Espen Knutsen

Espen in the field during excavations in the ArcticThe fossilised limb bones of a plesiosaurDr Espen Knutsen is the Senior Curator of Palaeontology at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (Queensland Museum Network) and holds a joint appointment with the James Cook University in Townsville, QLD. He is a  vertebrate palaeontologist, that have over the past 12 years conducted 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. The process and results of this project were featured in two TV documentaries - “Predator X” (History Channel/BBC) and “Death of a Sea Monster” (National Geographic). Now stationed in Far North Queensland, Espen is focussing his research on the prehistoric vertebrate faunas of ancient Queensland. This will include the collection of new material to be housed at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville.


Senior Curator of Palaeontology