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Palaeontology and Basin Studies embrace the study of life preserved in a myriad sediments on Earth through 'deep time' by integrating geologic and palaeontologic data in 'big picture science' to explore ancient ecosystems and environments.

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This dynamic group of researchers and students focuses on a diversity of global projects from petroleum industry endeavours, to ancient Australian amber, to polar greenhouse Earth biotas and environments, including long-term research in Antarctica and Chatham Islands ('Zealandia').

The Palaeontology and Basin Studies groups conduct research in the following:

If you are interested in palaeontology and want to know more, please also consider the Palaeontology research Volunteer Program. This is Australia's largest fossil preparation undergraduate volunteer program. We focus on a range of fossil material from prehistoric localities from both Australia and New Zealand. The fossils include amber, vertebrates, invertebrates and plants.

Palaeontology and Basin Studies Group

Current Projects PhD, MSc and Honours Students

Ms Shannon Herley (PhD) – ‘The effects of a transitional tectonic environment on sedimentation processes in the Late Cretaceous, southeastern Australia’.
  Mr Toban Wild (PhD) – ‘Keystones in East Gondwana breakup: palaeontology and provenance of sedimentary strata from Batavia and Gulden Draak knolls, Perth Abyssal Plain, e astern Indian Ocean’

Ms Prudence Perry (PhD) – ‘Provenance and chronology of Early Cretaceous syn-rift sediments from the Gippsland Basin, Victoria’.

Mr Andrew Coward (Honours, 2016, mid-year)—‘Taphonomy and chemotaxonomy of fossil-rich Eocene amber from southeastern Australia’.

Recently Completed

Mr Peter Trusler (PhD, completed 2016) – ‘New insights into Palorchestes

Mr James Driscoll (PhD, completed 2016) – ‘Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician sediments, northern Tasmania: An Analogue for the Development of Clastic Reservoirs’

Mr David Briguglio (PhD, completed 2015) – ‘Structural and Stratigraphic Evolution of the Onshore Otway Basin, Western Victoria’.

Mr David Elliott (PhD, completed 2015) – ‘Systematics and palaeoenvironments of the Ediacaran fauna’.

Ms Annie Quinney (PhD, completed 2015) – ‘Diversity of inclusions in Late Cretaceous amber from the Otway Basin, Australia’. This discovery is significant not only because amber is extremely rare in Australia, but this is also the oldest amber found in Australia. Furthermore,            it            has            the            potential            to preserve high latitude flora and fauna from a time period in which little is known due to a poor fossil record.

Mr Andrew (Drew) Giles (Honours H1 result, June 2015)—‘Microfossil biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental assessment of Upper Cretaceous strata, Humps Island, Antarctica: Evidence for a polar greenhouse’.

Ms Hannah Carle (Honours, 2015)—‘Mid-Cretaceous floral assemblages from a south polar greenhouse, Tupuangi Formation, Chatham Islands, Zealandia’.

Ms Adele Pentland (Honours, 2015)—‘Paleogene bioinclusions in amber from the Eastern View Group, southeastern Australia.

Mr Hamed Aghaei (PhD, completed 2014) – ‘The Structural, Stratigraphic and Hydrocarbon Potential Evolution of the Onshore Gippsland Basin, Victoria, Australia’.

Mr Amir Mahmud (PhD, completed 2014) – ‘Basin Evolution of Upper Cambrian-Ordovician Sediments in the West Coast Range of Tasmania’.

Ms Alana Sharp (PhD, completed 2014) – ‘Cranial form and function of the largest ever marsupial, Diprotodon optatum: a comparative finite element analysis’.

Mr Conor McLaren (Honours H1 result, highest mark of 2014=90, Dec. 2014)—‘An assessment of the petroleum prospectivity of a Lower Miocene calciturbidite play: the West Linapacan B Structure, Northwest Palawan Basin, Philippines’

Mr Mitchell O’Mara (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2014)—‘Calciturbidite heterogeneity of the West Linapacan A Field, Philippines: an investigation of reservoir architecture and continuity through the use of high-resolution biostratigraphy and well correlation’.

