Matthew McDowell

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Matthew McDowell

Matthew McDowell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Room 341, Life Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Fields of Research

  • Palaeontology (incl. Palynology) (040308)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Community Ecology (060202)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Archaeological Science (210102)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Stratigraphy (incl. Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy) (040311)

Research Objectives

  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments (960899)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)
  • Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments (961299)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)


Total publications


Journal Article

(25 outputs)
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 - 3Web of Science - 3


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]


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]

Co-authors: Fancourt BA


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 - 2Web of Science - 2


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 - 1Web of Science - 1


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 - 5Web of Science - 4


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 - 8Web of Science - 7


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 - 2Web of Science - 1


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 - 20Web of Science - 18


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 - 7Web of Science - 7


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


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 - 10Web of Science - 10


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 - 10Web of Science - 10


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 - 27Web of Science - 25


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 - 7Web of Science - 5


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


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]


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 - 4


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 - 11


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


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


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 - 74Web of Science - 62


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

(2 outputs)
2018McDowell M, 'Rockshelter Excavations in the East Hamersley Range, Pilbara Region, 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. 391-398. 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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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Drivers of bird communities on temperate land-bridge islands: a case study on a shifting strait (2019)$4,547
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.
Birdlife Australia ($4,547)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Brook BW; Fielding MW; Buettel JC; McDowell MC

Research Supervision




PhDAvifauna of the Bass Strait Islands: using past extinctions to inform future conservation2018