I have a BSc in Archaeological Science, an MSc in Geoarchaeology (cave and karst geology) and a PhD in Geochronology (palaeomagnetism) and Palaeoanthropology. I have published widely in the areas of early hominin evolution and modern human origins as well as the use of magnetic methods of analysis on archaeological and fossil bearing sites, notably caves. My focus is on providing an chronological framework for human evolution as well as understanding the use of fire in the hominin record. I currently work throughout Africa and in Bulgaria, China and Australia.
I currently a Professor and Head of Department of Archaeology and History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I am also the director of The Australian Archaeomagnetism Laboratory. The lab is a first of its kind in Australia and is designed to conduct magnetic methods of analysis (palaeomagnetic, rock magnetic, environmental magnetic) on fossil and archaeological bearing sites and materials.
I run a Paleoanthropology Field School and direct excavations at the hominin site of Drimolen, as well as at the Acheulian to Middle Stone Age site of Amanzi Springs in South Africa. Both are funded by Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. In 2015 my team at Drimolen discovered the world's oldest Homo erectus.