Dr Espen Knutsen

Dr Espen Knutsen is Senior Curator Palaeontology at the Queensland Museum Network, based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland campus in Townsville.  His position is co-appointed with the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. 

Originally from Norway, Espen completed his PhD at the University of Oslo in 2012.

He is a vertebrate palaeontologist, that over the past 12 years has conducted pioneering fieldwork and excavations in Australia, the Arctic, The Netherlands and USA . He has described five new species of Jurassic marine reptiles, and was part of an international multidisciplinary research team studying a newly discovered Jurassic marine ecosystem from the high-arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norway.

The process and results of this pioneering project were featured in two TV documentaries - National Geographic's Death of a Sea Monster and History Channel/BBC's Predator X.

 

He has a special interest in the diversity, evolution and ecology of Mesozoic reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and dinosaurs. Current projects, involving fieldwork throughout Australia for the Australian Mesozoic Tetrapod Project, aim to fill significant gaps in our knowledge and understanding of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous vertebrate fauna in the southern hemisphere 

Twitter @espenkn80

 

Research Publications

Hammer Ø, Hryniewicz K, Hurum J, Høyberget M, Knutsen E and Nakrem H (2013) Large onychites (cephalopod hooks) from the Upper Jurassic of the Boreal Realm. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 58 (4). pp. 827-835

Druckenmiller P and Knutsen E (2012) Phylogenetic relationships of Upper Jurassic (Middle Volgian) plesiosaurians (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Agardhfjellet Formation of central Spitsbergen, Norway.Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 277-284

Druckenmiller P, Hurum J and Knutsen E (2012) Two new ophthalmosaurids (Reptilia: Ichthyosauria) from the Agardhfjellet Formation (Upper Jurassic: Volgian/Tithonian), Svalbard, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 311-339

Hurum J, Nakrem H, Hammer Ø, Knutsen E, Druckenmiller P, Hryniewicz K and Novis L (2012) An arctic lagerstätte – the slottsmøya member of the Agardhfjellet formation (Upper Jurassic – Lower Cretaceous) of Spitsbergen. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 55-64

Knutsen E (2012) A taxonomic revision of the genus Pliosaurus (Owen, 1841a) Owen, 1841b. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 259-276

Knutsen E, Druckenmiller P and Hurum J (2012) A new species of Pliosaurus (Sauropterygia: Plesiosauria) from the Middle Volgian of central Spitsbergen, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 235-258

Knutsen E, Druckenmiller P and Hurum J (2012) A new Plesiosauroid (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Agardhfjellet Formation (Middle Volgian) of central Spitsbergen, Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 213-234

Knutsen E, Druckenmiller P and Hurum J (2012) Two new species of long-necked plesiosaurians (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Upper Jurassic (Middle Volgian) Agardhfjellet Formation of central Spitsbergen.Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 187-212

Knutsen E, Hurum J and Druckenmiller P (2012) Redescription and taxonomic clarification of 'Tricleidus' svalbardensis based on new material from the Agardhfjellet Formation (Middle Volgian). Norwegian Journal of Geology, 92. pp. 175-186

Hammer Ø, Nakrem H, Little C, Hryniewicz K, Sandy M, Hurum J, Druckenmiller P, Knutsen E and Høyberget M (2011) Hydrocarbon seeps from close to the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary, Svalbard. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 306 (1-2). pp. 15-26 

Position

Senior Curator of Palaeontology