Ms Monika Markowska

Research Scientist
Phone - +61 2 9717 9313
   
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Profile

Role at ANSTO

Monika joined ANSTO in 2011 as part of the graduate program. Her research at ANSTO is on developing and refining geochemical proxies from speleothems (cave deposits) to understand past environmental change. Palaeoclimate studies such as these provide crucial knowledge about past climate conditions and aid in the long-term management of Australia's limited water resources. These include using stable isotopes to understand variables such as rainfall and drought frequency and radioactive isotopes to construct chronological timescales. 


A particular interest area is constructing very high-resolution modern speleothem records to assess the mechanisms controlling speleothem growth and proxy records by comparing them to instrumental climate data. This has included extensive cave monitoring and focused on understanding the unsaturated zone karst hydrological controls affecting speleothem formation. This research has challenged our current understanding of oxygen-isotope proxy records, particularly in dryland regions, which regularly experience water deficits. This knowledge is an important precursor in using speleothems for palaeoclimate reconstruction applications. 


Her current projects are focused on the NSW Snowy Mountains, Wellington, 

NSW and Margaret River, SWWA.

 

Expertise

 

Oxygen stable isotopes, speleothems, cave, drip hydrology, karst, climate systems, paleoclimate.

 

Qualifications & Achievements

 

  • PhD Candidate UNSW Australia 2013-current
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons - 1st Class) University of New South Wales (2012)
  • Bachelor of Science (Env. Sc.) Murdoch University (2010)
  • Bachelor of Business (Property) University of South Australia (2006)
    • Organising Committee of Summer School on Speleothem Science, Oxford University 2015 http://s4-2015.earth.ox.ac.uk
    • Aus2k Travel award 2014
    • Best student Presentation ANZGG Conference 2012

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Selected publications

 

Markowska, M., Baker, A., Andersen M.S., Jex, C.N., Cuthbert, M.O., Rau, G.C., Graham, P.W., Rutlidge, H. Mariethoz, G., Marjo, C.E., Treble, P.C., Edwards, N. 2016. Semi-arid zone caves: Evaporation and hydrological controls on δ18O drip water composition and implications for speleothem paleoclimate reconstruction. Quaternary Science Reviews 131 (B); 285-301. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.024

 

Markowska, M., Baker, A., Treble, P.C., Andersen, M.S., Hankin, S., Jex, C.N., Tadros, C.V., Roach, R., 2015. Unsaturated zone hydrology and cave drip discharge water response: Implications for speleothem paleoclimate record variability. Journal of Hydrology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.044

 

Rutlidge H; Andersen MS; Baker A; Chinu KJ; Cuthbert MO; Jex CN; Marjo CE; Markowska M; Rau GC, 2015, 'Organic characterisation of cave drip water by LC-OCD and fluorescence analysis', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 166, pp. 15 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2015.05.042

 

Rau, G.C., Cuthbert, M.O., Andersen, M.S., Baker, A., Rutlidge, H., Markowska, M., Roshan, H., Marjo, C., Grahmam, P.W., Acworth R.I., 2015. Controls on cave drip water temperature and implications for speleothem-based paleoclimate reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews, 127:19-36. doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.03.026

 

K. Mahmud, G. Mariethoz, A. Baker, P. C. Treble, M. Markowska, and E. McGuire. 2015. Estimation of deep infiltration in unsaturated limestone environments using cave LiDAR and drip count data. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 12, 8891-8925. doi:10.5194/hessd-12-8891-2015, 2015.

 

Rutlidge H; Baker A; Marjo CE; Andersen MS; Graham PW; Cuthbert MO; Rau GC; Roshan H; Markowska M; Mariethoz G; Jex CN, 2014, 'Dripwater organic matter and trace element geochemistry in a semi-arid karst environment: Implications for speleothem paleoclimatology', Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol. 135, pp. 217 - 230, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2014.03.036 

 

Cuthbert MO; Rau GC; Andersen MS; Roshan H; Rutlidge H; Marjo CE; Markowska M; Jex CN; Graham PW; Mariethoz G; Acworth RI; Baker A, 2014, 'Evaporative cooling of speleothem drip water', Scientific Reports, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep05162

 

Baker A; Jex CN; Rutlidge H; Woltering M; Blyth AJ; Andersen MS; Cuthbert MO; Marjo CE; Markowska M; Rau GC; Khan SJ, 2016, 'An irrigation experiment to compare soil, water and speleothem tetraether membrane lipid distributions', Organic Geochemistry, vol. 94, pp. 12 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.01.005

 

Tadros, C. V., Treble, P. C., Baker, A., Fairchild, I., Hankin, S., Roach, R., Markowska, M., and McDonald, J.: ENSO – cave dripwater hydrochemical relationship: a 7-year dataset from SE Australia, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi:10.5194/hess-2016-201, in review, 2016.

