Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant human and environmental history of Australia. We like to call it, Australia’s Epic Story.

Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past.

We are undertaking research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy.

On Country with the Rosny mob — creating gateways between the past and the future

Spending time on Country on Tasmania’s rugged east coast gave a group of young Indigenous students the opportunity to reconnect to culture and share knowledge of science. The senior students from Rosny College, in Hobart, forged deep and lasting connections during the recent three-day camp aimed at creating a fusion […]

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People, climate, and water supply all played a role in the extinction of Australia’s megafauna

Imagine trying to solve a mystery that is tens of thousands of years old. There are no witnesses still alive, clues are scarce, and even the evidence that does exist is sometimes of questionable reliability. This has been a challenge facing scientists trying to piece together the factors that led […]

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Retracing our ancient routes

The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive and thrive in what is now Australia has been revealed in two studies by CABAH researchers. We know that people have been in Australia for a very long time — at least for the past 50,000 years, and […]

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Koala Extinctions Past, Present, and Future

Koalas are one of the most recognised symbols of Australian wildlife. But the tree-living marsupial koala is not doing well throughout much of its range in eastern Australia. Ranging as far north as Cairns in Queensland, to as far west as Kangaroo Island in South Australia, the koala’s biggest threats […]

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Stepping back into the deep past at Lake Mungo

With windswept lunettes and often stormy skies, the Lake Mungo landscape is a spectacular setting for a journey into the deep past. It’s also one of Australia’s most significant areas of cultural and archaeological interest – a treasure trove of clues to the lives of the people who came before […]

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Extinction domino effect linked to climate change

Environmental changes increase the risk of an ‘extinction domino effect’ that could annihilate all life on Earth, according to new research. Researchers, including CABAH Chief Investigator Professor Corey Bradshaw, simulated 2,000 ‘virtual Earths’ linking animal and plant species. Using sophisticated modelling, they subjected the virtual Earths to catastrophic environmental changes, including runaway […]

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Rewilding Australia

Sometimes the best way to conserve biodiversity is to stand back and let wild animals do the hard work of ecological management. In December 2012, the Copenhagen Post reported a discovery that marked a historic turning point for nature in Denmark: the first confirmed record of a wolf in the […]

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Mapping the journeys of Australia’s first people

A ‘treasure map’ of island locations has been developed to identify the stepping-stones Aboriginal people used to get to Australia. The mapping work undertaken by CABAH Associate Investigator Shimona Kealy from The Australian National University (ANU) plots the potential routes taken tens of thousands of years ago by Australia’s first […]

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Deadly dining out

Deadly dining out Hover over or click on the coloured fish and shellfish below to find out more about what is hidden in a midden By Shane Ingrey I know some spots around Sydney where you can look at a dinner plate thousands of years old. Places where family feeds […]

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Now is the time to tell a culturally inclusive, globally significant environmental history of Australia We like to call it Australia’s Epic Story. Australia has been shaped as a nation by its natural, historic and Indigenous heritage. To adapt successfully to future changes, we must dramatically improve our understanding of Australia’s past. The ARC Centre of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) will undertake research that will safeguard our national heritage, transform research culture, connect with communities and inform policy. By tracking the natural and human history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, we will be able to fill vast gulfs of knowledge to help us protect our national assets. Opened at Parliament House, Canberra, on 22 June 2017, the centre is funded by a $33.75 million grant from the Australian Research Council, $1 million from the NSW Government, and $11 million from participating universities, museums, and organisations. The funding will support around 40 new research positions and more than 50 new research students over the 7-year life of the Centre. CABAH will be at the forefront of discovery and education, inspiring Australian children to engage in science and connecting with the broader Australian and global community through a comprehensive outreach program. We will help build Australia’s research capacity by equipping future generations of researchers with a range of interdisciplinary skills, and implement initiatives to nurture the careers of Indigenous and female researchers. We’re building a impressive online resource to tell Australia’s Epic Story. Want to be kept up to date with our blockbuster discoveries? Like our page!
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“It’s not a question of if significant sites have been impacted, it’s just a matter of determining the extent and how badly they’ve been impacted,”

Georgia Roberts on the impact of the bushfire crisis on ancient Aboriginal sites.
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This is a traditional fire-stick made by Otto Campion Bulmaniya in central Arnhem Land.

Fire-sticks have been used for millennia across Australia to burn the landscape for a range of cultural purposes.

This beautiful image was taken by CABAH’s Michael-Shawn Fletcher whose research aims to assess how burning of the tropical savannas varies through time in response to land-use and environmental change.

You can read more about his research here: http://bit.ly/2tzjiW1
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
“Climate change is another stressor in the mixing pot of extinction drivers,”
Professor Corey Bradshaw.
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Who's hungry? 🐨

This photo of rescued joeys waiting for food is wonderful.

Adelaide Koala Rescue has been working hard, taking care of koalas rescued from the recent Cudlee Creek bushfires.

Thank you to all the individuals & organisations helping with burnt or injured animals impacted by recent bushfires.

📷: Welcome to SA via Adelaide Koala Rescue

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“It’s not a question of if significant sites have been impacted, it’s just a matter of determining the extent and how badly they’ve been impacted,”
Georgia Roberts on the impact of the bushfire crisis on ancient Aboriginal sites.
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@AustArchaeology https://t.co/p6sS3sAbI9

Congratulations to CABAH PhD candidate Kasih Norman, one of the recipients of the latest round of research grants from the Leakey Foundation,
for her work dating archaeological sites in Timor.
Find out more about her research https://t.co/QkXL9Pcli1
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Why Is Air Pollution So Harmful? DNA May Hold the Answer https://t.co/Yznt7vND7p

Tiny lizards, frogs and worms: Meet the hidden bushfire victims https://t.co/iKvGtCxQKX

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WILDLIFE

How has Australia’s wildlife responded to climate, landscape change and human impact over thousands of years?

[Image by Georgia Steytler]

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TIME

Time is fundamental to understanding the story of Australia’s natural and Indigenous history and heritage.

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People

Human history is written in the land. Delve into the lives of the first Australians, by looking back 60,000+ years, and ponder how our past informs our future.

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Landscapes

Australia is a land of ragged mountains and sweeping plains, shaped by droughts and flooding rains. How did the landscapes we see around us come to be and how have they changed?

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Climate

Reconstructing climate to better understand the drivers and impacts of past and future change.

[Image: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth]

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Models

Combining the diverse results from other themes, using statistical and computational methods to quantify uncertainty and model complex interactions.

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