Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau

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Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau is a geochronologist and a geochemist. He is the head of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group and the Director of Higher Degree Research Training at Southern Cross Geoscience at Southern Cross University in Australia.


Renaud’s research focuses on the development and application of direct dating methods and micro-analytical techniques to key questions in archaeological sciences, such as the timing of human evolution, hominid ecological niche, diet and early life history. His research aims to understand the mobilisation, incorporation and diffusion of isotopes, trace element and radionuclides onto fossil remains.


Renaud has made a significant contribution to geochronology and geochemistry applied to human evolution, with the dating of key fossils (e.g. early Homo sapiens from Jebel Irhoud, Homo naledi..) and the geochemical imaging of extinct hominins.

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