Associate Professor Mike Morley

Future Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Mike is a geoarchaeologist with over 20 years’ experience working in both academic and commercial environments. His primary area of expertise is the study of archaeological site formation processes and the reconstruction of palaeoenvironments at various scales through the study of site micro- and macro-stratigraphy, geological sequences and geomorphological landforms. He is interested in reconstructing changes in geomorphological systems (e.g., river behavioural change) and the implications of these dynamics on humans (and hominins) living in—and interacting with—these landscapes. He has worked widely in Europe, North Africa (Sudan, Libya), southern Africa (South Africa, Lesotho), Middle East (Oman, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia) and Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, East Timor).

Mike is currently an ARC Future Fellow, leading a project that will reconstruct the ground conditions present at various Late Pleistocene sites across Southeast Asia during periods of site occupancy and abandonment. He will use these data to gain a better understanding of the environmental conditions preferred by modern humans and other co-existing hominins as they dispersed through the region and ultimately onto the Australasian mainland.


PhD Geoarchaeology, University of Manchester, UK

MSc Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway University London, UK

BSc Archaeological Science, University of Sheffield, UK

Honours, awards and grants

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Supervisory interests
Archaeological science
Cultural landscapes
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Archaeology (1)
Associate supervisor: Landscape archaeology (2)