Director of ANU Mongolia Institute, Dr Jack Fenner
Jack Fenner is an archaeologist with recent projects in Mongolia, the Pacific, and Island Southeast Asia. His speciality is using chemistry to identify diet and movement in the past. His current research includes stable isotope analyses of livestock remains from Mongol Empire and Bronze Age sites to understand environmental and husbandry variation across the eastern Mongolia landscape.
Dr Fenner also co-convenes an in-country course which allows ANU undergraduate students to experience Mongolia firsthand and to meet with local experts on the challenges that modern Mongolia is facing. He also teaches an undergraduate foundation course on humanities and social sciences in Asia and the Pacific, as well as graduate courses on mapping and isotopic analyses.
Dr Fenner obtained a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University in 2002 and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Wyoming in 2007. Prior to becoming an archaeologist, he spent fifteen years as a computer engineer.