PhD Student

James Cook University

Emma completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Archaeology at JCU, Cairns, in 2014. Her Honours thesis investigated possible connections between technological complexity and diversity in indigenous Australian food procurement toolkits and climate.

Continuing with her interest in human-environment interactions, her PhD involves reconstructing fire histories for the late Holocene. She analyses sedimentary charcoal from lakes in far northern Australia, with the aim of creating high-resolution records of fire and landscape change.

Emma holds an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Postgraduate Research Award, enabling access to facilities and collaboration with researchers at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) as part of her PhD.

An essential item in Emma’s toolkit:

“Curiosity and a willingness to learn.”

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