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Researcher: McDowell, MC (Dr Matthew McDowell)

Fields of Research

Palaeontology (incl. palynology)
Conservation and biodiversity
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Archaeological science
Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Environmental management
Biological adaptation
Stratigraphy (incl. biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis)
Geomorphology and earth surface processes
Global change biology
Speciation and extinction
Terrestrial ecology
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology
Exploration geochemistry

Research Objectives

Terrestrial biodiversity
Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Other environmental management
Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
Understanding climate change
Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
Understanding Australia's past
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Conserving natural heritage
Climate variability (excl. social impacts)
Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments
Health status (incl. wellbeing)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

2000, year-old Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) Aboriginal food remains, Australia; Scientific Reports
50 years and worlds apart: Rethinking the Holocene occupation of Cloggs Cave (East Gippsland, SE Australia) five decades after its initial archaeological excavation and in light of GunaiKurnai world views; Australian Archaeology
FosSahul 2.0, an updated database for the Late Quaternary fossil records of Sahul; Scientific Data
A critical evaluation of how ancient DNA bulk bone metabarcoding complements traditional morphological analysis of fossil assemblages; Quaternary Science Reviews
A review of the palaeo-environment of Kangaroo Island, South Australia, through the Late Pleistocene and Holocene with notes on a recent study; Dig It
Addendum: FosSahul 2.0, an updated database for the Late Quaternary fossil records of Sahul; Scientific Data
Additional AMS radiocarbon dates for Wet Cave and the timing of megafaunal extinctions in the Naracoorte region of South Australia; Alcheringa
Ancient DNA from bulk bone reveals past genetic diversity of vertebrate fauna on Kangaroo Island, Australia; Quaternary Science Reviews
Ancient DNA reveals complexity in the evolutionary history and taxonomy of the endangered Australian brush-tailed bettongs (Bettongia: Marsupialia: Macropodidae: Potoroinae); Biodiversity and Conservation
Book review of 'Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Change. Using Palaeoecology to Manage Dynamic Landscapes in the Anthropocene'
Book Review of 'Evolution: A View from the 21st Century'
Chronology and stratigraphy of the Wet Cave vertebrate fossil deposit, Naracoorte, and relationship to paleoclimatic conditions of the Last Glacial Cycle in south-eastern Australia; Australian Journal of Earth Sciences
Chronology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental interpretation of a Late Pleistocene to mid-Holocene cave accumulation on Kangaroo Island, South Australia; Boreas
Climate-human interaction associated with southeast Australian megafauna extinction patterns; Nature Communications
Community research in a public place: Wangangarra 1 rockshelter, Mitchell River National Park, East Gippsland (Australia); Australian Archaeology
Cryptic grey-bellied dunnart (Sminthopsis griseoventer) discovered in South Australia: Genetic, morphological and subfossil analyses show the value of collecting voucher material; Australian Journal of Zoology
Faunal Analysis of Jundaru (HN-A9) and PAD 3 Rockshelters, Pilbara, Western Australia; Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia
Fossils reveal late Holocene diversity and post-European decline of the terrestrial mammals of the Murray-Darling Depression; Wildlife Research
Geometric morphometrics provides an alternative approach for interpreting the affinity of fossil lizard jaws; Journal of Herpetology
Geomorphological context and formation history of Cloggs Cave: What was the cave like when people inhabited it?; Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Holocene vertebrate fossils aid the management and restoration of Australian ecosystems; Ecological Management and Restoration
Insights into the pre-European mammalian fauna of the southern Flinders Ranges, South Australia; Australian Mammalogy
Last recorded evidence for megafauna at Wet Cave, Naracoorte, South Australia 45,000 years ago; Australian Archaeology
Late Quaternary faunal responses to environmental change and isolation on a large Australian land-bridge island
Late survival of megafauna refuted for Cloggs Cave, SE Australia: Implications for the Australian Late Pleistocene megafauna extinction debate; Quaternary Science Reviews
Late-Holocene mammal fauna from southern Australia reveals rapid species declines post-European settlement: Implications for conservation biology; The Holocene
Mammal remains, including the white-footed rabbit-rat 'Conilurus albipes', from the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia; South Australian Naturalist
Mid-Pleistocene cave fills, megafaunal remains and climate change at Naracoorte, South Australia: Towards a predictive model using U-Th dating of speleothems; Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Morphological and molecular evidence supports specific recognition of the recently extinct Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae); Journal of Mammalogy
Natural resource management implications of the pre-European non-volant mammal fauna of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, south Australia; Australian Mammalogy
No evidence for widespread island extinctions after Pleistocene hominin arrival; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Novel mitochondrial haplotype of spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) present on Kangaroo Island (South Australia) prior to extirpation; Holocene
Paradigm shifts and ontological turns at Cloggs Cave, Gunaikurnai Country, Australia; Ontologies of Rock Art: Images, Relational Approaches and Indigenous Knowledge
Raymond Creek 2 Rock Shelter Archaeological Excavations, Mitchell River National Park
Re-evaluating the Late Quaternary fossil mammal assemblage of Seton Rockshelter, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, including the evidence for late-surviving megafauna; Journal of Quaternary Science
Single-grain TT-OSL bleaching characteristics: Insights from modern analogues and OSL dating comparisons; Quaternary Geochronology
Size matters; The Fossil Hunters: Stories From The Palaeontologists
Species distribution models for conservation: identifying translocation sites for eastern quolls under climate change; Global Ecology and Conservation
Survival histories of marsupial carnivores on Australian continental shelf islands highlight climate change and Europeans as likely extirpation factors: implications for island predator restoration; Biodiversity and Conservation
Taphonomy and palaeoenvironmental interpretation of a late Holocene deposit from Black's Point Sinkhole, Venus Bay, SA; Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
The effects of drought on prey selection of the barn owl (Tyto alba) in the Strzelecki Regional Reserve, north-eastern South Australia; Australian Mammalogy
The encounter 2002 expedition to the Isles of St Francis, South Australia: Vertebrate fauna; Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia
The impact of European colonization on the late-Holocene non-volant mammals of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia; The Holocene
The original mammal fauna of the Pilbara biogeographic region of north-western Australia; Records of the Western Australian Museum
The status of non-volant mammals along a rainfall gradient in the south-west Kimberley, Western Australia; Australian Mammalogy
Thorough assessment of DNA preservation from fossil bone and sediments excavated from a late Pleistocene-Holocene cave deposit on Kangaroo Island, South Australia; Quaternary Science Reviews
Understanding accumulation bias in the ecological interpretation of archaeological and paleontological sites on Kangaroo Island, South Australia; Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change; Science
Using the diet of the barn owl (Tyto alba) as an indicator of small vertebrate abundance in the Channel Country, south-western Queensland; Australian Mammalogy

Research Projects

Drivers of bird communities on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait; Birdlife Australia (BLA)
Researcher Exchange Grant - training on Accelerator Mass Spectrometer radiocarbon dating; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The coming of the dingo and its interaction with Indigenous Australians.; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision