Our Staff       

Jo McDonald

Professor Jo McDonald holds the Rio Tinto Chair in Rock Art Studies. Jo is currently working with several Pilbara Aboriginal communities developing rock art collaborations as well as leading two rock art projects at Murujuga. She sits on the Murujuga Stakeholder Reference Group and Murujuga’s Heritage Committee; is Chair of NSCRAA and is Australia’s representative on ICOMOS’ ISC-CAR.

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Alistair Paterson

Professor Alistair Paterson is an ARC Future Fellow in Archaeology at The University of Western Australia. His research examines the historical archaeology of colonial coastal contact and settlement in Australia’s North West and the Indian Ocean.


Joakim Goldhahn

Professor Joakim Goldhahn holds the Rock Art Australia Ian Potter Kimberley Chair. ​​He has conducted research in northern Europe and now conducts research in the Kimberley and western Arnhem Land in Australia with a special interest in Indigenous contact rock art, human-animal relations, a biographical approach to known Aboriginal rock art artists, intergenerational learning, museum collections, bark paintings, and more.

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Peter Veth

Professor Peter Veth is Discipline Lead of Archaeology at UWA. He is a leading desert archaeologist currently working in Cape Range, the Pilbara and Western Desert.

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Sven Ouzman

Dr Sven Ouzman is an archaeologist who specialises in rock art, graffiti, heritage politics, Indigenous knowledge, intellectual property issues, landscape, creolisation and cross-cultural contact, monuments, origins, and understandings of time. 

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Martin Porr

Dr Martin Porr has published widely on Palaeolithic art and archeology as well as general theoretical aspects of archaeological and rock art research. He teaches archaeology at undergraduate and honours level.

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Benjamin Smith

Professor Benjamin W Smith is the Chair of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Rock Art.


Sarah de Koning

Sarah de Koning is the CRAR+M Database Manager.