Lecturer and ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at UNSW Australia

Dr Duane Hamacher leads the Indigenous Astronomy Group at UNSW's Nura Gili Indigenous Unit. His research specialty is cultural and historical astronomy. His current project, funded by the Australian Research Council, explores the astronomical knowledge of Torres Strait Islanders. He supervises research students studying topics ranging from Aboriginal astronomy in Tasmania and regional NSW, to Seven Sisters stories in the Western Desert, to Morning Star ceremonies in the Kimberley.

Duane's teaching focuses on the crossroads of science and Indigenous culture. He developed undergraduate units at UNSW on Indigenous Science (ATSI 2015) and Indigenous Astronomy (ATSI 3006).

Born and raised in the US, Duane earned a degree in physics from the University of Missouri, a research Masters in astrophysics at UNSW searching for extrasolar planets, and a PhD in Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University researching Aboriginal Astronomy. He is on the Council of the International Society of Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture and is a consulting editor for 'Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture' and the 'Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage'.


  • –present
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales


  • 2012 
    Macquarie University, PhD

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