgotten Africa, which has since been translated into German (2006) and French (2008). He was also one of the pioneers of Australian historical archaeology and in 2007 published The same under a different sky? A country estate in nineteenth-century New South Wales, British Archaeological Reports, Oxford, UK. In 2008 he completed a book on archaeological writing for Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Catherine Day
Catherin's interests include understanding past population structure and gene flow across space and time. Her current project focuses on the village of Stourton in southwestern England, and the surrounding parishes of Kilmington, Penselwood, Zeals and Gillingham. Pedigrees for all inhabitants of the villages are being constructed, with the aim of determining the level of inbreeding in some agricultural communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. One aspect is to examine the birthplaces of all spouses married in Stourton, as well as the birthplaces of the fathers of illegitimate children, where this information is available. The distances over which mates were selected will be examined and analysis will be conducted on the change over time. The well-known effect of the invention of the bicycle on the distance from which potential mates could be selected will also be considered.
Mr. Ian Farrington
Research interests: central and south America, and landscape archaeology.
1. Preparation of a monograph on the Concept of Cusco and the ideal city in Tawantinsuyu
2. The importance of the feline among the Inka: archaeological and ethnohistorical perspectives
Dr Don Gardner
Research interests: Social theory, Melanesian societies, cosmologies in historical perspective, cultural response to material conditions. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Antonio Gonzalez
During the time as visiting fellow with the ANU Dr Gonzalez intends to write a number of papers based on his PhD thesis. This work covers both archaeological and recent populations of primitive dogs and of wild Canis; the data collected from 30 museums, universities and private collections of Australia, Israel, India, USA, Germany and France has allowed the clarification of the taxonomic status of some wild Canidae and has also shed light on the evolutionary path of the pariah dog.
Additionally, Dr Gonzalez collaborates with several ANU scientists, and two articles co-authored with Prof. Colin Groves, from the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, and A/Prof. Geoffrey Clark, from the School of Culture, History and Language will soon be submitted for publication to peer-reviewed journals.
In the near future he is also keen to apply for a Scholarship from the Smithsonian Museum; Dr Melinda Zeder, has given her support and identified some aspects of the domestication of South American camelids as a fitting subject. ARC funding will also be requested for a project focusing on dingo identity, and as to whether dingo/wild dog populations should be regarded as valuable biodiversity; the topic is pertinent to his ongoing research which has proved that many dingo populations retain a strong biological identity in spite of a hybrid background.
Dr Gail Higginbottom
Research interests: Landscape archaeology, archaeoastronomy, megalithic monuments, history of archaeological theory, phenomenology, belief systems, heritage interpretation and the uses of archaeology.
Dr Ian Keen
Dr Keen has recently completed a book published by Oxford University Press on comparative study of Aboriginal economy and society at the threshold of colonisation. For more information on the book, visit Aboriginal Economy and Society
Dr. Christiane Keller
Dr Keller completed her PhD at this School (SOAA) in 2007 and then went on to hold curatorial positions at the Western Australian Museum as well as the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory where she was a senior curator.
During her time as a Visitor to the ANU, Dr Keller is revising her PhD thesis to be published through ANU e-press. She also intends to publish a number of essays and articles on various topics of her recent research including art from Mt Margaret Mission in WA, the history of basket making in the Western Desert and her research into multi-sensory experiences of Indigenous fibre artists. Dr Keller will take an active part in the College life through the presentation of papers on her research and the screening of her most recent film Tjanpi Nyawa! Look at the Grass!.
Dr Keller has also a developed interest in visual anthropology having completed one film and with another in train. She is on the visual anthropology seminar program and will be presenting at the ANU within a few weeks. The School very much looks forward to her association with the School and her contribution to intellectual life at here. She will also be instrumental at the School with research output and for the networking opportunities she will bring to institutions and communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Dr Keller works closely with Professor Nicolas Peterson at the School.
Ms. Anika Koenig
Ms. Koenig submitted her thesis for approval in August 2012. She is currently preparing a proposal for the publication of her PhD thesis, entitled: The Cultural Face of Conflict: Dayak-Madurese Violence in 1996/97 in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Ms. Koenig is currently working on grant applications for a new research on medical tourism, with a particular focus on reproductive technologies. The preparations are at an early stage, mainly consisting of literature research and contacting researchers who have worked in that field.
Dr Margot Lyon
Dr Lyon's research interests include: critical medical anthropology; the anthropology of pharmaceuticals; emotion and embodiment; globalisation and change; Southeast Asian societies particularly Indonesia. She is currently working on a book on patterns of medicine use in Indonesia.
Dr. Oliver Macgregor
Over the next two years, Dr Macgregor will be living in Roxby Downs, South Australia and working on the Olympic Dam Archaeology Project, a consultancy project involving Huonbrook Environment and Heritage (Philip Hughes and Marjorie Sullivan, company owners and directors) and BHP Billiton. The project is a salvage exercise which has collected sites from BHPB’s Olympic Dam mining lease, and is now in the process of cataloguing the material collected. The final phase of the project, which will span from mid 2012 to 2013, is the analysis of the archaeological sites and the publication of results. While some of the research projects will involve collaboration with Professor Peter Hiscock (ANU), Professor Marjorie Sullivan and Dr Philip Hughes (ANU visiting researchers), the projects Dr. Macgregor will be working on will either be led by him, or will involve him carrying out a major part of the analysis and background research.
