The Kimberley scenic picture
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, May 17, 2018

A new research project led by Professor Hamish McGowan from The University of Queensland, and with Australian Government funding of $460,429 through the Australian Research Council's (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, aims to reconstruct the environmental history of Australia’s Kimberley region spanning the past 60,000 years.

The multidisciplinary team includes two ARC Australian Laureate Fellows—Professors Michael Bird from James Cook University, and Jonathan Woodhead from The University of Melbourne, and industry partners the Kimberly Foundation Australia, Dunkeld Pastoral Co.Pty Ltd and the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg.

The project will provide new understanding of the causes of environmental change and impacts on this region since the arrival of Australia’s earliest inhabitants. This will inform the development of conservation policy to ensure preservation of the region's globally significant rock art against environmental change and economic development.

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Image: the Kimberley. Source: Pixabay (CC0)