Mr Toban Wild (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2014)—‘The life and times of Batavia Knoll, Perth Abyssal Plain: new palaeontological insights into East Gondwana breakup during the mid-Cretaceous’

Ms Elyse Butterfield (Honours H2A result, Dec. 2014)—‘Biostratigraphy and floral ecology of the mid-Cretaceous Winton Formation, Eromanga Basin, Queensland’.

Mr Will De Silva (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2014)—‘Sub-polar fossiliferous amber from the Lower Eocene Macquarie Harbour Formation, Strahan, Tasmania: taxonomic composition and palaeoenvironmental assessment’.

Mr Kevin Chen (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2013)—‘Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula in the Early Cretaceous: interpretations from the Walker Bay Erratics’.

Mr Jesse Vitacca (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2013)—‘Palaeoenvironmental evolution of the Mahakam Delta sequences of the Kutei Basin, Indonesia: employing biostratigraphy and basin analysis techniques’.

Ms Prudence Perry (Honours H1 result, Dec. 2013)—‘Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the Cenozoic Mahakam Delta, Indonesia: characterisation of palynofacies and their associations using organic matter and marine microfossil assemblages’.

Associate Professor Jeffrey D. Stilwell Grants and Awards

Total Grants to from 1996 to 2015: >$2.53million plus substantial in-kind (includes total ARC awarded funding of >$1.57 million)

2014-17(18) (CI1) Australian Research Council Discovery Projects (ARC-DP1412515; JDS CI1 and administered through Monash), The first Mesozoic fossiliferous amber from Southern Gondwana: an ancient portal into an Australian polar greenhouse ($269,000 plus on-costs)

2015 ANSTO Bragg Institute Neutron Beam Instrument Proposal P4367, Round 2015-2 Neutron, ‘Earliest Fossiliferous Amber and Associated Plants from the Late Cretaceous–early Paleogene South Polar Greenhouse of Australia and Chatham Islands’ ($34,500)

2015 Karoon Gas Support Grant for PhD research on rift settings in petroleum systems ($20,000)

2015 School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Allocation Fund support grant ($8,360)

2014-17 University of Tasmania, Applied Palaeontology of Sedimentary Rocks from the Batavia and Gulden Draak Knoll, Honours and PhD research support ($40,120 plus in-kind contributions)

2013 School of Geosciences Research Initiatives grant ($5,730)

2014- Australian Research Council LIEF (ARC-LE140100047), Australian Membership of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Stilwell (CI) with Schellart, W, Arculus, R, Rohling, E, Roberts, A, Exon, N, Yeats, C, O'Reilly, S, George, S, Muller, D, Aitchison, J, Webster, J, Coffin, M, Vasconcelos, P, Welsh, K, McCuaig, T, George, A, Skilbeck, C, Baxter, A, Hergt, J, Gallagher, S, Fergusson, C, Sloss, C, Heap, A, Stilwell, J, Foden, J, Kershaw, A, Howard, W, Clennell, M, Daniell, J, Collins, L.

2013-15 RMA West Linapacan Pte Ltd, Miocene Biostratigraphic Zonation and Palaeoenvironments of West Linacapan Field, NW Palawan Basin, Philippines ($150,000 plus in-kind contributions)

2013 School of Geosciences Research Initiatives grant ($6,554)

2012 Monash University Faculty of Science Teaching Award Commendation from Dean of Science (15/05) ($2000)

2012 School of Geosciences Research Initiatives grant ($10,648)

2012 (CI1) Cue Energy ‘Biostratigraphic Zonation and Palaeoenvironments of Naga Utara-1 and Naga Salatan-1 wells, Mahakam Hilir PSC, Kutei Basin, Indonesia’ ($30,674 plus in-kind contributions)

