Rock Art Australia is underpinned by a Science Advisory Council comprising eminent scientists from tertiary institutions across Australia who advise the board on the Foundation's long term research program.
Andy has researched and published widely on the development and application of radiometric dating techniques, particularly in fission track analysis and thermochronology. His work has included dating of hominin fossil sites in East Africa and he currently leads a major program to date the rock art succession in the Kimberley. Andy has received numerous awards for his research, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, and a former President of the Geological Society of Australia. Andy was appointed Chair of the SAC in November 2013.
Annie joined the SAC in 2021 as Ex-Officio member on behalf of the Western Australian Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in archaeology from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and has worked in Indigenous cultural heritage in WA for over 15 years. As Assistant Curator Archaeology she manages the state’s archaeology collection, facilitating access to collections for communities and researchers, developing interpretive content for exhibitions and supporting community-led heritage projects. Working with communities across WA she developed several exhibits for the new WA Museum Boola Bardip (opened 2020) exploring significant natural and cultural landscapes and Aboriginal peoples enduring connections to them.
She is currently working on a project with Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, DBCA and UWA to investigate Southeast Asian trepang sites on the Kimberley coast. She is also a Partner Investigator on the ARC-Linkage project ‘From the Desert to the Sea: Managing Rock Art, Country and Culture (2022-2026)’, working with Aboriginal knowledge-holders and researchers from Australia and abroad to better understand museum collections and their links to cultural landscapes, knowledge and traditions.
She has been involved in several rock art research projects across WA and northern Australia, and is currently the WA Museum representative on the Murujuga Rock Art Stakeholder Reference Group. Annie is also involved in delivering aspects of the Museum’s annual Emerging Curators program, which provides exposure and training in Museum curation and collections to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.
His recent work includes publications on the oldest known site in Australia (Madjedbebe), the demographic history of Australia, the evolution of stone tools, and human survival of the Toba eruption in India.
Chris has written overviews of Australia’s dynamic indigenous past (in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Indigenous Australia), and books on long-term cultural change in northern Australia (and stone tool industries in Australia. Chris joined the SAC in August 2022.