The two main research questions Dr. Macgregor will be pursuing over the following two years are: a) How did prehistoric groups shape quarried stone to organise technological systems which were transportable and optimised for group mobility? b) How were technological systems constructed to enable reliable and economical production of backed artefacts?
Dr. Heloisa Mariath
Dr. Mariath is interested in the development of obligatory bipedalism as one of the key adaptations of the human lineage within the broad path of human evolution. From the beginning of this century a number of new fossil specimens have been described significantly increasing the number of species and specimens accessible for study. Dr Mariath is proposing to examine and re-analyse the available data on the hominid tarsal and metatarsal bones including the often neglected information on enthuses in order to shed light on the sometimes unclear aspects of human bipedal evolution.
Dr. Mariath is seeking a visiting fellowship at the ANU with the aim of preparing a robust research proposal for the Australian Research Council to review the evolution of human bipedalism. From her research to date, it appears that discussion in the literature is sometimes specimen/species focused and an overarching analysis including the more recently discovered species and additional specimens of already studied species does not seem to have yet been undertaken.
Emrita Professor Isabel McBryde
Emerita Professor Isabel McBryde completed degrees in Latin and History at Melbourne University before departing for Cambridge in 1958. In 1960 her distinguished career as an archaeologist began in Australia's first titles position in Prehistory and Ancient History at the University of New England. During this time she completed her PhD as part of pioneering regional studies in the New England area. In 1974 she was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Prehistory and Anthropology at the Australian national University, culminating in her appointment to the Chair of Prehistory in 1986. Retired in 1994, Isabel holds Honorary Visiting Fellowships at the Australian National University and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. In Addition to her academic contributions, Isabel has been active in a wide range of arenas relating to archaeology and cultural heritage over the last four decades. Significantly, she was a founding member of the Australian Archaeological Association Inc. and served as its first Secretary in 1974-75.
Dr Barry McGowan
Dr McGowan is a researcher examining the history and heritage of rural and regional Australia, including Australian mining history and heritage, and the history and heritage of the Chinese people in Australia.
Dr Erik Meijaard
Dr. Erik Meijaard is a Senior Forest Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy - Indonesia. He is a member of the IUCN/SSC Deer Specialist Group and the Great Ape Subsection of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, and Regional Coordinator for Asia and member of the IUCN/SSC Pigs, Peccaries and Hippos Specialist Group. He is collaborating with Professor Colin Groves on a number of projects including studies on the morphometric variation in Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and Bornean Elephant (Elephas maximus) and in the longer term they plan to work on a book about the mammals of Sundaland.
Dr. Doreen Montag
Dr. Montag is a lecturer in Medical Anthropology with almost 20 years of experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. She received her DPhil in Anthropology from Oxford University. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the Radcliff-Brown Trust of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Bamborough Fund, the Linacre Trust Fund and the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University, is an ethnography of fever in the Peruvian Amazon. It focuses on how historical factors, embodied biopolitics, current environmental degradation and increase in emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases impacts upon urban Shipibo-Konibo people’s experiences of fever.
In the last years, Dr. Montag’s work has focused on the politics of clinical trials in the Peruvian Amazon, political economy and experiences of the H1N1 pandemic in Mexico, and deconstruction of the notions of ‘poverty’, ‘developed and underdeveloped nations’, the nation body and their impact for global health and politics of international cooperation. She is currently conducting research on two interrelated projects in Ecuador and Peru on human and indigenous rights, biodiversity, and the conservation of the Amazonian rainforest as a global common for global health.
Dr. Montag established and convenes the interdisciplinary Masters Programme of Culture, Health and Medicine (CHAM) at ANU. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University and a Senior Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the Australian National University.
Dr. Mandy Mottram
During the past year as a Visitor at the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Dr. Mottram has submitted for publication 2 major papers to the volume Climate and Cultural Change in Prehistoric Europe and the Near East. The first paper is based on survey work in the catchment of Prof. Graeme Clarke's site, Jebel Khalid, in northern Syria. This paper has been partly funded by a grant from ANU’s CAR. The second paper consisted of a revised chapter from Dr Mottram’s thesis.
Dr Mary-Jane Mountain
Dr Mountain is pursuing research interests in Melanesian archaeology, taphonomy, post-glacial European archaeology.
Dr. Raghavan Pathmanathan
Dr. Pathmanathan's recent research has seen him collaborate with international colleagues to submit a major Discovery project entitled 'Past Biodiversity and Palaeoclimates of Sri Lanka: A Palaeobiological approach using Miocene coastal marine deposits and continental Ratnapura- and younger strata'. Senior intellectual collaborators include Prof. Colin Groves (ANU), Prof. Phillip Gingerich (Univ of Michigan) and Prof Ashok Sahni, FRS (Rtd DUI Panjab University); chief investigators will be Prof GVR Prasad (Univ of Delhi), Dr.G. Pathmanathan, Dr.S.Dissenayake (Director General of Archaeology), Prof.Nirmale (Head, Dept of Zoology , University of Colombo) and himself.
Mrs. Fredeliza Piper
Mrs. Piper's research focuses on historical changes in music and musical tradition through the systematic analyses of contemporary and historical musical instruments. Mrs. Piper is interested in understanding how the music of the Philippines has varied as a result of cultural changes and globalisation over time. She has recently undertaken a short research project in the Field Museum in Chicago where she analysed musical instruments of the early 20th century. She is also in the process of completing a collaborative research project with staff from Cambridge University, focussing on stringed instruments of the Philippines.