The Enigma of Arrival: Movements of the mimosa bush and the baobab across the Indian Ocean into pre-British Australia

  • Rangan, Haripriya (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Kull, Christian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Murphy, Daniel (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    This project explores the pre-British environmental history of northern Australia through the enigmatic arrival of two trees from elsewhere, perhaps on trading ships, perhaps as floating seeds. Using an ambitious transdisciplinary combination of archival research, interviews, and genetic analysis, it seeks to demonstrate possible pre-British connections for the transfer and dispersal of the baobab and mimosa bush. The research provides new insights into northern Australia s place in historic Indian Ocean networks of exchange. It contributes to a significant new field of research on ecocultural exchanges that brings together historical, sociocultural and biogeographic perspectives to inform landscape and biodiversity management.
    Effective start/end date4/01/1030/11/14


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD452,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne