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Wallace Boone Law

PhD, MPhil, GDip, BA, University of Adelaide

Dr. W. Boone Law is an Earth Observation scientist and archaeologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Adelaide, where he completed a PhD in spatial science and environmental remote sensing in 2020. His PhD research focused on the application of satellite remote sensing and spatial technologies to investigate the Aboriginal archaeological record of Australia. His research demonstrates how remote sensing can improve our interpretation of ancient Aboriginal land use practices and archaeological site distribution in Australia’s vast desert regions. Since finishing his degree, Dr. Law has received local and international recognition for his PhD work from the Spatial Sciences and Surveying Institute at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (Postgraduate Student Award - SA and Oceania). He is passionate about using advanced remote sensing technologies to gain a better understanding our environment and heritage, and he is involved with a diverse range of terrestrial and marine themed spatial science projects. Boone is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Adelaide School of Biological Sciences, and through his collaborations with Scarp Archaeology Pty Ltd, he is an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at James Cook University. In addition to his PhD, his academic qualifications include a BA in Anthropology from Texas Tech University and GDip/MPhil degrees in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology from the Australian National University.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Adelaide


  • 2020 
    University of Adelaide, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2004 
    Australian National University, Master of Philosophy
  • 1998 
    Australian National University, Graduate Diploma
  • 1996 
    Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts