School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences

Prof Kim Dowling

NameProf Kim Dowling  
Position title Honorary Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Fungi and the Goldfields: Indicators of contamination, environmental health and their nutritional status.
  • Arsenic and other metals: Mobility in a changing landscape
  • Water quality in mining affected landscapes
  • Natural contaminants in water, soil, and food in South East Kenya: Implications for health. (in association with Professor Hassina Mouri and Mr Patrick Gevera from the University of Johannesburg)
  • Disturbed landscapes

Short biography

Kim completed her undergraduate studies in geology at UNSW. After working in Meekatharra, Western Australia in gold mining, she completed a PhD at James Cook University addressing exploration techniques for gold mineralisation using chemical and quartz textural differences.

Subsequently, Kim worked in Papua New Guinea in academic roles associated with mineralization and then moved to University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide to address meteorite impacts and geochemistry. During this time, she developed a greater interest in environmental matters and completed further studies on environmental management at Deakin University.

At Federation University, Australia, Kim chaired the Academic Board for six years (the maximum number of terms allowable) and now is focused on arsenic and metal mobility in the landscape and its impact of environmental and human health.

She is an active member of the International Medical Geology Association and regularly reports on environmental matters in the media.


  • BSc (Hons), UNSW
  • PhD, James Cook University
  • Grad Dip Sci (Env Mang), Deakin
  • Grad Cert Edu(Tert Teach), FedUni

Teaching areas

  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Earth’s Living History
  • Field work
  • Final year Research Project

Extended research profile