Australia

CARL C. CHRISTENSEN

Carl's focus is upon terrestrial snails, with interests encompassing landsnail biology as well as the effects of human activity upon landsnail populations. This latter interest includes research into landsnail extinctions and the introduction and translocation of landsnail species. He has conducted research in Hawaii, the southwestern United States (especially Arizona), northwest Mexico (especially Baja California) and northwest Australia. For a selection of Carl's publications, please refer to the publications page.


PATRICK FAULKNER

Patrick has worked extensively on shell midden material in Australia as well as middens in New Guinea.  His principal interests are in the nature of subsistence in coastal economies, human-environment interactions and taphonomic processes.  For a selection of Patrick’s publications, please refer to the publications page.


JOANNA GREGG

Joanna is studying archaeology at the University of Western Australia and has conducted research at the 19th Century penal/military site of Triabunna in Tasmania, as well as the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Little Carlton in England. She has particular interests in subsistence, trade, Holocene environments and adaptation strategies.


FIONA HOOK

Fiona has been working as a consulting archaeologist in the Pilbara, Western Australia, for over 25 years. She is currently undertaking a PhD focussed on 50kya of Aboriginal maritime resource adaptations in the Northern Carnarvon Bioregion of Western Australia. She is particularly interested in subsistence patterns, artefact production, and hunter-forager-fisher mobility patterns during the Pleistocene and Holocene in arid coastal environments. For a selection of Fiona’s publications, please refer to the publications page.


PAUL IRISH

Paul has worked on a number of sites in the Sydney area, including midden sites on the Kurnell Peninsula, Sydney Harbour and Pittwater, and around southeastern Australia, including excavation and analysis of midden sites at Newcastle, Port Stephens and Jervis Bay. He has also worked at Weipa, north Queensland, doing archaeological survey work of the Weipa shell mounds. Paul has also conducted archaeolomalacological research in Denmark. His major archaeomalacological interests focus on site use patterns, seasonality determination, and the analysis of shell artefacts including fishhooks and beads.


BRENT KOPPEL

After completing an honours thesis investigating usewear on shell tools through experimental archaeology, Brent is now undertaking archaeomalacological fieldwork in the Kimberley region of northwest Australia. His archaeomalacological interests are broad, and encompass shellfish within ancient diet, environmental reconstruction, taphonomy and the use of shell as a raw material for artefact production.


YINIKA PERSTON

With training in both zoology and archaeology, Yinika has worked on archaeological sites in northern Australia and Indonesia.  Although her major focus is on stone tools, she has an interest in molluscs recovered from archaeological sites.


ANBARASU ‘EDDIE’ THANGAVELU

As well as Eddie’s research in Papua New Guinea, he has also worked in Australia focussing on coastal archaeological sites in the Bowen Region.  His major interests include the use of molluscs within subsistence systems, Australian and New Guinea coastal archaeology, Australian aboriginal archaeology, hunter-gatherer studies, the technological use of shell and the use of shells within rituals and ceremonies.  To see Eddie’s publications, please visit the publications page.


HELENE TOMKINS

Helene’s major area of research interest is the analysis of midden shell from sites in Australia and Papua New Guinea.  She is particularly focused on understanding aspects of subsistence practices and gathering strategies.  In Australia, much of her work to date has centred on the South Wellesley Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.


SEAN ULM

Over the last 10 years, Sean has undertaken a variety of archaeological projects along the length of the Queensland coast, in the Torres Strait, and New Caledonia. His focus has been the elucidation of late Holocene culture change. These studies involve detailed analyses of excavated coastal faunal assemblages, particularly fish and shellfish remains, to investigate settlement and subsistence trajectories. Some of Sean's recent research has included the use of bivalve conjoin analysis to investigate aspects of site taphonomy, and the application of foraminiferal analyses to the problem of differentiating natural and cultural shell deposits. Another line of research focuses on determining local open-ocean versus estuary-specific marine reservoir effects impacting on the accuracy of radiocarbon dates using live-collected shellfish samples and shell/charcoal paired specimens. For a selection of Sean's publications, please refer to the publications page.