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 focuses on cultural astronomy and geomythology, specialising in Australia and Oceania. He teaches the undergraduate units "ATSI 2015: The Science of Indigenous Knowledge" and "ATSI 3006: The Astronomy of Indigenous Australians" and supervises postgraduate students studying Indigenous astronomical knowledge
Duane was awarded an ARC grant to study the cultural astronomy of Torres Strait Islanders and works as an astronomy educator and consultant curator at Sydney Observatory. 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.