Chief Investigator and Co-Leader of Education and Engagement Program ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and Director, Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre, UNSW Australia

Darren Curnoe is a scientist, writer and educator with an insatiable curiosity for understanding the kind of creature we are and how we came to be this way.

He is a biological anthropologist, evolutionary biologist and archaeologist fascinated with all aspects of human evolution and prehistory. Darren believes science isn't complete until it has been communicated to the wider community. Therefore, he has made writing, broadcasting and making films about science, especially human origins, a major part of his professional endeavours.

Darren is also an Associate Professor, Chief Investigator and Co-Leader of the Education and Engagement Program in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, and Director of the Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives Research Centre (PANGEA) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is also an Honorary Professor in palaeoanthropology in the Yunnan Institute for Cultural Relics and Archaeology and Southeast Asian Archaeology Research Centre (Kunming, China).

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Associate professor, University of New South Wales
  • 2009–present
    Honorary Professor, Yunnan Institute of Cultural Relics and Archeology
  • 2012–2016
    Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of New South Wales
  • 2005–2011
    Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2002–2005
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales
  • 2002–2002
    Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand

Education

  • 2000 
    Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy (Palaeoanthropology & Geochronology)
  • 1996 
    Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (1st Class Honours)

Research Areas

  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology (160102)
  • Archaeological Science (210102)
  • Archaeology Of Asia, Africa And The Americas (210103)

Honours

Shanghai Archaeology Prize, Shanghai Archaeology Forum (2013); Finalist, Australian Museum Eureka Prize (2014, 2015 & 2016)