FWF Lise Meitner Fellow

Luke Gliganic

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

Research Interests

Late Pleistocene human occupation in arid regions, particularly Tibet and central Australia.
Quaternary environmental change and associated human and landscape responses.
Behavioural evolution of Homo sapiens.
Developing luminescence-based approaches for dating rock surfaces and archaeological structures.
Using the OSL signal from single grains of quartz to resolve the depositional and post-depositional histories of sediments in a wide range of settings.

Short CV

2016–2018 FWF Lise Meitner Fellow, University of Innsbruck, Austria
2014–2016 Post-doctoral research, University of Innsbruck, Austria
2011–2014 Post-doctoral research, University of Wollongong, Australia
2007–2011 Ph.D.  School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia,
2003-2007 B.A. Anthropology and Environmental Studies  Stony Brook University - State University of New York, USA




Slack, M., Law, W.B., Gliganic, L.A. (2018): Pleistocene settlement of the eastern Hamersley Plateau: Timing and directionality. Archaeology in Oceania. doi.org/10.1002/arco.5163

Gliganic, L.A.Meyer, M.C., Sohbati, R., Jain, M., Barrett, S. (2018): OSL surface exposure dating of a lithic quarry in Tibet: laboratory validation and application. Quaternary Geochronology, doi: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.04.012.

Meyer, M.C.Gliganic, L.A., Jain, M., Sohbati, R., Schmidmair, D. (2018): Lithological controls on light penetration into rock surfaces – implications for OSL and IRSL surface exposure dating. Radiation Measurements, doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.03.004.

Gliganic, L.A., Cohen, T.J., Meyer, M.C., Molenaar, A. (2017): Variations in luminescence properties of quartz and feldspar from modern fluvial sediments in three rivers. - Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 70-82.

Slack, M., Connell, K., Davis, A., Gliganic, L.A., Law, W.B., Meyer, M.C. (2017): Post last glacial maximum settlement of the West Angelas region in the inland Hamersley Plateau, Western Australia. Australian Archaeology 83, 127-142. doi.org/10.1080/03122417.2017.1404548

Wang, Z., Meyer, M.C., Gliganic, L.A., Hoffmann, D. L., May, J-H. (2017): Timing of fluvial terrace formation and concomitant travertine deposition in the upper Sutlej River (Tirthapuri, southwestern Tibet) and paleoclimatic implications. - Quaternary Science Reviews, 169, 357-377.

Gliganic, L.A., Cohen, T.J., Slack, M., Feathers, J.K. (2016): Sediment mixing in aeolian sandsheets identified and quantified using single-grain optically stimulated luminescence. - Quaternary Geochronology, 32, 53-66.

Cohen, T.J., Jansen, J.D., Gliganic, L.A., Larsen, J.R., Nanson, G.C., May, J.-H., Jones, B.G., Price, D.M. (2015): Hydrological collapse coincided with megafaunal extinction c. 48,000 years ago. Geology 43, 195–198. doi:10.1130/G36346.1

Gliganic, L.A., May, J.-H., Cohen, T.J. (2015). All mixed up: Using single-grain equivalent dose distributions to identify phases of pedogenic mixing on a dryland alluvial fan. Quaternary International 362, 23–33.  doi: 10.1177/0959683614561886

May, J.-H., Preusser, F., Gliganic, L.A. (2015): Refining late Quaternary plunge pool chronologies in Australia’s monsoonal ‘Top End’. Quaternary Geochronology 30, 328–333. doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2015.01.008

May, J.-H., Barrett, A., Cohen, T.J., Jones, B.G., Price, D., Gliganic, L.A. (2015): Late Quaternary evolution of a playa margin at Lake Frome, South Australia. Journal of Arid Environments 122, 93–108. doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.06.012

Oliver, T.S.N., Dougherty, A.J., Gliganic, L.A., Woodroffe, C.D. (2015): A revised chronology of progradation based on optically stimulated luminescence ages for the coastal plain at Moruya, southeastern Australia. The Holocene 25, 536-546. doi: 10.1177/0959683614561886

Gliganic, L.A., Cohen, T.J., May, J.-H., Jansen, J.D., Nanson, G.C., Dosseto, A., Larsen, J.R., Aubert, M. (2014). Late Holocene climatic variability indicated by three archives in arid southern Australia. The Holocene 24, 104-117.

Jansen, J.D., Nanson, G.C., Cohen, T.J., Fujioka, T., Fabel, D., Larsen, J.R., Codilean, A.T., Price, D.M., Bowman, H.H., May, J.-H., Gliganic, L.A. (2013). Lowland river responses to intraplate tectonism and climate forcing quantified with luminescence and cosmogenic 10B. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 366, 49–58.

Cohen, T.J., Nanson, G.C., Jansen, J.D., Gliganic, L.A., May, J.-H., Larsen, J., Goodwin, I.D., Browning, S., Price, D.M. (2012). A pluvial episode identified in southern central arid Australia during the Medieval Climatic Anomaly. Quaternary Science Reviews 56, 167–171.

Gliganic, L.A., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R.G., Dominguez-Rodrigo, M., Mabulla, A.Z.P. (2012). New ages for Middle and Later Stone Age deposits at Mumba rockshelter, Tanzania: optically stimulated luminescence dating of quartz and feldspar grains. Journal of Human Evolution 62, 533–547.

Gliganic, L.A., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R.G. (2012). Luminescence characteristics and dose distributions for quartz and feldspar grains from Mumba rockshelter, Tanzania.  Archaeological and Anthropological Research 4, 115-135.

Gliganic, L.A., Roberts, R.G., Jacobs, Z. (2012). Natural variations in the properties of TL and IRSL emissions from metamorphic and volcanic K-feldspars: assessing their reliability for dating. Radiation Measurements 47, 659–664.