 

Conference presentations

 

2015

Markowska, M., M., Baker, A., Andersen, M.S., Rutlidge, H., Jex, C., Cuthbert, M.O., Rau, G., Graham, P., Mariethoz, G.,  Marjo, C., Adler, L., Hua, Q., Treble, P., 2015. Paleo-aridity recorded in semi-arid climate speleothem. XIX INQUA 2015, NAGOYA, JAPAN 26 July -2 Aug, 2015.

 

Markowska, M., M., Baker, A., Andersen, M.S., Rutlidge, H., Jex, C., Cuthbert, M.O., Rau, G., Graham, P., Mariethoz, G.,  Marjo, C., Adler, L., Hua, Q., Treble, P., 2015. Paleo-aridity recorded in semi-arid climate speleothem. Summer School on Speleothem Science, Oxford, August 22-29.

 

Markowska, M., Baker, A., Andersen M.S., Jex, C.N., Cuthbert, M.O., Rau, G.C., Graham, P.W., Rutlidge, H. Mariethoz, G., Marjo, C.E., Treble, P.C., 2015. Cave monitoring to determine the controls on d18O from a modern speleothem record in semi-arid SE Australia. Oral at American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, Dec 13-17.

 

Mahmud, K., Mariethoz, G., Baker, A., Treble, P.C., Markowska, M., McGuire, L. 2015. Characterising Groundwater Recharge from Cave Terrestrial Lidar and Drip Water Analysis. Australian Groundwater Conference Canberra, Australia, Nov 3-5. p. 169.

 

Markowska, M., Baker, A., Andersen, M., Jex, C., Cuthbert, M., Rau, G., Graham, P., Rutlidge, H., Mariethoz, G., Marjo, C., Treble, P., Edwards, N., 2015. Cave monitoring to constrain the paleoclimate interpretation of δ18O proxy in speleothems from semi-arid areas. 13th Australasian Environmental Isotope Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8-10 July 2015, Programme and Abstracts, p. 68.

 

Markowska, M., Baker, A., Andersen M.S., Jex, C.N., Cuthbert, M.O., Rau, G.C., Graham, P.W., Rutlidge, H. Mariethoz, G., Hua, Q,. Marjo, C.E., Treble, P.C., 2015. Cave Stalagmites as recorders of past recharge frequency and changes in aridity. Australian Groundwater Conference, Canberra, Australia (3-5 November 2015). p. 170.

 

Baker, A., Treble, P.C., Andersen, M.S., Markowska, M., Coleborn, K., Flemons, I., Kempsey Speleological Society. 2015. Caves: observatories of Australia’s diffuse groundwater recharge history. Australian Groundwater Conference 2015 Abstracts, 204, Canberra, Nov 3-5.

 

Alison J Blyth, Andy Baker, Catherine N Jex, Martijn Woltering, Stuart J. Khan, Helen Rutlidge, Christopher E. Marjo, Monika Markowska, Gabriel Rau, Mark. O Cuhbert, Martin S. Andersen and Stefan Schouten (2015), Identifying the source of glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers preserved in speleothems, IMOG conference 2015  http://www.imog2015.org/

 

Rau, G.C., Cuthbert, M.O., Andersen, M.S., Baker, A., Rutlidge, H., Markowska, M., Roshan, H., Marjo, C.E., Graham, P.W., Acworth, R.I. 2015. What controls the cave drip water temperature? Analysis and implications for paleoclimate reconstruction from speleothems. Australian Groundwater Conference 2015 Abstracts, 171, Canberra, Nov 3-5.

 

Baker, A. Treble, P.C., Coleburn, K., Mahmud, K., Markowska, M., Flemons, I. 2015. Hundreds of automatic drip counters reveal infiltration water discharge characteristics in Australian caves. Poster at American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, Dec 13-17.

                 

 

2014

Rutlidge HT; Andersen MS; Graham PW; Cuthbert MO; Rau G; Roshan H; Markowska M; Marjo C; Baker A, (2014) Artificial infiltrations informing interpretation of trace element records in speleothems, presented at Climate Change: The Karst Record VII (KR7), University of Melbourne, 29 September - 3 October 2014.

 

Monika Markowska, Pauline C. Treble, Andy Baker, Martin S. Andersen, Carol V. Tadros, John Hellstrom, Stuart Hankin, Catherine N. Jex, Regina Roach (2014) Using karst unsaturated zone hydrology to inform speleothem choice for high resolution holocene palaeoclimate reconstructions. Oral presentation at the Karst Record 7 Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Tadros, C.V., Treble, P. C., Baker, A., Roach, R., Markowska, M., McDonald, J. (2014). Tracking the climate signal in stalagmite dripwaters from Harrie Wood Caves, SE Australia. Karst Record 7 International Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 

 

Monika Markowska, Pauline Treble, Andy Baker, Martin Andersen, Catherine N. Jex, Stuart Hankin, John Hellstrom, Carol V. Tadros, Regina Roach (2014) Drip hydrology to inform the reconstruction of 1-2 ka speleothems, Harrie Wood Cave, Yarrangobilly. Poster presentation Aus-2k meeting, Melbourne, Australia.

