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Helen’s innovative research in the archaeological earth sciences is used to address important issues relating to Australia’s Indigenous history, particularly as expressed in the remarkable record of rock art in the Kimberley for her Women in Science Emerging Researcher award. Dr Helen Green has also been awarded The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Science John McKenzie Fellowship, UoM Dean’s Award for Excellence and Victorian 2022 Young Tall Poppy Science Award.


UoM Dean’s Award for Excellence

Dr Helen Green from the University of Melbourne was awarded the UoM Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Early Career Researcher category.


The Tall Poppy Campaign

The Tall Poppy Campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence.

Dr Green, from the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is a Research Fellow in Rock Art Dating funded by Rock Art Australia and the Ian Potter Foundation.

Her research over the last five years has focused on using geochemical techniques to characterise and understand the formation processes associated with mineral growths found in relation to rock art pigments in northwest Australia’s Kimberley region.

Dr Green has held several leadership roles such as the Science Early Career Advisory Network (SECAN) Chair – (2019-2021). Helen was also a recipient of the Faculty of Science 2022 Women in Science Emerging Researcher Award.  Helen has become one of the most effective communicators for Rock Art Australia’s annual fund-raising activities, which has now raised millions of dollars in donations for research.

Dr Green will be presented with the award later this month at the 2022 Tall Poppy Awards Ceremony.


Celebrating outstanding women in science

Dr Helen Green has received 2022 Women in Science Emerging Researcher (WISER) Award to help further her research career.

Dr Helen Green from the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences received the 2022 Natural and Health Science Award to advance her critical work in dating and protecting Kimberley rock art.

“The Award will facilitate crucial relationship building with Indigenous communities and corporations in the Kimberley, allowing consultation and co-design of any resulting research programs and identification of opportunities for both the University researchers and the community members involved. Plans are already in place for an initial face-to-face meeting in the Kimberley with local groups in November 2022,” Dr Green said.

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