Our story: The epic human and environmental history of Australia
Richard Roberts, Professor of Archaeological Science, presents: Our story: The epic human and environmental history of Australia
- 18 October 2017 - 18 October 2017
- 7:30am - 9:30am
- Address Details
- Parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney
The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer invites you to join her at The Science & Research Breakfast Seminar
with Richard Roberts, Professor of Archaeological Science and Director of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at the University of Wollongong.
In his seminar, Richard will outline the research, training, education and engagement programs of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).
Distinguished Professor Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and Director of the Centre for Archaeological Science at the University of Wollongong. He was trained in the Earth sciences, with degrees from Aberystwyth University in Wales, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the University of Wollongong.
Professor Roberts is interested in past interactions between hunter-gatherers and their environments in Africa, Asia and Australia. Much of his career has been spent investigating turning points in human evolution and dispersal, publishing across the fields of geochronology, paleoecology, archaeological science and human evolution. He leads a team dedicated to archaeological dating and to reconstructing the timing, causes and ecological consequences of human migrations around the planet, and the interactions between archaic and modern humans.
Projects led by Professor Roberts have shed new light on the initial human colonisation of Australia, the subsequent mass extinction of the megafauna, and the life and times of the ‘Hobbit’ (Homo floresiensis) in Indonesia. He has also collaborated on projects investigating the rock art of northern Australia, the human and environmental history of Africa, Arabia and India, and changes to ‘ice age’ ecosystems in arctic Asia and North America.
For his current ARC fellowship, Roberts is exploring the evolution and interactions of archaic and modern humans in central and Southeast Asia, and has launched the Australasian Research Cluster for Archaeological Science to enhance collaborations among the archaeological science community in Australia and New Zealand.
2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series
The 2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.
Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am. Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.