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Matthew McDowell

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Fields of Research

  • Palaeontology (incl. palynology) (370506)
  • Palaeoecology (310306)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Archaeological science (430101)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Genetics (310599)
  • Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) (430103)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Stratigraphy (incl. biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and basin analysis) (370510)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Geomorphology and earth surface processes (370901)
  • Speciation and extinction (310412)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archaeology (450101)
  • Exploration geochemistry (370301)

Research Objectives

  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences (280107)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Climate variability (excl. social impacts) (190502)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Health status (incl. wellbeing) (200407)
  • Conserving natural heritage (130404)

Publications

Total publications

49

Journal Article

(42 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Barlow MM, Johnson CN, McDowell MC, Fielding MW, Amin RJ, et al., 'Species distribution models for conservation: identifying translocation sites for eastern quolls under climate change', Global Ecology and Conservation Article e01735. ISSN 2351-9894 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01735 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Barlow MM; Johnson CN; Fielding MW; Amin RJ

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2021David B, Arnold LJ, Delannoy JJ, Freslov J, Urwin C, et al., 'Late survival of megafauna refuted for Cloggs Cave, SE Australia: Implications for the Australian Late Pleistocene megafauna extinction debate', Quaternary Science Reviews, 253 Article 106781. ISSN 0277-3791 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2020.106781 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2021David B, Freslov J, Mullett R, Delannoy JJ, McDowell M, et al., '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, 87, (1) pp. 1-20. ISSN 0312-2417 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1859963 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

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2021Louys J, Braje TJ, Chang CH, Cosgrove R, Fitzpatrick SM, et al., 'No evidence for widespread island extinctions after Pleistocene hominin arrival', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118, (20) Article e2023005118. ISSN 0027-8424 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2023005118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2

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2021Peters KJ, Saltre F, Friedrich T, Jacobs Z, Wood R, et al., 'Addendum: FosSahul 2.0, an updated database for the Late Quaternary fossil records of Sahul', Scientific Data, 8, (1) Article 133. ISSN 2052-4463 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41597-021-00918-7 [eCite] [Details]

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2021Seersholm FV, Grealy A, McDowell MC, Cole TL, Arnold LJ, et al., 'Ancient DNA from bulk bone reveals past genetic diversity of vertebrate fauna on Kangaroo Island, Australia', Quaternary Science Reviews, 262 Article 106962. ISSN 0277-3791 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106962 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2020Delannoy JJ, David B, Freslov J, Mullett R, Green H, et al., 'Geomorphological context and formation history of Cloggs Cave: What was the cave like when people inhabited it?', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 33 Article 102461. ISSN 2352-409X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102461 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2020Fordham DA, Jackson ST, Brown SC, Huntley B, Brook BW, et al., 'Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change', Science, 369, (6507) Article eabc5654. ISSN 0036-8075 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1126/science.abc5654 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Brook BW; Buettel JC

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2020Grealy A, McDowell MC, Retallick C, Bunce M, Peacock D, 'Novel mitochondrial haplotype of spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) present on Kangaroo Island (South Australia) prior to extirpation', Holocene, 30, (1) pp. 136-144. ISSN 0959-6836 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0959683619875805 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2020Roberts GL, Mullett R, David B, Freslov J, Mialanes J, et al., 'Community research in a public place: Wangangarra 1 rockshelter, Mitchell River National Park, East Gippsland (Australia)', Australian Archaeology, 86, (2) pp. 176-197. ISSN 0312-2417 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1769250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 3

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2020Stephenson B, David B, Freslov J, Arnold LJ, Delannoy JJ, et al., '2000, year-old Bogong moth (Agrotis infusa) Aboriginal food remains, Australia', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) Article 22151. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-79307-w [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2019Arnold LJ, Demuro M, Spooner NA, Prideaux GJ, McDowell MC, et al., 'Single-grain TT-OSL bleaching characteristics: Insights from modern analogues and OSL dating comparisons', Quaternary Geochronology, 49 pp. 45-51. ISSN 1871-1014 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.01.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 10

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2019Peters KJ, Saltre F, Friedrich T, Jacobs Z, Wood R, et al., 'FosSahul 2.0, an updated database for the Late Quaternary fossil records of Sahul', Scientific Data, 6 Article 272. ISSN 2052-4463 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0267-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 9

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2019Saltre F, Chadoeuf J, Peters KJ, McDowell MC, Friedrich T, et al., 'Climate-human interaction associated with southeast Australian megafauna extinction patterns', Nature Communications, 10 Article 5311. ISSN 2041-1723 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-13277-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2018Liddle NR, McDowell MC, Prideaux GJ, 'Insights into the pre-European mammalian fauna of the southern Flinders Ranges, South Australia', Australian Mammalogy, 40, (2) pp. 262-268. ISSN 0310-0049 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM17035 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Peacock DE, Fancourt BA, McDowell MC, Abbott I, '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, 27, (10) pp. 2477-2494. ISSN 0960-3115 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-018-1546-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Fancourt BA

