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Ames, Christopher Dr.

Research Fellow

  • Research Fellow - ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage 2021 -
  • Lecturer - School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences 2020 - 2021
  • Associate Research Fellow - School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences 2018 - 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - University of California, Berkeley 2013 - 2015

Overview


I am an archaeologist specializing in the application of geospatial and earth science techniques to questions about prehistoric human-environmental dynamics and human origins.

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations to changing environments. In particular, I study the ways in which this human-environment dynamic informs our understanding of how and why our species successfully covered the globe. I approach this research from a multi-scalar landscape perspective rooted in evolutionary and ecological theory, and my technical specialties include GIS, geoarchaeology, and stone artefact analysis. My work is highly interdisciplinary and centres on three interconnected themes: 1) the impact of environmental change on hunter-gatherer ecology and mobility patterns; 2) regional and global patterns of hominin dispersal; and, 3) how past landscape change has affected the visibility and distribution of the archaeological record. I am currently pursuing these themes with projects in Jordan and South Africa.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Prehistoric land use and mobility patterns in the Doring River catchment Shaw, Matthew

Research Overview


  • My research focuses on prehistoric hunter-gatherer adaptations to changing environments. In particular, I study the ways in which this human-environment dynamic informs our understanding of how and why our species successfully covered the globe. I approach this research from a multi-scalar landscape perspective rooted in evolutionary and ecological theory, and my technical specialties include GIS, geoarchaeology, and stone artefact analysis. My work is highly interdisciplinary and centres on three interconnected themes: 1) the impact of environmental change on hunter-gatherer ecology and mobility patterns; 2) regional and global patterns of hominin dispersal; and, 3) how past landscape change has affected the visibility and distribution of the archaeological record. I am currently pursuing these themes with projects in Jordan and South Africa.

Selected Publications


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Prehistoric land use and mobility patterns in the Doring River catchment Shaw, Matthew
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