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Biography

Shimona is an archaeologist and palaeobiologist with a key interest in the early movements of people, cultures, and animals throughout the islands of the Asia-Pacific. In particular, the patterns of occupation & cultures in island communities over the last ~50,000 years in Wallacea, and the biological & ecological impacts of early human arrival on islands.

Shimona works with geographic information systems (GIS), palaeogeographic reconstruction, biogeographic modelling, and phylogenetic analysis to explore the palaeo-archipelagos north of Australia and the people and animals who lived there. Her research currently involves archaeological surveys and excavations in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, as well as multidisciplinary projects combining archaeology with molecular and morphological phylogenetics to investigate possible prehistoric translocations of animals to Asia-Pacific islands.

 

Research interests

  • The prehistoric movements of people through Southeast Asia and Australasia
  • The biological & ecological impacts of early human arrival on islands
  • Patterns of occupation & cultures in island communities over the last ~50,000 years in Wallacea
  • Building up the network of collaborative research & training between Indonesia and Australia with a particular focus on the disciplines of Archaeology, Palaeontology, and Biology.

Qualifications

BSc (UNE), BSc (Hons I) (UNSW), PhD (ANU)

Expertise Areas

  • Biogeography and Phylogeography
  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • Archaeological Science

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