After studying at UQ, graduate Karen Murphy developed a new career in archaeology and cultural heritage following several years working for Queensland Police. Developing an interest in heritage management and Queensland's historical archaeology during her BA degree, Karen went on to research the Commissariat Store site in Brisbane for her Honours program.
That interest was developed further in her PhD project, which focused on understanding the society and community at Cootharaba Mill near Noosa. Through survey, excavation and community archaeology, the social history of the site was rediscovered and the site is now a major heritage attraction in Queensland's Sunshine Coast region.
During study and after graduation Karen developed a broad suite of archaeological and heritage experience in positions with employers such as the Queensland Government, Queensland Museum and UQ. Karen is now Senior Historical Archaeologist for a major private consultancy firm.