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The Australian National University

Dr Janelle Stevenson

Research Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: +61 2 61253153

Areas of expertise

  • Palaeoecology 060206
  • Quaternary Environments 040606
  • Archaeological Science 210102
  • Geomorphology And Regolith And Landscape Evolution 040601
  • Soil Sciences 0503
  • Palaeontology (Incl. Palynology) 040308

Research interests

Palaeoecology, palynology, palaeoclimatology, fire histories; South East Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands.

 Current Teaching


Janelle is a palaeoecologist with experience working in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Her particular interests are in landscapes of the past, how these have changed under different climatic scenarios, and how we can disentangle climate change from human impact in the palaeoenvironmental record.

Janelle is currently involved in several multi-disciplinary collaborative projects: ARC Linkage led by Macquarie University with Partner Organization Rio Tinto Alcan, investigating earth mounds at Weipa with ANU colleague Dr Sally Brockwell; ARC Linkage with Kakadu National Park, From Prehistory to History: Landscape and Cultural Change on the South Alligator River, Kakadu National Park with ANU colleagues Dr Sally Brockwell, Dr Ulrike Proske and Dr Robert Levitus; ARC Discovery The Archaeology Of Sulawesi: A Strategic Island for Understanding Modern Human Colonisation and Interactions across our Region led by ANU colleague Professor Sue O’Connor, along with ANU colleague Dr Jack Fenner. She is also a member of the Towuti Drilling Project, a large international and multidisciplinary project partly funded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (


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