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.
- Multispectral and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing, GIS, and Related Spatial Technologies
- Ecological Modelling
- Bushfire Mapping
- 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
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
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
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
Year Citation 2022 Fernandes, M. B., Hennessy, A., Law, W. B., Daly, R., Gaylard, S., Lewis, M., & Clarke, K. (2022). Landsat historical records reveal large-scale dynamics and enduring recovery of seagrasses in an impacted seascape. Science of the Total Environment, 813, 9 pages.
2021 Law, W. B., Hiscock, P., Ostendorf, B., & Lewis, M. (2021). Using satellite imagery to evaluate precontact Aboriginal foraging habitats in the Australian Western Desert.. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-14.
2020 Law, W. B., Lewis, M. M., Ostendorf, B., & Hiscock, P. (2020). Cover Image. Geoarchaeology, 35(3).
2020 Slack, M., Law, W. B., & Gliganic, L. (2020). The early occupation of the Eastern Pilbara revisited: New radiometric chronologies and archaeological results from Newman Rockshelter and Newman Orebody XXIX. Quaternary Science Reviews, 236, 1-19.
2020 Law, W. B., & Slack, M. J. (2020). The Story is in the Rocks: How Stone Artefact Scatters can Inform our Understanding of Ancient Aboriginal Stone Arrangement Functions. Journal of Field Archaeology, 45(2), 106-119.
2019 Law, W., Lewis, M., Ostendorf, B., & Hiscock, P. (2019). Reflecting on siliceous rocks in central Australia: Using advanced remote sensing to map ancient “tool-stone” resources. Geoarchaeology, 35(3), 400-415.
2019 Law, W. (2019). Book Review: The Nile Basin: Quaternary Geology, Geomorphology, and Prehistoric Environments by Martin Williams.. Quaternary Australasia, 36(2), 39-41. 2018 Slack, M. J., Law, W. B., & Gliganic, L. (2018). Pleistocene settlement of the eastern Hamersley Plateau: A regional study of 22 rock-shelter sites. Archaeology in Oceania, 53(3), 191-204.
2017 Slack, M., Connell, K., Davis, A., Gliganic, L., Law, W., & Meyer, M. (2017). Post-Last Glacial Maximum settlement of the West Angelas region in the inland Hamersley Plateau, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology, 83(3), 127-142.
2017 Law, W. B., Slack, M. J., Ostendorf, B., & Lewis, M. M. (2017). Digital terrain analysis reveals new insights into the topographic context of Australian Aboriginal stone arrangements. Archaeological Prospection, 24(2), 169-179.
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2010 Law, W., Cropper, D., & Petchey, F. (2010). Djadjiling rockshelter: 35,000 ¹⁴C years of Aboriginal occupation in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology, 70(1), 68-71.
Year Citation 2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (Eds.) (2018). Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Summertown, Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.
2018 Cropper, D., & Law, W. B. (Eds.) (2018). Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia. Summertown, Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.
2009 Law, W. B. (2009). Measured on Stone Stone Artefact Reduction, Residential Mobility, and Aboriginal Land Use in Arid Central Australia. British Archaeological Reports Limited.
Year Citation 2018 Law, W., Ostendorf, B., & Lewis, M. (2018). Identifying siliceous ‘tool stone’ resources with advanced remote sensing: a case study from central Australia. In Trans-Tasman Dialogues NZAA and AAA 2018 Conference Programme. Auckland, New Zealand. 2018 Slack, M., Murray, G., Ewan, A., Pervan, J., Law, W. B., Strano, A., & Stevens, G. (2018). Reconstructing a peopled landscape in the Pilbara. In Trans-Tasman Dialogues 2018 NZAA and AAA Conference Programme. Auckland, New Zealand. 2015 Law, W. B., Slack, M. J., Solomon, T., & Long, T. (2015). A Geospatial and Geoarchaeological Site Location Model of Aboriginal Stone Arrangements in the Central Pilbara. In AAA Conference Programme. Fremantle, Western Australia. 2015 Slack, M. J., Gliganic, L., Law, W. B., & Solomon, T. (2015). Pre-Glacial Settlement of the Eastern Pilbara - The Nyiyaparli Rockshelter Research Project. In AAA Conference Programme. Fremantle, WA. 2013 Law, W. B. (2013). Is there a correlation between the emergence of backed artefact technologies and mid-Holocene climate change in the Pilbara?. In AAA Conference Programme. Wollongong, New South Wales. 2009 Cropper, D. N., & Law, W. B. (2009). The Pleistocene Archaeological Record at Hope Downs, Western Australia. In AAA Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia. 2009 Law, W. B., & Cropper, D. N. (2009). The Holocene Archaeological Record at Hope Downs, Western Australia. In AAA Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia. 2008 Law, W. B. (2008). PAD3 Rockshelter: A Holocene Rockshelter from the Pilbara, WA. In SAA Abstract Archive. Vancouver, Canada. 2004 Houk, B. A., & Law, W. B. (2004). Excavations at 41KR621, a Stratified Site in Kerr County, Texas. In TAS Abstract Program. College Station, Texas. 2000 Law, W. B. (2000). Measuring Stone Artefact Reduction in Central Australia. In NASC Conference Programme. Adelaide, South Australia. 1999 Law, W. B. (1999). Transformations in Stone Artefact Reduction at a Central Australian Rockshelter. In AAA-Mandurah Conference Programme. Mandurah.
Year Citation 2020 Law, W. B., & Lewis, M. (2020). I made bushfire maps from satellite data, and found a glaring gap in Australia’s preparedness. The Conversation. 2020 Law, W. B., & Lewis, M. (2020). University of Adelaide Researchers Raise Awareness on the Importance of Satellite Imagery for Mapping Bushfire Impacts. Environment Institute Blog.
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
Date Office Name Institution Country 2017 - 2019 Secretary Australian Archaeological Association Australia
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