Richard (Bert)

University of Wollongong

Distinguished Professor Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and Director of the Centre for Archaeological Science at the University of Wollongong.

He was trained in the Earth sciences and is interested in past interactions between hunter-gatherers and their environments in Africa, Asia and Australia. Much of his career has been spent investigating turning points in human evolution and dispersal, publishing across the fields of geochronology, palaeoecology, archaeological science and human evolution.

He leads a team dedicated to archaeological dating and to reconstructing the timing, causes and ecological consequences of human migrations around the planet, and the interactions between archaic and modern humans.


An essential item in Richard’s toolkit

“A good sense of humour.”