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Renaud Joannes-Boyau

Associate Professor, Southern Cross University

Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau is a geochronologist and a geochemist, Head of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group (GARG; at Southern Cross University in Australia. His research focuses on the development and application of direct dating methods and micro-analytical techniques to key questions in archaeological sciences, such as the timing of human evolution, hominid ecological niche, diet and early life history. Specifically Renaud’s research is concerned with the understanding of mobilization, incorporation and diffusion of isotopes, trace element and radionuclides into fossil remains. He has made a significant contribution in geochronology and geochemistry, with the dating of key fossils (e.g. early Homo sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, the age of Homo naledi, the arrival of Homo sapiens in Indonesia…) as well as the geochemical imaging of Neanderthals breastfeeding and other hominins early life reconstruction.


  • 2012–2015
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow , Southern Cross University


  • 2010 
    Australian National University, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Bordeaux, MSc

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    A new timeline for Human evolution using a pioneer non-destructive direct dating methodology
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Discovery Grant
  • 2012
    VC Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Lead Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Southern Cross University