2011-14 (Sole CI) Australian Research Council Linkage grant ARC-LP0989518, ‘A Refined Chronostratigraphic and Palaeoenvironmental Framework for pre-Salt Brazilian Core Basins’ ($470,000 awarded, $312,232 received; plus $150,000 in-kind funding)

2011-12 (Co-CI) Australian Synchrotron Project EU4684, IMBL, ‘First Fossiliferous Mesozoic Amber in Australia’, Round 2011/3_EU [6 days of IMBL awarded October 2011]; travel grant awarded 23/03/2012 for beam line time at ESRF (Grenoble, France)

2011 (Sole CI) Origin Energy, ‘Palaeoichnology of Otway Basin petroleum wells’ ($25,000)

2011 (Sole CI) Cue Energy, ‘Deformation Along the Taranaki Fault System: Regional Structural Framework of the Taranaki Fault System and Associated Hydrocarbon Plays Derived from Seismic Data, Well-log Data and Field Mapping’ ($15,000 plus field costs)

2011 Monash University Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration—Commendation Award ($2,000)

2011 Monash University Research Initiatives funding ($12,000)

2010-11 (Sole CI) Benaris Petroleum N.V., ‘Stratigraphic architecture of the Bass Basin—a detailed synthesis employing integrated basin architecture and applied palaeontology studies’ ($60,000; plus $25,000 in-kind funding).

2010-11 (Stilwell as Collaborator; Julia Clarke, CI1) National Science Foundation, ‘Wings to Flippers...’ ($10,000, plus in-kind funding).

2009 (Sole CI) Geoscience Australia, Applied Palaeontology Studies of the Wallaby Plateau ($3000)

2008-2011 (CI1) Shell International Exploration and Production, Inc., Biostratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the pre-Salt Section, Brazilian Core Basins ($405,182)

2008 (Sole CI) Shell Australia, Palaeontology of the Fortissimo-1 Well, Browse Basin, North-West Shelf ($5,000)

2008-2012 (Co-CI) Australian Research Council LIEF (ARC-LE0882854) grant with 20 others (Prof. Richard Arculus, CI1), including Arculus, R, De Deckker, P, Exon, N, Barley, M, Brocks, J, Clennell, M, Cooper, A, Dodson, J, Drysdale, R, Fergusson, C, Hergt, J, Howard, W, Kershaw, A, McCuaig, T, Muller, R, Poiner, I, O'Reilly, S, Webster, J, Yeats, C, Vasconcelos, P, Stilwell, J, Membership of the Integrated Oceanic Drilling Program (IODP) ($6,000,000 - infrastructure only)

2007-2008 Monash LPAS (Sole CI) and Bridging $ for ARC (Co-CI) Grants (total $21,000)

2008 Invited lecture, Shell International, The Hague, on Cretaceous Greenhouse Earth palaeoenvironments

2007 (CI1) National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant—3rd Season on Chatham Islands ($23,000)

2007 (Sole CI) Shell International Exploration and Production, Inc. Project, “Cretaceous Taxonomic Atlas of Marker Species and Biostratigraphic Review of Brazil Core Basins” ($61,394)

2006 (Sole CI) New Zealand Geographic Magazine Grant for fossil preparation of a Chatham Islands articulated, terrestrial vertebrates (avian and non-avian theropods) from the latest Cretaceous-earliest Paleogene (the first known from the New Zealand-Chathams region, discovered by JDS and his team, Feb. 2006), and other fossil material ($10,013)

2006 Guest lecture, Australian Museum, “New Discoveries on the Chatham Islands, Southwest Pacific”, detailing the first reported fossil birds (partial skeletons) and dinosaur remains from the Cretaceous of the New Zealand region

2006 Monash University LPAS scheme grant ($3000)

2006 Monash University Research Initiatives and Small grant ($2,850)

2006 National Science Museum (Tokyo) & The Asahi Shimbun for Antarctic Exhibition (loan of fossils from JDS Antarctic fossil collection) (US$5,000 (~A$7,000)

