DR Matthew Cupper

DR Matthew Cupper


  • Archaeology
  • Environments of the Earth's recent geological past
  • Palaeoecology
  • Quaternary Geology



  • Dr Matt Cupper has a wide background in the sciences and humanities, with degrees in archaeology and classical history, geology and botany from the University of Melbourne.

    Matt's particular area of expertise is the interaction of Aboriginal people and arid ecosystems in the interior of Australia.

    Current collaborative research projects include investigating the geomorphic contexts and ages of extinct megamarsupial fossil localities at Keilor (with Tim Stone, The University of Melbourne), Lancefield (with Joe Dortch, The University of Western Australia, and Rainer Grün, The Australian National University), Menindee (with Jacqui Duncan, La Trobe University) and in recently discovered caves on the Nullarbor Plain (with Gavin Prideaux, Flinders University). Matt has also dated several early human occupation sites in the Murray-Darling Basin including at Kow Swamp and in the Menindee and Willandra Lakes. He is involved in a number of projects examining Late Pleistocene coastal sandplain and shoreline sequences including those of the Pacific rim in southeastern Australia, New Zealand and Central and Southern America.   


Member of

  • Oxford University Centre for the Environment. Honorary Research Associate 2016 - 2018
  • Australasian Quaternary Association. Public Officer 1998 - 2014


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc(Hons), University of Melbourne 1998
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1997