PhD BA Hons Grad Dip Arts (Bioanth) Grad Dip Ed
Senior Research Fellow
Contact details: ph.61 07 37354798 email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael is a palaeoanthropologist with degrees in biological anthropology, archaeology and education. He is a senior research fellow in the Research Centre for Human Evolution at Griffith University and is Head of the Palaeoanthropology Research Theme. His interests are largely focused around the intersection between biology and archaeology. His current research program includes research on human origins in Sunda and Sahul, the early colonization of Australia and human-environment interactions in the past (with a particular focus on the climatic perturbations of the Late Pleistocene). He has a current excavation program at the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and an extensive field program in Cape York. He has studied many significant human fossil collections around the world, and continues to work on the human remains collection from the Willandra Lakes. He now studies the origins and ancient migrations of south east Asian and Australian peoples and how these correspond with morphological, linguistic and genetic data. Additional research interests include taphonomy, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Importantly Michael undertakes much of his research in partnership with Aboriginal communities, and is one of the few university based biological anthropologists still undertaking human remains related research with Indigenous communities in Australia.
Current research projects
- Prof David M Lambert, Dr Michael C Westaway, Prof Eske Willerslev and Dr Subashchandran Sankarasubramanian ($420,000), ARC Discovery The Peopling of Ancient Australia
- Griffith University-Simon Fraser University Collaborative Project ' Megafaunal extinctions in Late Pleistcene Sahul: new data from the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. Dr Michael C Westaway and Professor Mark Collard ($10,000)
- Dr Michael C Westaway, Dr Duncan J Wright, Prof David M Lambert, Prof Mark Collard, Prof Adrian Miller, Prof Brian Fry and Dr Subashchandran Sankarasubramanian ($740,880), ARC Linkage Establishing the origins and provenance of North Australian Aboriginal remains: genetics, craniometrics and isotopes.
- Prof David Lambert, Dr Subashchandran Sankarasubramanian and Dr Michael Westaway ($570,000), ARC Linkage Investigating Holocene India – Australia Connections using Ancient Genomics.
- McAllister, P., Westaway, M.C., and Rowlands, S. 2015. The Blood and the Bone: The collection of human remains and frontier violence in colonial-era Queensland. Journal of Colonial History, 17: 115-132
- Swift, J., Cupper, M. L., Greig, A., Westaway, M. C., Carter, C., Santoro, C. M., ... & Bertuch, F. 2015. Skeletal arsenic of the pre-Columbian population of Caleta Vitor, northern Chile. Journal of Archaeological Science, 58, 31-45.
- Monika Karmin, M, Saag, L…….Westaway, M…… Kivisild, T. 2015. A recent bottleneck of Y chromosome diversity coincides with a global change in culture. Genome Research,
- Westaway, M. C., Durband, A. C., Groves, C. P., & Collard, M. 2015. Mandibular evidence supports Homo floresiensis as a distinct species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201418997.
- Westaway, M.C Durband, A and Lambert, D. 2015 Human evolution in Sunda and Sahul and the continuing contributions of Professor Colin Groves. In (ed) M. Oxenham and A. Beale. Taxonomic Tapestries - The threads of evolutionary, behavioural and conservation research. ANU Press, Canberra.
- Seguin-Orlando, A., ……. Westaway, M., ... & Willerslev, E. 2014. Genomic structure in Europeans dating back at least 36,200 years. Science, 346(6213), 1113-1118.
- Westaway, M.C. and Lambert, D. 2014. Origins of the First Australians. In (ed) C. Smith. The Global Atlas of Archaeology, Springer
- Durband, A. and Westaway, M.C 2013. Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians. In (ed) F. Smith The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered, Wiley-Liss.
- Oxenham, M.F, Knight, T and Westaway, M. 2008. Identification of Australian Aboriginal Mortuary Remains. In (ed) M. Oxenham Forensic Approaches to Death, Disaster and Abuse. Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hills.
- Carlson, K.J., Jashashvili, T., Houghton, K., Westaway, M.C., and Patel, B.A. 2013. Joint Loads in Marsupial Ankles Reflect Habitual Bipedalism versus Quadrupedalism. PLOS ONE 8(3).
- Westaway, M.C. Cupper, M.L, Johnston, H., and Graham, I. 2013. The Willandra Fossil Trackway: Assessment of ground penetrating radar survey results and additional OSL dating at a unique Australian site. Australian Archaeology. 74: 86-89.
- Roberts, A. Pate, F.D, Petruzzelli, B, Carter, C, Westaway; M.C., Santoro, C.M, Swift, J. Maddern, T., Jacobsen, G.E, Bertuch, F, Rothhammer, F. 2013. Retention of hunter gatherer economies among maritime foragers from Caleta Vitor, northern Chile, during the late Holocene: Evidence from stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis of skeletal remains. Journal of Archaeological Science, 40 (5): 2084-94.
- Durband, A.C, Westaway, M.C and Rayner, D.R.T. 2012. Interproximal grooving of lower second molars in WLH 4. Australian Archaeology, 75: 118-120.
- Petruzzelli, B, Roberts, A, Pate, FD Santoro,C M, Maddern,T Carter, C and Westaway, M.C. 2012. Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis of Skeletal Remains from Azapa 71 and PicaU8, Northern Chile: An Assessment of Human Diet and Landscape use in the Late Holocene. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia, 35: 52-80
- Westaway, M.C. 2012. Sydney B.J. Skertchly and the Early History of Pleistocene Archaeology at the Queensland Museum. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, Volume 22 (1).
- Westaway, M.C. 2012. “A first rate observer”: Forgotten Skertchly and his contribution to the antiquity of humanity. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, Volume 22.
- Westaway, M.C, Thompson, J.C., Wood, W.B, and Njau, J. 2011. Crocodile ecology and the taphonomy of early Australasian sites. Environmental Archaeology, 16 (2): 122-134.
- Westaway, M.C 2011. Realising and extending the value of the Queensland Museum archaeological archive. In (ed) T. Murray, T. and C. Smith, C. Collection Management in Archaeological Collections. Museum of Victoria Press.
- Durband, A.C, Rayner, D.T and Westaway, M.C. 2009. A new test of the sex of the Lake Mungo 3 skeleton. Archaeology in Oceania, 44: 77-83.
- Westaway, M.C. And Groves, C.P. 2009. The Mark of Ancient Java is on none of them. Archaeology in Oceania, 44: 84-95.
- Westaway, M. and Hiscock, P 2005. The extinction of rigour: A comment on the Windschuttle and Gillin article The extinction of the Australian Pygmies. Aboriginal History, 29.
- Westaway, M., Muëller, W., Harradine, H., Chatfield, J.: 2004. Resolving complex provenance issues through isotopic analysis of human bones and the potential benefits to Aboriginal communities. The Artefact, 27: 91-96.