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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 and teaching, I am the ANU Graduate Convener of Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology, supervise the ANH osteological comparative collection and archaeological material quarantine facilities, and ANH representative on the CHL Education Committee.

Career highlights

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.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  28 October 2016 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers