Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau
Senior Researcher, Research leader GARG


Ph.D Geochronology/Geochemistry/Environmental Sciences) 2010, Australian National University (Australia)

Email: renaud.joannes-boyau@scu.edu.au

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Research interests / background:

Development of dating techniques; enhancing methodology, protocols and accuracy of ESR and U-series methods. Application of geochemistry and geochronology techniques to archaeological and paleoenvironmental sciences, such as the effect of past, present and future climate changes on landscape evolution and populations. Investigating the mobilisation, incorporation and migration of isotopes and radionuclide into animal, shells, corals and human remains. Radiation impact on crystal structure and ESR signal for dose reconstruction (retrospective dosimetry and geochronology).

Key words:

  • Quaternary Geochronology
  • Archaeometry
  • Geoarchaeology
  • ESR and U-series dating
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Isotopes Geochemistry


Selected Research Grants

2013: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant (Lead Chief investigator 1/2), A new timeline for Human evolution using a pioneer non-destructive direct dating methodology. ($121,390)

2013: Australian Research Council (ARC) LIEF grant (Chief investigator, lead CI of SCU team), Laser ablation MCICPMS, University of Wollongong. ($360,000)

2013: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research awards, (Lead Chief investigator, 1/1) ($10,500)

2012: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research awards 2011, (Lead Chief investigator, 1/1) ($19,990)

2011: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant, (Chief Investigator, 3/3) ($115,000)

2010: Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research awards 2010, (Chief investigator, 2/2), ($15000)


Selected Publications:

Joannes-Boyau, R. (2014) Electron Spin Resonance Dating in Archaeology. Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Claire Smith and Springer Ed, 8013pp.

Joannes-Boyau R., Guibert P., Chapoulie R., Lahaye C., Scheffers A., Parr J., Moffat I. (2014) Thermal behavior of organic radicals and paramagnetic centres in chert: implications for luminescence dating. A case study of Bergeracois brown chert from Cantalouette II, Dordogne, France. Quaternary Geochronology.

Austin, C., Smith, T., Bradman, A., Hinde, K., Joannes-Boyau, R., Bishop, D., Hare, D., Doble, P., Eskenazi, B., Arora, M. (2013) Barrium distributions in teeth reveal early life dietary transitions in primates. Nature 498, 216-219.

Joannes-Boyau, R. (2013) Detailed protocol for accurate non-destructive direct dating of human remains. Geochronometria 40, 322-333.

Joannes-Boyau R., Grün R. (2011) A comprehensive model for CO2− radicals in fossil tooth enamel: Implications for ESR dating. Quaternary Geochronology 6, 82-97.

Grün R., Aubert M., Joannes-Boyau R., Moncel M.H. (2008) High resolution analysis of uranium and thorium concentration as well as U-series isotope distributions in a Neanderthal tooth from Payre using laser ablation ICP-MS. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, 5278-5290.

Grün R., Joannes-Boyau R., Stringer C. (2008) Two types of CO2− radicals threaten the fundamentals of ESR dating of tooth enamel. Quaternary Geochronology 3, 150-172.