2005-2007 UNESCO IGCP grant as Leader, ‘Dawn of the Danian’: Post K-T boundary Austral Survivorship and Recovery in a Brave New World (US$9,000)

2005 (CI1) National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant—2nd Season on Chatham Islands ($21,254)

2004 Guest Scientist, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde, and invited lecture “Composition and biodiversity patterns of Cretaceous and Tertiary Austral Mollusca” (05/04) ($3,000)

2004 Keynote addresses, “Hoosier Boy Turned Palaeontologist Down Under”, Primary Science Innovations Conference, Brisbane (03/04) and Rockhampton District Science Forum (07/04)

2004 (CI1) National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration Grant for Chatham Islands ($26,110)

2004 Monash University Publications Grants Committee and Monash Research Fund Grants (total $13,000)

2004 Monash Faculty of Science Research and Teaching Fellowship, one of only two awarded in the Faculty for 2004

2004-2006 Monash University Small Grant

2003 Monash University Research Support (total $40,000)

2002-2003 (Sole CI) James Cook University Merit Research Grant and Seed grants (total $42,000)

2000-2001 (Sole CI) James Cook University Merit Research grants (total $22,946)

1999-2004 (Sole CI) Australian Research Council Fellowship (ARF-F39933007) (total $378,722)

1999-2004 Australian Research Council Fellowship Research Support Grant ($35,000)

1999-2001 (as Co-CI) Australian Research Council Large Grant ($170,000)

1997-1999 (Sole CI) Australian Research Council Small Grant ($30,000)

*1998-2002 School of Earth Sciences, JCU, grant for publications and research quantum

1997 Travel grant, Department of Industry, Science and Tourism, Canberra, Australia, for research in India ($2,000)

1997 School of Earth Sciences, James Cook University, grant for publications

1996-1999 Australian Research Council Research Support grant ($18,000)

1996-2004 Australian Research Council Fellowship Salary grants and On-costs ($600,000+)

1996 Travel grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Congreso Paleogeno de America del Sur y Antartida, Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina (US$3,000)

1996 Grant for publication of book, “Paleobiology and Paleoenvironments of Eocene Rocks, McMurdo Sound, East Antarctica”, by American Geophysical Union, Washington D. C., for Antarctic Research Series (book published in 2000 as ARS vol. 76; approximate cost of publication, US$50,000)

Selected Publications:

Stilwell, J.D.,Vitacca, J., and Mays, C.In review.South Polar greenhouse insects (Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera) from the mid-Cretaceous Tupuangi Formation, eastern Zealandia. Alcheringa.

Stilwell, J. D. In press (due out Oct. 2015). 'Of Terrible Lizards and Marine Monsters: the Discovery of Dinosaurs, Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs on the Chatham Islands and their scientific significance'. Part I. Marine Reptiles. In Armitage, D., True Tales of the Chatham Islands.

Stilwell, J. D. In press (due out Oct. 2015).'Of Terrible Lizards and Marine Monsters: the Discovery of Dinosaurs, Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs on the Chatham Islands and their scientific significance'. Part II. Theropod dinosaurs and Aves. In Armitage, D., True Tales of the Chatham Islands.

Mays, C. In press (due out Oct. 2015).The Blind-spot in the Hand Lens. . In Armitage, D., True Tales of the Chatham Islands.

Mays, C., Steinthorsdottir, M. & Stilwell, J. D. 2015. Climatic implications of Ginkgoites waarrensis Douglas emend. from the south polar Tupuangi flora, Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian), Chatham Islands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 438, 308-326.

Chen, K., Stilwell, J. D. & Mays, C. In press (2015). Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula in the Early Cretaceous: Interpretations from Walker Bay Erratics. Alcheringa 39, 12 pages.

