Jeffrey Stilwell

Assoc Professor

1988 …2019
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Jeff Stilwell works in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University as an Associate Professor and is the Second and Third Year Coordinator

PhD (University of Otago), MSc (Purdue University), BSc (Purdue University)

Applied Palaeontology and Basin Studies

Jeff's current research embraces the integration of palaeontological data in and 'picture science', especially the potential to employ applied palaeontology methods in deciphering ancient greenhouse earth systems and their petroleum prospectivity and predictability. Jeff is particularly interested in south polar greenhouse earth ecosystems with current projects in Antarctica, New Zealand-Chatham Islands and Australia. He leads several large research teams as CI1 (including many associates and graduate students), relating to the first fossiliferous amber from Southern Gondwana with the Australian Research Council (ARC-DP1412515) and industry work with a portfolio of companies, including Shell International that represents multi-million dollar frontier exploration wells in Brazil (chief investigator of well studies) and projects with RMA West Linapacan, Karoon Gas, Cue Energy, Benaris Group, Origin Energy, and Shell Australia - all with significant impacts.


  • Applied Palaeontology and Basin Studies
  • Mesozoic-Cenozoic
  • Cretaceous
  • Paleogene
  • Gondwana
  • Evolutionary Patterns
  • Invertebrates
  • Phanerozoic
  • History of geology
  • ancient Greenhouse Earth

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Projects 2004 2018

Research Output 1988 2019

Juvenile snail with preserved soft tissue in mid-Cretaceous amber from Myanmar suggests a cyclophoroidean (Gastropoda) ancestry

Xing, L., Ross, A. J., Stilwell, J. D., Fang, J. & McKellar, R. C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Cretaceous Research. 93, p. 114-119 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Palaeobiogeographic and tectonic significance of mid-Cretaceous invertebrate taxa from Batavia Knoll, eastern Indian Ocean

Wild, T. J. & Stilwell, J. D., 15 May 2019, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 522, p. 89-97 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Neutron tomography of Austrosequoia novae-zeelandiae comb. nov. (Late Cretaceous, Chatham Islands, New Zealand): implications for Sequoioideae phylogeny and biogeography

Mays, C., Cantrill, D. J., Stilwell, J. D. & Bevitt, J., 2018, In : Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 16, 7, p. 551–570 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Paleoenvironmental interpretatin of Turritelline gastropod-dominate assemblages (TDAs) from the La Meseta formation (middle to upper Eocene), Seymour Island, Antarctica

Khan, T. M., Anderson, B. M., Allmon, W. D. & Stilwell, J. D., 2018. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractOther

Open Access

Taphonomy and chemotaxonomy of Eocene amber from southeastern Australia

Coward, A. J., Mays, C., Patti, A. F., Stilwell, J. D., O'Dell, L. A. & Viegas, P., 1 Apr 2018, In : Organic Geochemistry. 118, p. 103-115 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Major fossil find sheds new light on the life a 100 million-year-old snail

Jeffrey Stilwell


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Exclusive: Stunning snail found in dinosaur-era amber

Lida Xing, Jeffrey Stilwell & Andrew Ross


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature