Wallace Law

Dr Wallace Law

Grant-Funded Researcher (A)

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


Dr. W. Boone Law is a geospatial scientist and archaeologist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He works with the University of Adelaide's Spatial Science Group (SSG), where he completed his PhD research on the application of satellite remote sensing and spatial technologies to investigate past Aboriginal land use and archaeological site distribution in the Australian arid zone. His research aims to demonstrate how remote sensing can improve our modelling of past Aboriginal land use practices and archaeological site distribution in Australia’s vast desert regions. Dr. Law has worked as a full-time archaeological consultant since 2001, managing survey and excavation teams in Texas and Australia. Through his close industry relationship and role as a Senior Archaeologist with Scarp Archaeology Pty Ltd, he is an Associate Investigator with Australian Research Council Centre for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

In addition to his geoarchaeological research, Dr. Law has volunteered much of his time to mapping the 2020 bushfire impacts on Kangaroo Island. Together, he and Professor Megan Lewis (Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) have advocated for government, industry and research agencies to invest in accessible and easily understood satellite mapping of bushfire impacted areas during the event and beyond. He is part of a University of Adelaide research team led by Professor Bronwyn Gillanders (Environment Institute) studying how the bushfires impacted the island's marine and coastal environment. Dr. Law is also involved with a long-term study using satellite imagery to investigate turbidity and seagrass change along the metropolitan Adelaide region.

Research Interests:

  • Multispectral and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, GIS, and Related Spatial Technologies
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Bushfire Mapping 
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Australian Arid Zone Archaeology
  • Aboriginal Stone Artefacts and Stone Artefact Analysis
  • Archaeological Field Methods, including Rockshelter Excavation and Open Site Recording
  • Scientific Research Design and Technical Report Writing
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Award APSEA/SSSI Postgraduate Student Award 2020 - Oceanic Region Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) Australia
    2021 Award APSEA/SSSI Postgraduate Student Award 2020 - South Australia Region Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) Australia
    2020 Award Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship Faculty of Sciences Divisional Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Scholarship Constance Fraser Supplementary Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia
    1998 Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for International Students Australian National University Australia
    1997 Scholarship Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Australian National University United States
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D. in Environmental Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science
    2004 Australian National University Australia M. Phil. in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology
    1997 Australian National University Australia Grad. Dip. Prehistory and Archaeology
    1996 Texas Tech University United States B.A. Anthropology
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2009 - 2009 Geochronology Master Class: Dating Methods and Their Applications in Australasian Palaeoenvironmental and Archaeological Research Flinders University Australia
    2004 - 2004 Geomorphology and Geoarchaeology for Archaeologists Short Course Quaternary Analysis Laboratories United States
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 First Aid Certificate (HLTAID001, HLTAID002, HLTAID003) St. John's Ambulance
    2012 Mining Safety and Leadership Certification Aveling
    2012 Advanced 4WD Certificate (RIIVEH305A) Getabout Training Services (Provider Code 90547)
    2010 Undertake Confined Space Rescue ERGT Skills For Life
    2010 Enter and Work in Confined Space (RIIOHS202A) ERGT Skills For Life
  • Research Interests

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Australia
    2004 - ongoing Member Society of American Archaeology United States
    1998 - ongoing Member Australian Archaeological Association Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2017 - 2019 Secretary Australian Archaeological Association Australia
  • Position: Grant-Funded Researcher (A)
  • Email: wallace.law@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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