Stilwell, J. D. Accepted 16/01/2015.Zealandia’s oldest volutes (Mollusca: Gastropoda) form the early Paleogene of South Island and Chatham Islands—post Gondwana break-up and evolutionary divergence. Journal of Paleontology.

Mays, C., 2015. Frozen in Stone: The Polar Forests of Zealandia. Australian Age of Dinosaurs Journal, 12: 52–65.

Thompson, D. L., Stilwell, J. D.and Hall, W. M. 2015.Lacustrine carbonate reservoirs from Early Cretaceous rift lakes of Western Gondwana: Pre-Salt coquinas of Brazil and West Africa. Gondwana Research, 28, 26-51.

Mays, C., Tosolini, A-M, P., Cantrill, D. J., Stilwell, J., D. 2015.Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian-Turonian) macroflora from the Chatham Islands, New Zealand: Bryophytes, Lycophytes and Pteridophytes. Gondwana Research, 27, 1042-1060.

Sorrentino-Mariconda, L., Stilwell, J. D. and Mays, C. 2014.A model of tephra dispersal from an early Palaeogene shallow submarine Surtseyan-style eruption(s), the Red Bluff Tuff Formation, Chatham Island, New Zealand. Sedimentary Geology 300, (2014) 86–102

Stilwell, J. D. 2014.Expansion of the rare trochid Calliovarica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) into eastern Zealandian waters during the late Paleocene-early Eocene thermal event. Alcheringa 38, 239-244.

Briguglio, D., Kowalczyk, J., Stilwell, J. D., Hall, M. and Coffa, A. 2013. Detailed paleogeographic evolution of the Bass Basin: Late Cretaceous to present. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 60, 719-734.

Mays, C. & Stilwell, J.D. 2013. Pollen and spore biostratigraphy of the mid-Cretaceous Tupuangi Formation, Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Review of Palynology and Palaeobotany 192,79-102.

Mays, C., 2015. A Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Turonian) south polar palynoflora from the Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Memoirs of the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, 47, 1–92.

Quinney, A., Mays, C., Stilwell, J., Zelenitsky, D., and Therrien, F., Accepted 12/14.  The range of bioinclusions and pseudoinclusions preserved in a new Turonian (~90 Ma) amber deposit from southern Australia. PLOS One, 10(5): e0121307. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0121307 [19 pages].

Viegas P.A., Benton M.J., 2014. The Bristol Dinosaur Project – A Conservation and Preparation Overview. Journal of Paleontological Techniques 13, 50-64.

Foffa D., Whiteside D.I., Viegas P.A., Benton M.J., 2014. Vertebrates from the Late Triassic Thecodontosaurus-bearing rocks of Durdham Down, Clifton (Bristol, UK). Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 125, 317–328.

Van den Berg T., Whiteside D.I., Viegas P., Schouten R., Benton M. J., 2012. The Late Triassic microvertebrate fauna of Tytherington. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association 123 (4) 638-648.

Mays, C. and Stilwell, J.D. 2013. Pollen and spore biostratigraphy of the mid Cretaceous Tupuangi Formation, Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Review of Palynology and Palaeobotany 192, 79-102.

Stilwell, J. D.and Håkansson, E. 2012. Survival, but…!: new tales of ‘Dead Clade Walking’ from Austral and Boreal post-K-T Danian assemblages, pp. 795-810. In Talent, JA (ed.), Earth and Life, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations through Time. Springer Science and Media, Dordrecht, i-xxxviii + 1-1102 pp.

Mays, C. M., and Stilwell, J.D. 2012.Judging an acritarch by its cover: taxonomic implications of Introvertocystis rangiaotensis gen. et sp. nov. from the Cenomanian to Turonian, Chatham Islands, New Zealand. Palynology 36(2), 180-190., 1-11.

Stilwell, J. D.,Quilty, P.G., and Mantle, D. J. 2012.Paleontology of Early Cretaceous deep-water samples dredged from the Wallaby Plateau: new perspectives of Gondwana break-up along the Western Australian margin. Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 59, 29-49.

