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Professor, Earth and Sustainability Science Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

Mike Archer was born in Sydney in 1945 and is a dual citizen of USA and Oz who returned to Australia as Fulbright Scholar in 1967.

He's a biologist, geologist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and mammalogist who was hooked on science from age 11.

He has more than 350 peer-reviewed publications including wide range of books, many popular science articles; more than 80 research students; many ARC research grants; five Fellowships in learned societies; many professional roles; several institutions established; two companies established; many current research projects; international/national keynote addresses.

Current major projects include: palaeontology of Riversleigh World Heritage area, reconstitution of ancient DNA (Lazarus Project; see TED talk by Archer on DeExtincting Thylacine and Gastric-brooding Frog), innovative conservation programs, conservation through sustainable use of native species programs, biofuel company based on sustainably harvesting native grasses, creation/evolution issues and conservation value of native animals as pets.


  • 1978–present
    Professor, School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales
  • 2004–2009
    Dean of Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 1999–2003
    Director, Australian Museum
  • 1972–1978
    Curator of Mammals, Queensland Museum


  • 1976 
    University of Western Australia, PhD/Zoology
  • 1967 
    Princeton University, USA, BA/Science


  • 2017, More publications
  • 2015
    Over 300 research articles and books, Nature and others
  • 2015, Science and others
  • 2015
    Many can be obtained as pdfs from ResearchGate, PLoS ONE and others
  • 2004
    Going Native (with co-author Bob Beale), Hodder/Headline, Sydney

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Various 1978-present
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 2013
    Exploration of New Riversleigh
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Geographic Society

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Educators
  • Research Associate American Museum of Natural History
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
  • Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Awards, societies etc see:
  • Research Associate of the Queensland Museum

Research Areas

  • Evolutionary Biology Not Elsewhere Classified (060399)
  • Quaternary Environments (040606)
  • Stratigraphy (Incl. Biostratigraphy And Sequence Stratigraphy) (040311)
  • Environmental Sciences (05)
  • Biological Sciences (06)
  • Conservation And Biodiversity (050202)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Evolutionary Impacts Of Climate Change (060306)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)