Associate Professor Stuart Bedford is a Fellow at Archaeology and Natural History in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.
Associate Professor Bedford has been involved in archaeological research across the archipelago of Vanuatu for almost 30 years.
He has led a series of excavations on a number of founding (Lapita) settlements on different islands that date to 3,000 years ago.
His work has contributed to profiling the earliest populations through aDNA, identified a whole range of extinct fauna and tracked human and environmental transformations over millennia to the present. Human adaptation to natural hazards is a current focus. Colonial violence in the 19th and early 20th century is also a passion.