Stilwell, J. D.and Consoli, C. P. 2012. Tectono-stratigraphic history of the Chatham Islands, SW Pacific—the emergence, flooding and reappearance of eastern ‘Zealandia’. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association (UK) 123(1), 170-181. [invited paper]

Feldmann, R.M., and Stilwell, J.D. 2012.A new glypheid lobster from the Upper Cretaceous Maungataniwha Sandstone, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Journal of Paleontology 86(1), 1146-1148.

Stilwell, J.D.,Dixon, M., Lehner, B., and Gamarra, S. 2011.Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary ammonite Blanfordiceras (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) from the Fortissimo-1 wildcat well, Browse Basin, Northwest Shelf, Australia. Journal of Paleontology 85(3), 551-554.

Sorrentino, L., Cas, R.A.F., and Stilwell, J.D. 2011. Evolution and facies architecture of Paleogene Surtseyan volcanoes on Chatham Islands, New Zealand, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 202, 1-21.

Consoli, C. J., and Stilwell, J. D. 2011.  The palaeontology of the Chatham Islands, SW Pacific—a review. Alcheringa 35(2), 285-301 [Cretaceous-Paleogene thematic issue, invited paper].

Stilwell, J. D., and Long, J.A. 2011. Frozen in Time: Prehistoric Life in Antarctica. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 248 p. [book]

Thompson, D. L., and Stilwell, J.D. 2010.Aptian (Early Cretaceous) freshwater bivalves from the Australian-Antarctic rift, Southeast Victoria. Alcheringa 34, 345-357.[Special issue on Australasian Cretaceous].

Industry Reports

Stilwell, J. D. 2015.Before the Ice. New fossil discoveries are revealing the steamy side of ancient polar environments. The Expeditioner—Aurora Expeditions Newsletter Jan. 2015, p. 3.

McLaren, C., O’Mara, M., Stilwell, J. D.,Hall, M., and van Gorsel, H. 2014.Biostratigraphy of the West Linapacan A Field, Northwest Palawan Basin, Philippines. 14 pages plus attachments (figures, charts, etc.)

Vitacca, J.J., Perry, P.V., Stilwell, J. D.,Mays, C. 2013.Assessment of Naga Utara-1, Mahakam Delta, Indonesia, using applied palaeontology and basin studies techniques: developing a biostratigraphic framework and reconstructing palaeoenvironments using microfossil assemblages. Unpublished confidential Cue Energy Resources Ltd. well report. 112 pages.

Fox, M. J., Stilwell, J.D. and Hall, W.M. 2012.Hydrocarbon Generating Facies of the Kutei Basin, Indonesia—assessment of frontier exploration wells employing applied palaeontology and basin studies techniques. Unpublished confidential Cue Energy Resources Ltd. well report. 31 pages.

Stilwell, J., Partridge, A., Poropat, S, Bate, R., and Hall, M. 2012. Biostratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Gato do Mato well, Santos Basin. Unpublished confidential Shell International-Monash University well report. 30 pages plus figures/charts.

Stilwell, J., Poropat, S., and Hall, M. 2012.Biostratigraphic and Palaeoenvironmental Synthesis of Frontier Exploration Wells, Santos and Campos basins.  Unpublished confidential Shell International-Monash University report.

Cox, S., Herley, S., Stilwell, J., Hall, M., and Tait, A. 2011. Investigation of Cretaceous palaeoenvironments utilizing basin studies and applied ichnology within the offshore Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia. Unpublished Origin Energy-Monash University report.

Stilwell, J., Hall, M., Partridge, A., Poropat, S., and Grey, K. 2010.Biostratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Taquari well, Santos Basin. Unpublished confidential Shell International-Monash University well report.

Briguglio, D., Kowalczyk, J., Partridge, A., Stilwell, J., Hall, M., and Coffa, A. 2010.Stratigraphic architecture of the Bass Basin, Australia. Unpublished confidential Benaris Group-Monash University report.