 

Monika Markowska, Pauline Treble, Andy Baker, Martin Andersen, Stuart Hankin, Regina Roach, John Hellstrom (2014) Drip hydrology monitoring in caves to inform stalagmite palaeoclimate records, Yarrangobilly, NSW. Oral Presentation AQUA, Mildura, Australia.

 

Monika Markowska, Andy Baker, Martin Andersen, Mark Cuthbert, Gabriel Rau, Helen Rutlidge, Chris Marjo, Catherine Jex, Hamid Roshan, Pauline Treble (2014) Where is all the water going? An artificial irrigation experiment in karst. Oral presentation at European Geophysical Union Conference, Vienna, Austria.

 

 

2013

Monika Markowska, Pauline C. Treble, Andy Baker, Martin S. Andersen. (2013) Monitoring exfitration water at Yarrangobilly Caves, NSW: Implications for past recharge and speleothem paleoclimate reconstructions. Oral presentation at the 40th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress 2013, Perth, WA, Australia.

 

Monika Markowska, Pauline C. Treble, Andy Baker, Martin S. Andersen. (2013) Drip hydrology of Harrie Wood Cave, Yarrangobilly, NSW: Implications for speleothem reconstructions. Poster presentation at the Summer School on Speleothem Science, Heidelberg, Germany.

 

Monika Markowska (2013) Speleothems for Paleo-climate Science. Invited oral presentation at the International Quaternary Science Association Early Career Meeting 2013, Wollongong, Australia.

 

Rutlidge H; Baker A; Marjo C; Andersen MS; Graham PW; Cuthbert MO; Rau GC; Roshan H; Markowska M; Kelloway S, 2013, 'Infiltration water organic matter and trace element geochemistry in a semi-arid karst environment: implications for speleothem paleoclimatology', presented at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 9 - 13 December 2013.

 

Andersen MS; Cuthbert CO; Rau GC; Roshan H; Rutlidge H; Marjo C; Markowska M; Graham PW; Baker A, (2013), 'A groundwater recharge experiment in karst: Wellington Caves, NSW,', presented at 40th IAH convention, Perth, WA, Australia, 15 - 20 September 2013.

 

Andersen MS; Cuthbert MO; Rau GC; Baker A; Roshan H; Rutlidge H; Marjo C; Markowska M; Graham PW, (2013), 'Drip-Water Temperatures in Caves: Surface Signals or Cave Processes? “ Implications for Speleothem Deposits and Paleoclimate Archives.', presented at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., 9 - 13 December 2013.

 

Cendón D.I., Meredith K., Hughes C.E., Hollins S.E., Currell M. Markowska M. (2013) Groundwater in southeast Australia: Links to recharge variations and past climates. IAH-Perth, Australia, 206.

 

2012

Monika Markowska, Andy Baker, Catherine N. Jex, Pauline Treble, Martin S. Andersen. (2012) Understanding Hydrological Flow in Karst to Improve Paleoclimate Modelling of Speleothems in SE Australia. Poster presented at the 39th International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress 2012, Niagara Falls, ON.

 

Markowska, M., Baker A., Jex, C., Treble, P.C., Anderson, M.S., Graham, P. (2012) Understanding Hydrological Flow in Karst to Improve Paleoclimate Modelling of Speleothems in SE Australia. Poster presented at the Annual Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (2012 Sydney, NSW, Australia.

 

Monika Markowska, Pauline C. Treble, Andy Baker, Carol V. Tadros, Stuart Hankin, Martin S Anderson, Janice McDonald, Regina Roach (2012) Field studies to characterise stalagmite records from Harrie Wood Cave, Yarrangobilly. Oral presntation at the Australian and New Zealand Geomorphology Conference (2012) Bundanoon, NSW, Australia.

 

Baker, A., Jex, C., Andersen, M., Graham, P., Markowska, M. (2012) Groundwater hydrogeochemistry in the unsaturated zone of a paleokarstified Devonian limestone, SE Australia. paper presented to the 39th International Association of Hydrogelogist Congress 2012. Niagara Falls, ON.

 

Cendon, D.I., Markowska, M., van der Ley, M., Hughes, C.E. (2012). Distribution and temporal variations in paleogroundwater on the Australian continent. Paper presented to the 39th International Association of Hydrogelogists Congress 2012. Niagara Falls, ON.