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2017Fusco DA, McDowell MC, Medlin G, Prideaux GJ, 'Fossils reveal late Holocene diversity and post-European decline of the terrestrial mammals of the Murray-Darling Depression', Wildlife Research, 44, (1) pp. 60-71. ISSN 1035-3712 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR16134 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2017Gray JA, McDowell MC, Hutchinson MN, Jones MEH, 'Geometric morphometrics provides an alternative approach for interpreting the affinity of fossil lizard jaws', Journal of Herpetology, 51, (3) pp. 375-382. ISSN 0022-1511 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1670/16-145 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2016Adams SJ, McDowell MC, Prideaux GJ, 'Understanding accumulation bias in the ecological interpretation of archaeological and paleontological sites on Kangaroo Island, South Australia', Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 7 pp. 715-729. ISSN 2352-409X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2015.08.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

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2016Fusco DA, McDowell MC, Prideaux GJ, 'Late-Holocene mammal fauna from southern Australia reveals rapid species declines post-European settlement: Implications for conservation biology', The Holocene, 26, (5) pp. 699-708. ISSN 0959-6836 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0959683615618261 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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2016Haouchar D, Pacioni C, Haile J, McDowell MC, Baynes A, et al., 'Ancient DNA reveals complexity in the evolutionary history and taxonomy of the endangered Australian brush-tailed bettongs (Bettongia: Marsupialia: Macropodidae: Potoroinae)', Biodiversity and Conservation, 25, (14) pp. 2907-2927. ISSN 0960-3115 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-016-1210-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

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2015Grealy AC, McDowell MC, Scofield P, Murray DC, Fusco DA, et al., 'A critical evaluation of how ancient DNA bulk bone metabarcoding complements traditional morphological analysis of fossil assemblages', Quaternary Science Reviews, 128 pp. 37-47. ISSN 0277-3791 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.09.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27

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2015McDowell MC, Haouchar D, Aplin KP, Bunce M, Baynes A, et al., 'Morphological and molecular evidence supports specific recognition of the recently extinct Bettongia anhydra (Marsupialia: Macropodidae)', Journal of Mammalogy, 96, (2) pp. 287-296. ISSN 0022-2372 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyv006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 8

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2015McDowell MC, Prideaux GJ, Walshe K, Bertuch F, Jacobsen GE, '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, 30, (4) pp. 355-364. ISSN 0267-8179 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jqs.2789 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

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2014Adams S, McDowell MC, Prideaux G, '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, 2, (2) pp. 79-83. ISSN 2203-1898 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Haouchar D, Haile J, McDowell MC, Murray DC, White NE, et al., '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, 84 pp. 56-64. ISSN 0277-3791 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.11.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 24

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2014McDowell MC, 'Holocene vertebrate fossils aid the management and restoration of Australian ecosystems', Ecological Management and Restoration, 15, (1) pp. 58-63. ISSN 1442-7001 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12075 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 12

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2013Macken AC, McDowell MC, Bartholomeusz DN, Reed EH, '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, 60, (2) pp. 271-281. ISSN 0812-0099 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08120099.2013.758657 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

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2013McDowell MC, Bestland EA, Bertuch F, Ayliffe LK, Hellstrom JC, et al., 'Chronology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental interpretation of a Late Pleistocene to mid-Holocene cave accumulation on Kangaroo Island, South Australia', Boreas, 42, (4) pp. 974-994. ISSN 0300-9483 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/bor.12015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2012McDowell MC, Baynes A, Medlin GC, Prideaux GJ, 'The impact of European colonization on the late-Holocene non-volant mammals of Yorke Peninsula, South Australia', The Holocene, 22, (2) pp. 1441-1450. ISSN 0959-6836 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0959683612455542 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2012Start AN, Burbidge AA, McDowell MC, McKenzie NL, 'The status of non-volant mammals along a rainfall gradient in the south-west Kimberley, Western Australia', Australian Mammalogy, 34, (1) pp. 36-48. ISSN 0310-0049 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM10026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 31

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2011Kemper CM, Cooper SJB, Medlin GC, Adams M, Stemmer D, et al., '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, 59, (3) pp. 127-144. ISSN 0004-959X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/ZO11037 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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2010Baynes A, McDowell MC, 'The original mammal fauna of the Pilbara biogeographic region of north-western Australia', Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 78, (Part 1) pp. 285-298. ISSN 0313-122X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.78(1).2010.285-298 [eCite] [Details]

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2010McDowell MC, Medlin GC, 'Natural resource management implications of the pre-European non-volant mammal fauna of the southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, south Australia', Australian Mammalogy, 32, (2) pp. 87-93. ISSN 0310-0049 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM09020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9

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2009McDowell MC, Medlin G, 'Mammal remains, including the white-footed rabbit-rat 'Conilurus albipes', from the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia', South Australian Naturalist, 83, (1) pp. 26-28. ISSN 0038-2965 (2009) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2009McDowell MC, Medlin GC, '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, 31, (2) pp. 75-80. ISSN 0310-0049 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM08116 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7

