Dr Michael Westaway

ARC Future Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am an Australian Research Council Future Fellow working in the field of bioarchaeology in Australia and New Guinea.


  • Graduate Diploma in Arts, Australian National University
  • Graduate Diploma in Education, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University


  • Adams, Shaun, Grün, Rainer, McGahan, David, Zhao, Jian-Xin, Feng, Yuexing, Nguyen, Ai, Willmes, Malte, Quaresimin, Michael, Lobsey, Brett, Collard, Mark and Westaway, Michael C. (2019) A strontium isoscape of north-east Australia for human provenance and repatriation. Geoarchaeology, 34 3: 231-251. doi:10.1002/gea.21728

  • Westaway, Michael C., Price, Gilbert, Miscamble, Tony, McDonald, Jane, Cramb, Jonathon, Ringma, Jeremy, Grün, Rainer, Jones, Darryl and Collard, Mark (2019) A palaeontological perspective on the proposal to reintroduce Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia to suppress invasive predators. Biological Conservation, 232 187-193. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2019.02.002

  • Wright, Joanne L., Wasef, Sally, Heupink, Tim H., Westaway, Michael C., Rasmussen, Simon, Pardoe, Colin, Fourmile, Gudju Gudju, Young, Michael, Johnson, Trish, Slade, Joan, Kennedy, Roy, Winch, Patsy, Pappin, Mary, Wales, Tapij, Bates, William Badger, Hamilton, Sharnie, Whyman, Neville, Pellekaan, Sheila van Holst, McAllister, Peter J., Tacon, Paul S. C., Curnoe, Darren, Li, Ruiqiang, Millar, Craig, Subramanian, Sankar, Willerslev, Eske, Malaspinas, Anna-Sapfo, Sikora, Martin and Lambert, David M. (2018) Ancient nuclear genomes enable repatriation of Indigenous human remains. Science Advances, 4 12: . doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau5064

View all Publications


Book Chapter

  • Westaway, Michael C., Durband, Arthur and Lambert, David (2015). Human evolution in Sunda and Sahul and the continuing contributions of Professor Colin Groves. In Alison M. Behie and Marc F. Oxenham (Ed.), Taxonomic tapestries: the threads of evolutionary, behavioural and conservation research (pp. 249-276) Acton, ACT, Australia: ANU Press.

  • Westaway, Michael C. and Lambert, David (2014). First Australians: Origins. In Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (pp. 2787-2800) New York, NY United States: Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_667

  • Durband, Arthur C. and Westaway, Michael C. (2013). Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Australians. In Smith, F. H. and Ahern, J. C. M. (Ed.), The Origins of Modern Humans: Biology Reconsidered (pp. 123-150) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Article

Conference Publication