Associate Professor Renaud Joannes-Boyau
Associate Professor Renaud Joannes-Boyau is the Deputy Director of Southern Cross Geoscience, Deputy Chair Academic Board (Research) and the Head of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group at Southern Cross University.
After finishing two bachelor degrees in art and science and a master degree in applied physics, Renaud came to Australia in 2006 to undertake his PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Renaud is an Australian, French born, world leading expert in human remains analyses. His 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, interaction with the surrounding environment and ecological niche, as well as hominids diet and early life history. Specifically, his research is concerned with the understanding of mobilization, incorporation and diffusion of isotopes and radionuclides into animal and human fossil remains, as well as the constant improvement of analytical techniques, such as enhancing methodology, protocols and accuracy of ESR and U-series methods or elemental and isotopic imaging of early human remains. Investigating the use of geochemical technique in living humans especially for medical and biomedical research is also of prime and growing interest.