Dr Duane Hamacher is an academic at the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His teaching and research focus on cultural astronomy in Australia and Oceania. He developed undergraduate units on Indigenous Science (ATSI 2015) and Indigenous Astronomy (ATSI 3006). In 2014, Duane was awarded a grant from the Australian Research Council to study the cultural astronomy of Torres Strait Islanders.
Born and raised in the US, he graduated with a degree in physics from the University of Missouri, then moved to Sydney to complete an MSc in astrophysics at UNSW and a PhD in Indigenous studies at Macquarie University. He also works casually as an astronomy educator and consultant curator at Sydney Observatory.