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Dr Jack Fenner

BS (Michigan State), MS (Purdue), MA (ENMU), PhD (Wyoming)
Research Fellow and Research Laboratory Manager
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Archaeology 2101
  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102

Research interests

Isotope ratio analysis for archaeology and paleo-environmental estimation; Asian, Pacific, and North American archaeology; Quantitative methods in archaeology; GIS, GPS and computer applications; Faunal analysis; Human behavioral ecology; Human universals


I am interested in applying technical and quantitative methods to archaeological materials and sites to better identify and understand past cultural responses to and drivers of change. Much of my current work involves using stable isotope analysis of organics from archaeological sites to investigate how people used the surrounding faunal landscape and to identify environmental constraints. In addition to research, I am the ANU Graduate Convener of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, supervise the ANH osteological comparative collection and archaeological material quarantine facilities, and maintain our web sites.

Career highlights

Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. Prior to switching to archaeology, I spent 15 years working as a computer engineer for several American technology companies


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Updated:  19 April 2014 / Responsible Officer:  Pro VC (Research and Research Training) / Page Contact:  Researchers