Caroline Mather

Dr, PhD & BSc (Hons) UWA

  • Rm 1.18 Social Science Building

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Dr Caroline Mather is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management at UWA. Caroline has experience in geochemistry, geology, hydrogeology and environmental science and its application in Western Australia. Caroline's current research aims to develop high-resolution palaeoenvironmental records from carbonate spring deposits and other geological archives in Murujuga (the Dampier Archipelago), on the Pilbara coast in Western Australia. The Murujuga region is of scientific and cultural significance, renowned for abundant and diverse petroglyphs (engraved rock art). The research will improve knowledge on the environmental conditions, fresh water availability and changing local climatic conditions relevant to the period(s) of rock art production. The outcomes will provide context on the patterns of early human occupation and migration (evidenced by rock art) within this region during the Quaternary. Prior to her role as a Research Fellow, Caroline completed and PhD in carbonate geochemistry and palaeoenvironmental research and has also worked as an environmental geochemist in the mining industry, where her role focussed on management of mine waste materials, water quality and environmental impacts of mining.

Funding overview

ARC Linkage Project (LP190100724) "Dating Murujuga's Dreaming: Scientific analysis of landscapes and rock art" between The University of Western Australia, University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, Murujuga Aborginal Corporation, Rio Tinto and Woodside (2021-2025)

ANSTO Grant (AP13888) "Radiocarbon dating of tufa to develop palaeoenvironmental records for Murujuga, NW Western Australia: Implications for early human occupation" (2022)

Research interests

  • Palaeoenvironment and climate research
  • Earth surface processes
  • Geochemistry and hydrochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Mineralogy
  • Semi-arid and arid environments

Industrial relevance

As a geologist and geochemist in Western Australia, Caroline has strong ties to industry partners in the mining and petroleum sectors. Caroline has undertaken collaboratory research with industry partners during her doctoral degree and within her current role. Her research has numerous applications to industry and other stakeholders, including implications for water quality and management, groundwater dependent ecosystems, surface water - groundwater interactions, environmental impacts and management.



Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Mining and Resources

Research expertise keywords

  • carbonate geochemistry
  • Palaeoenvironment
  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Water chemistry
  • Geomorphology (the study of the physical features and processes of the earths surface)
  • Mineralogy and geochemistry of soils and sediments
  • Sedimentology
  • Quaternary geology


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