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Applications now open for SING Australia 2021 workshop

Applications for the Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) 2021 are now open. The workshop will take place between 8-12 February 2021, at QIMR Berghofer in Brisbane. Applications will close at 5pm AEST Friday 30 October. See the SING Australia website for information about the program, including the application portal. If you have any […]

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Visualise Your Thesis: CABAH’s winner

We’re delighted to announce that PhD student Ané van der Walt is representing CABAH in the annual Visualise Your Thesis competition run by The University of Melbourne. You can watch, download and share Ané’s entry here: Check out the other finalists here.

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Billy Griffiths honoured as an outstanding early career researcher

Congratulations to CABAH Associate Investigator, Dr Billy Griffiths, who has been awarded the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ 2020 Max Crawford Medal — Australia’s most prestigious award for outstanding achievement and promise in the humanities by an Australia-based early-career scholar. His latest book Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (2018) has […]

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New study reveals Neanderthals in southern Siberia began epic journey in eastern Europe.

Neanderthals made a 4000km trek from Europe to Siberia, the equivalent of walking from Sydney to Perth, according to new research by CABAH Director Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts. For a long time Neanderthals were seen as intellectual lightweights. However, several recent finds have forced a rethink of their cognitive and creative abilities. Read […]

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Laureate Fellowship awarded to CABAH’s Lynette Russell

Congratulations to CABAH Deputy Director Lynette Russell, from Monash University, on her ARC Laureate Fellowship, announced in October 2019. The project will examine 1,000 years of dynamic encounters between Australia’s Indigenous peoples and voyagers from the sea and will result in an innovative reconstruction of Australia’s role in global exploration, […]

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SING conference celebrates unique collaboration

We were delighted to support the first SING Australia conference, which brought Indigenous researchers and academics from a range of disciplines together to learn from each other and to drive the future of genomics research. The Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING Australia) brought together scholars in Indigenous […]

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Boost to CABAH early career researchers

Congratulations to CABAH’s Sam Lin, from the University of Wollongong and Zoë Thomas, from the University of New South Wales on their Discovery Early Career Researcher Award grants. Sam is investigating the evolution of the ‘hobbit’ and Zoë is studying past climates during key periods of change. Zoë’s research will investigate […]

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Annual Symposium

Researchers and affiliates from across Australia, and overseas, came togehter at our annual symposium at Monash University in November 2019. “It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues and hear about the breadth of research going on,” said CABAH Director ‘Bert’ Roberts. The team also had the opportunity to […]

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Mungo Youth Project

CABAH researchers Nathan Jankowski from the University of Wollongong and Kelsie Long, from The Australian National University, introduced groups of school children to one of the country’s most significant archeological areas during the Mungo Youth Project in May 2019. Close to 250 primary and secondary students took part in the […]

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Deliberate voyaging by boat to Australia more than 50,000 years ago
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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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Friendship goals! 🖤😍❤️⁣

This adorable moment was captured in Warruwi on South Goulburn Island, off Arnhem Land in the NT. ⁣

📸 George Fragopoulos, George F Photography via ABC Indigenous
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Sometimes the colours of the outback are just mind-blowing! 💚💜💙🧡💛🖤

Check out this amazing view of a group of salt lakes near Dalwallinu, WA — it's nature's paint palette! 🎨

Photographer Daniel Metcalf said he was on a joy flight from the WA Wheatbelt to Geraldton when he came across the stunning scene between Dalwallinu and Ballidu.

Wetland ecologist Adrian Pinder told NASA Earth in 2015 that WA's salt lakes differ in color as a result of differing sediments, aquatic and terrestrial plant growth, water chemistry, algae, and hydrology.

📷 IG: @danmetcalf (via ABC Perth)
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CABAH's Sue O'Connor from The Australian National University is leading this fascinating research finding lost Australian stories in ancient trees in the Kimberley.
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"When we first started monitoring seriously we were only at 40 or 50 breeding pairs reliably located and now we're at 128."

Breeding pairs of Carnaby's black cockatoos have almost tripled in an area of WA bushland thanks in part to dozens of artificial nesting hollows. 🖤

STORY via ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: https://ab.co/31odwnv.
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"When we first started monitoring seriously we were only at 40 or 50 breeding pairs reliably located and now we're at 128." Breeding pairs of Carnaby's black cockatoos have almost tripled in an area of WA bushland thanks in part to dozens of artificial nesting hollows. 🖤 STORY via ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: https://ab.co/31odwnv.

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Finding lost stories carved into iconic centuries-old trees in the Kimberley.

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A program for school kids in Kakadu and West Arnhem Land — incorporating traditional knowledge and Western science — is a model for teaching Indigenous children on Country.

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Huge congratulations to CABAH's Ané van der Walt — 2nd place winner of @VisualiseThesis #VYT2020 against some tough competition! 👏🏾

Judges were impressed by her beautiful, richly illustrated animation as well as the cultural importance of Ané's research.
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An Introduction to CABAH

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage brings together the best researchers investigating and telling Australia’s epic story.