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.

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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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Getting to the bottom of 200,000 years of history

ALMOST 20 metres of sediment from the bed of a Northern Territory lagoon with, the potential to unlock vital clues to our environment and human history, have been retrieved by CABAH researchers. Girraween Lagoon, near Darwin, is a significant Aboriginal site and gained a place in modern Australian popular culture […]

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

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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We're not all lucky enough to be able to travel to the Torres Strait and immerse ourselves in the rich history, culture and traditions of the Traditional Owners. But Rhett Loban is helping make the journey more accessible with his virtual reality game. 🙌
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New clues to the mystery of why Australian megafauna disappeared 42,000 years ago are revealed in a study by CABAH researchers. Read more here http://bit.ly/2DhPtdG
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Here’s CABAH’s Larissa Schneider taking some local transport to Lake Kutubu, in PNG, travelling in a large traditional canoe carved from a single tree.
Photo credit: Simon Haberle
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There are some stunning shots here, taken by our researchers in the field investigating Australia's epic story. Enjoy!

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Indigenous rangers can read their country, and know when it's time to burn https://t.co/jjaOxB1aEn

Emus once roamed Tasmania, so what happened to them?
CABAH PhD student Tristan Derham explains.
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Another few shots of @GlobEcoFlinders' @ShabaniFarzin’s @Flinders Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early-Career Research @cabahCoE https://t.co/geDAIBYzgo

Sacred Aboriginal artefacts given back in British museum first https://t.co/Gj0nTd8OHN

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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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