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2009McDowell MC, Medlin GC, 'The effects of drought on prey selection of the barn owl (Tyto alba) in the Strzelecki Regional Reserve, north-eastern South Australia', Australian Mammalogy, 31, (1) pp. 47-55. ISSN 0310-0049 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/AM08115 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14

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2006Pate FD, McDowell MC, Wells RT, Smith AM, 'Additional AMS radiocarbon dates for Wet Cave and the timing of megafaunal extinctions in the Naracoorte region of South Australia', Alcheringa, 30, (S1) pp. 277-279. ISSN 0311-5518 (2006) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1080/03115510609506866 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7

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2003Robinson AC, Armstrong DM, Armstrong GP, Dalzell B, Canty PB, et al., 'The encounter 2002 expedition to the Isles of St Francis, South Australia: Vertebrate fauna', Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia, 127, (2) pp. 129-139. ISSN 0372-1426 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2002Pate FD, McDowell MC, Wells RT, Smith AM, 'Last recorded evidence for megafauna at Wet Cave, Naracoorte, South Australia 45,000 years ago', Australian Archaeology, 54, (1) pp. 53-55. ISSN 0312-2417 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2002.11682069 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19

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2000Moriarty KC, McCulloch MT, Wells RT, McDowell MC, '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, 159, (1-2) pp. 113-143. ISSN 0031-0182 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0031-0182(00)00036-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 67

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1997McDowell MC, '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, 117 pp. 79-96. ISSN 0370-047X (1997) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021David B, Freslov J, Mullett R, Delannoy J-J, Petchey F, et al., 'Paradigm shifts and ontological turns at Cloggs Cave, Gunaikurnai Country, Australia', Ontologies of Rock Art: Images, Relational Approaches and Indigenous Knowledge, Routledge, OM Abadia & M Porr (ed) (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2018McDowell M, 'Faunal Analysis of Jundaru (HN-A9) and PAD 3 Rockshelters, Pilbara, Western Australia', Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, Western Australia, Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, D Cropper and WB Law (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 401-408. ISBN 9781784919764 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012McDowell MC, 'Size matters', The Fossil Hunters: Stories From The Palaeontologists, South Australian Museum, S Mikkelson (ed), Adelaide, South Australia, pp. 64-72. (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017McDowell M, 'Book review of 'Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Change. Using Palaeoecology to Manage Dynamic Landscapes in the Anthropocene'', Austral Ecology, 42, (e5) ISSN 1442-9993 (2017) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1111/aec.12411 [eCite] [Details]

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2012McDowell MC, 'Book Review of 'Evolution: A View from the 21st Century'', Austral Ecology, 37, (e20) ISSN 1442-9993 (2012) [Review Single Work]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013McDowell MC, 'Late Quaternary faunal responses to environmental change and isolation on a large Australian land-bridge island' (2013) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019David B, Roberts G, Mialanes J, McDowell M, Wong V, et al., 'Raymond Creek 2 Rock Shelter Archaeological Excavations, Mitchell River National Park', Final Full Technical Report to GLaWAC, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Australia, 25 June 2019 (2019) [Report Other]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$487,492

Projects

The coming of the dingo and its interaction with Indigenous Australians. (2021 - 2024)$467,545
Description
This project will identify more precisely the time of the entry of dingoes into Australia and will investigate theirimpact on the lives of Indigenous Australians. Archaeological and anthropological evidence suggests that Indigenous people rapidly incorporated dingoes into their lives. Dingoes were used for a variety of purposes and were particularly valued as hunters by women, effectively increasing their access to meat. Impact would include a re-organisation of gender roles and an associated improvement in women's fecundity. By examining evidence for such changes, this project will significantly contribute to knowledge about implications of the arrival of a living technology in Australia and, more generally, the human/dog relationship.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($467,545)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Western Australia
Research Team
Balme J; O'Connor S; McDowell MC
Period
2021 - 2024
Grant Reference
DP210101960
Researcher Exchange Grant - training on Accelerator Mass Spectrometer radiocarbon dating (2020)$15,400
Description
Radiocarbon dating is essential for understanding when and why faunal change occurred in the Late Quaternary. I frequently apply radiocarbon dating methods to fossil assemblages. However, my use of the technique would be improved by training in how geochronologists process specimens.Dr Rachel Wood works at a world-class Accelerator Mass Spectrometer radiocarbon dating lab at ANU. I will work with Dr Wood to process and date several bone specimens I have excavated from Tasmanian owl roost assemblages. This substantial career development opportunity will foster my understanding of radiocarbon dating methods, a technique that is central to my research trajectory.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($15,400)
Scheme
Grant-ARC Centres of Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McDowell MC
Year
2020
Drivers of bird communities on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait (2019)$4,547
Description
Land-bridge islands are often overlooked in conservation research; however, these unique environments are home to some of Australias most endangered avian fauna. The principal aim of this project is to understand how drivers, such as isolation, climate change and habitat modification, impact woodland bird communities on land bridge islands and resulted in the extinction and endangerment of these species.
Funding
Birdlife Australia ($4,547)
Scheme
Grant-Conservation
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Brook BW; Fielding MW; Buettel JC; McDowell MC
Year
2019