BLOG

Our Blog takes you behind the scenes with CABAH researchers as they get their hands dirty in the field, connect with community or reflect on the stories we are unearthing.

Hands-on learning about climate change

Thirlmere Lakes, in New South Wales, was the stunning setting for hands-on learning about collecting and analysing lake sediment cores, which can be used to provide a window back thousands of years to help reconstruct past climates and landscapes. Led by researchers Tim Cohen and Matt Forbes the three-day course […]

READ ARTICLE
Researchers call for ‘deep cuts’ to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions

Senior CABAH researchers are among 80 of Australia’s top academics who have penned an open letter declaring an “urgent need for deep cuts” to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions following the current unprecedented bushfire crisis. The letter states: “While many factors have contributed to the bushfire crisis, the role of exceptional […]

READ ARTICLE
Bushfires an added stressor to biodiversity crisis

We could see the loss of up to three-quarters of Australian species in the next few hundred years, as climate change and mega-fires impact on an on-going biodiversity crisis, Professor Corey Bradshaw warns. “Climate change is another stressor in the mixing pot of extinction drivers,” Professor Bradshaw told radio station […]

READ ARTICLE
Notes from the field: Cape Barren Island

  It is great to collaborate on Country with the Truwana Rangers — land managers for the island of Truwana (Cape Barren Island). We are working together using palaeoecology to better understand the relationship between fire, plants, and water quality through time. We collected cores at Big Reedy Swamp and […]

READ ARTICLE
Seeing the world in a grain of sand

CABAH’s Zenobia Jacobs and Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts explain how single grains of sand can be used to re-write the history of human evolution. They discuss world-leading dating techniques on the University of Wollongong’s Can you tell me how? podcast. Listen here:  

READ ARTICLE
Dynamic encounters: researching interactions between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea

Congratulations to CABAH Deputy Director Professor Lynette Russell  AM on her ARC Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. The project will examine 1,000 years of dynamic encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea. Her Global Encounters & First Nations Peoples: 1000 Years of Australian History project […]

READ ARTICLE
Where worlds collide: Australia’s epic story and the human history of the Kimberley

The Kimberley occupies a unique geographical position in Australia, lying at the interface between Sahul—the combined landmass of Australia and New Guinea, which were joined by a land bridge for most of the last 120,000 years, when sea levels were lower than at present—and the islands of eastern Indonesia, which […]

READ ARTICLE
Science Week fun

Big shout out to all the CABAH crew who took part in Science Week events last week. Here are some of them in action getting hands-on with people young and old to communicate our research.

READ ARTICLE
In the arid zone: notes from our first art commission

We are artists working as the collaborative duo Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, and we are delighted to have been awarded the first CABAH Art Series commission, to create an artwork that responds to Associate Professor Tim Cohen‘s climate theme research. Our art practice is research-based, often responding to cultural […]

READ ARTICLE
Zenobia’s passion for the past

CABAH Chief Investigator Professor Zenobia Jacobs has pioneered the technique of dating history through a grain of sand. In this profile, she reflects on her serendipitous path to becoming a world leader in luminescence dating. “You can do anything if you want to do it, and shouldn’t be restricted by […]

READ ARTICLE
Making a difference

We are delighted that our collaborative work with the Kaiadilt community on their extraordinary fishtraps has been featured in the Australian Research Council’s Making a Difference report on research outcomes. We used high-resolution close-range drone photogrammetry and a suite of spatial information analytical techniques to investigate Kaiadilt Aboriginal stone-walled intertidal […]

READ ARTICLE
Telling the time with a grain of sand

CABAH researcher Dr Nathan Jankowski went back to his old high school, St Joseph’s in Albion Park, New South Wales, to tell them about his work uncovering Australia’s deep past at Lake Mungo. Using bottles of gumballs, he explained the theory of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating to a Year […]

READ ARTICLE
1 2