Kim Dowling completed her undergraduate studies in geology at UNSW. After working in Meekatharra, Western Australia in gold exploration, she completed a PhD at James Cook University focusing on geochemical characterization of gold bearing quartz vein systems. Subsequently, Kim worked at the University of Papua New Guinea teaching applied geochemistry and mineral deposit geology after which she moved to the University of Melbourne and University of Adelaide to investigate meteorite impacts and geochemistry. Kim then moved to University of Ballarat where she held numerous teaching, research, and leadership roles, before joining RMIT University.
Her ongoing engagement to the mining sector exposed her to some of the best as well as worst environmental practice, and she works to achieve sustainable mining and best environmental practice. She has completed further studies in Environmental Management (Deakin University) and Tertiary Teaching (Federation University).
Her research interests – focused strongly on the broad field of Medical Geology – extend into environmental and human health and the meaningful dissemination of environmental information. She member of the International Medical Geology Association.