Stilwell, J., Hall, M., Partridge, A., Poropat, S., Grey, K., & Cas, R. 2009. Biostratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Bem-Te-Vi well, Santos Basin. Unpublished confidential Shell International-Monash University well report.

Stilwell, J., Hall, M., Partridge, A., & Poropat, S. 2009. Biostratigraphy and Palaeoenvironments of the Azulão East well, Campos Basin. Unpublished confidential Shell International-Monash University well report.

Stilwell, J. D. 2009. Macropalaeontological analysis of Wallaby Plateau assemblages. Unpublished confidential report for Geoscience Australia (published 2012 in Australian Journal of Earth Sciences).

Stilwell, J. D. (with Dave Hansford), 2008. Dino-era seabird fossils found in New Zealand. National Geographic Society News report.

Stilwell, J. D., 2008. Palaeontology of the Fortissimo-1 Well, Browse Basin, North-West Shelf. Unpublished confidential report for Shell Australia (now published in Journal of Paleontology (2011)).

Published Conference Abstracts

O’Mara, M. and co-authors (including J. D. Stilwell). 2015. The role of high-resolution biostratigraphy in the delineation of reservoir architecture and the potential use of calcareous foraminifera in identifying system tracts. 31st IAS Meeting of Sedimentology scheduled from 22nd to 25th of June 2015, Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland).

Whittaker, J. and co-authors (including J. D Stilwell). 2015.Constraining the Tectonic Evolution of the Perth Abyssal Plain.  Theme 4: Offshore Western Australia.  AAPG meeting 13-16th Sept. 2015, Melbourne.

Cantrill, D.J. and co-authors (including J. D. Stilwell and C. Mays). 2014.New fossil floras from the southwest Pacific implications for Gondwana biogeography. Conference: EPPC European Paleobotany and Palynology Conference, At Padova, Italy.

Mays, C., Tosolini, A.-M.P., Cantrill, D.J., and Stilwell, J. D. 2014.Fossil flora of the Chatham Islands, eastern Zealandia: A window into the forest biome of the mid-Cretaceous South Pole. Symposium 11. Cretaceous-Tertiary palaeobiogeographic connections with Antarctica. 4th International Palaeontological Congress (IPC), Centro Cientifico Tecnológico CONICET Mendoza 28th September to 3rd October 2014.

Stilwell, J.D., Consoli, C.P., and Clarke, J.A. 2009.High-latitude Austral fauna and flora from the uppermost Cretaceous-lowermost Paleogene Takatika Grit, remote Chatham Islands, SW Pacific: the emergence and flooding of ‘Zealandia’, pp. 117-118. 8th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System, Plymouth, England, 6th to 12th September 2009, Abstracts and Proceedings (ed. Malcolm B. Hart).

Mays, C., Stilwell, J.D., and Hall, M. 2009.Mid-Cretaceous South Polar Palaeoenvironments and Eastern Gondwanan rifting (~80°S): new data and insights from the Tupuangi Formation, Chatham Islands, Southwest Pacific, p. 138. 8th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System, Plymouth, England, 6th to 12th September 2009, Abstracts and Proceedings (ed. Malcolm B. Hart).

Stilwell, J.D., Hope, S., and Consoli, C.P. 2008.Origins of post-K-Pg Danian macroinvertebrates and vertebrates from the southern high latitudes: new data from Antarctica and New Zealand-Chatham Islands. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo, Norway, August 2008, Abstracts and Proceedings (Convener of Symposium on Danian).

Sorrentino-Mariconda, L., Cas, R.A.F., and Stilwell, J.D. 2008.Evolution of Paleogene Surtseyan volcanoes, primary eruption processes and post-eruptive bioclastic sedimentation, Chatham Island, New Zealand. IAVCEI, Iceland, Abstracts p. 74.