Dr Jack Fenner

BS (Michigan State), MS (Purdue), MA (ENMU), PhD (Wyoming)
Academic Fellow and Director of the ANU Mongolia Institute
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Archaeology 2101
  • Biological (Physical) Anthropology 160102
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104

Research interests

Stable isotope ratio analysis for archaeology and paleo-environmental estimation; Asian, Pacific, and North American archaeology; GIS, GPS and computer applications; Quantitative methods in archaeology; 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. I am also interested in spatial analysis both as a means of documenting sites and for investigating spatial aspects of cultures. In addition to research and teaching, I was CHL Deputy Director - Education (June 2017 - July 2019), and serve on the ANU Archaeology Board of Studies.

ORCiD: 0000-0002-6857-9309

Career highlights

Converted from dual Research Fellow/Research Lab Manager positions to fulltime Academic Fellow position in January 2017. Promoted to a Level C Research Fellow in January 2016.  Promoted to Level B Research Fellow in 2011.  Joined ANU as a  three-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in October 2008 and was converted to a pair of continuing appointments (Research Fellow and Research Lab Manager) in 2010. Prior to my current position, I was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at ANU and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the 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.


I am currently teaching or co-teaching the following courses:

ASIA1025  Asia and the Pacific: Power, Diversity and Change
ASIA2084  Study Tour: Modern Mongolia - Challenges to the Environment, Economy and Empire
ASIA8046  Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities
ARCH2007 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
ARCH8040 Microanalysis in Archaeological Science

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