Dr Michael Westaway

ARC Future Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 54483


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


  • Rizal, Yan, Westaway, Kira E., Zaim, Yahdi, van den Bergh, Gerrit D., Bettis, E. Arthur, Morwood, Michael J., Huffman, O. Frank, Grün, Rainer, Joannes-Boyau, Renaud, Bailey, Richard M., Sidarto,, Westaway, Michael C., Kurniawan, Iwan, Moore, Mark W., Storey, Michael, Aziz, Fachroel, Suminto,, Zhao, Jian-xin, Aswan, Sipola, Maija E., Larick, Roy, Zonneveld, John-Paul, Scott, Robert, Putt, Shelby and Ciochon, Russell L. (2020) Last appearance of Homo erectus at Ngandong, Java, 117,000–108,000 years ago. Nature, 577 7790: 381-385. doi:10.1038/s41586-019-1863-2

  • Westaway, Michael C. (2019) The first hominin fleet. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 3 7: 999-1000. doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0928-9

  • 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

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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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.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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