About

Ariana's research focuses on the human palaeoecology of island and coastal settings through the study of archaeological fish remains. Her priorities have been the development of methods to improve data quality in zooarchaeological research, examining the dynamics of Indigenous fisheries across millennia, and assessing the role of people in shaping biodiversity and landscapes through time. She has been involved in field- and/or laboratory-based projects across the Pacific, including: American Samoa, Hawaiʻi, Henderson Island, Marquesas Islands, Marshall Islands, and the Tuamotus. Ariana received her PhD from The University of Queensland in 2017.

Currently she is an ARC DECRA Fellow. As part of this project she is investigating Holocene Indigenous fisheries, specifically the dialogue between people and the local environment and how this shaped culture, landscape dynamics, and biodiversity over millennia. This research aims to provide a deep time perspective relevant to contemporary fisheries management within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Interests
Research
  • Ichthyoarchaeology
  • Zooarchaeology
  • Island and coastal archaeology
  • Archaeology of Pacific Islands
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Historical ecology
Experience
  • 2021 to present - ARC DECRA Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2015 to 2018 - Sessional Lecturer, The University of Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 2012 to 2017 - PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland (Brisbane)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Research Higher Degree Thesis, The University of Queensland
Memberships
  • 2014 - International Council for Archaeozoology
  • 2010 - Australian Archaeological Association
Other
  • 2020 - Associate Editor, Australian Archaeology
  • 2018 - Editorial Advisory Board, Queensland Archaeological Research
  • 2019 to 2020 - JCU Node Leader, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage
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Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

10,000 years of Indigenous fisheries informs future Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$444,281 over 3 years
Summary
This project aims to document the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in shaping the fish resources of the Great Barrier Reef over millennia. Using novel analyses of archaeological faunal remains, this project expects to generate new knowledge on how people?s actions transformed marine systems and modified fish communities. Expected outcomes include establishing pre? European baseline data essential for managing contemporary fish populations, and a long?term perspective on human exploitation of a shifting Great Barrier Reef. Benefits include a framework for integrating Indigenous fisheries management into conservation agendas and foregrounding the deep human history of the Reef to support future social?ecological resilience.
Investigators
Ariana Lambrides (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Archaeology; Great Barrier Reef; Indigenous fishing practices

Rust Family Foundation - Archaeology Grants Program

Uncovering the deep history of Indigenous fisheries on the Great Barrier Reef: Expanding knowledge with novel high-resolution collagen fingerprinting

Indicative Funding
$8,680 over 1 year
Summary
This project aims to document Indigenous interactions with the fish resources of the northern Great Barrier Reef (Queensland, Australia) over the past 6,500 years. Using novel analyses of archaeological fish remains, this project expects to generate new knowledge on how people?s actions transformed marine systems and modified fish communities. Expected outcomes include a long-term cultural history of the sustainability of Indigenous fisheries practices in the region, and baseline ecological data for the period prior to European occupation.
Investigators
Ariana Lambrides (College of Arts and Society & Education)
Keywords
Archaeology; Great Barrier Reef; Indigenous Fishing Practices
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  • Understanding Kwokkunum Shell Mounds as Landscape Engineering: A Spatial and Temporal Archaeological approach (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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