Jeffrey Stilwell

Assoc Professor

1988 …2020

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Personal profile


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.

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output

Amber reveals ancient portals into the Triassic to Paleogene terrestrial worlds of Australia and New Zealand

Stilwell, J., Langendam, A., Mays, C., Sutherland, L., Arillo, A., Bickel, D. J., de Silva, W. T., Pentland, A. H., Roghi, G., Price, G. D., Cantrill, D. J., Quinney, A. E. & Peñalver, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Scientific Reports. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

F53427–F53433: macrofossils from the Maxicar beds, southern Perth Basin

Martin, S. K. & Stilwell, J., 14 Feb 2020, Perth WA Australia: Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA). 7 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportOther

Open Access

Amber: A paleontologist's window into the past discovering 100 million year old treasures

Stilwell, J., 2019, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Non-textual formAudio / Visual RecordingOther

Open Access

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., 2019, In : Cretaceous Research. 93, p. 114-119 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)

Late Triassic to early Paleogene Fossiliferous Ambers of Australia reveal ancient windows into Southern Pangean and Gondwanan terrestrial worlds

Stilwell, J., Peñalver, E., Mays, C., Sutherland, L., Arillo, A., Bickel, D., Cantrill, D. J., Schmidt, A., Price, G., Walker, K. & Langendam, A., 2019. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access

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