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CABAH researchers awarded ARC grants

CABAH researchers were successfully awarded grants from the Australian Research Council for projects commencing in 2018.

Professor Ian McNiven (pictured) was awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant for his project Archaeology of a Torres Strait reef island community. This archaeology project aims to document the long-term development of socioeconomic strategies by Indigenous Australians to live sustainably on small, drought-prone, tropical reef islands. It uses Tudu in central Torres Strait as a case study. This project will produce new and innovative insights into how Torres Strait Islander reef island communities built cultural and community resilience to environmental stress. It will broaden Australian archaeological knowledge of continental rocky islands to include recently formed reef islands. This project was awarded $291,745.

An ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant was awarded to Professor Michael BirdProfessor Sean UlmDr Timothy CohenProfessor Richard RobertsProfessor Zenobia Jacobs; Professor Lindsay Hutley; Professor Balwant Singh; Professor Dr Hamish McGowan; Associate Professor Patrick Moss; Dr Jessica Reeves; Professor Simon Haberle; Professor Susan O’Connor; Associate Professor Scott Mooney; Professor Chris Turney; and Dr Michael-Shawn Fletcher for development of a national facility for the analysis of pyrogenic carbon. This project aims to develop a national facility for pyrogenic carbon analysis. Pyrogenic carbon is a poorly constrained, slow-cycling terrestrial carbon pool with significant carbon sequestration potential. The project expects to expand the newly developed hydrogen pyrolysis analytical capability to provide high throughput, robust measurement of the abundance and isotope composition of pyrogenic carbon in soils and sediments. This will provide significant benefit, such as the ability to make significant advances in areas as diverse as geochronology, archaeology, palaeoecology, soil science geomorphology and carbon cycle/sequestration science. This project was awarded $358,031.

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