Academic Appointments


  • Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Geological Sciences

Administrative Appointments


  • Professor (Research), Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences, Stanford University (1993 - Present)
  • Section Supervisor, Biomarker Group, Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (1991 - 1993)
  • Group Leader, Biomarker Group, Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (1986 - 1991)
  • Senior Research Associate, Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (1985 - 1986)
  • Senior Research Chemist, Chevron Old Field Research Co. (1980 - 1985)
  • Research Chemist, Chevron Oil Field Research Company, Richmond, California (1974 - 1980)
  • Post Doctoral Associate, The University of Michigan (1972 - 1974)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (1972 - 1972)

Honors & Awards


  • Co-author ot top award winning student paper, AAPG National Meeting (1997)
  • Recognition Award, Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (1991)
  • Recognition Award, Chevron Oil Field Research Co. (1990)
  • Best Paper Published in Organic Chemistry, Organic Geochemistry Division, Geological Society of America (1990)
  • Best Paper Published in Organic Chemistry, Organic Geochemistry Division, Geological Society of America (1979)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health (1972)
  • Undergrad Research Award, National Science Foundation (1968)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Invited speaker, Workshop on Biodegradation and Heavy Oils, Genesis, Processes and Exploratory Implications, Bogotá, Colombia, October 22-24, 2007 (2007 - 2007)
  • Invited speaker, Joint Workshop on Rapid Environmental/Climate Change in the Cretaceous Greenhouse World: Ocean-Land Interaction; Deep Terrestrial Scientific Drilling Project of the Cretaceous Songliao Basin, Daqing, China, August 28-30, 2007 (2007 - 2007)
  • Invited lecture, 23rd International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Torquay, UK, September 9-14, 2007 (2007 - 2007)
  • Invited lecture, Daqing Petroleum Company, Daqing, China, September 11th (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited short course, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, November 13-16 (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited lecture, Latin American Congress on Organic Geochemistry, Salvador, Brazil, November 8th (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited keynote speaker, Workshop on Cretaceous Oceanic Red Beds, Beijing, September 4th (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited short course, Chinese Union of Geoscience, Beijing, September 2nd (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited seminar, Environmental applications of molecular geochemistry, sponsored by Norwest Laboratories, Edmonton and Calgary, February 20 and 27. (2006 - 2006)
  • Invited Key Note Lecture, Goldschmidt Conference, Moscow Idaho, May 20-25 (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited Technical School, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Petrobras, October 3-7. (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited lecture, 22nd International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Seville, Spain, September 12 - 16, 2005 (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited speaker, 229th ACS National Meeting, March 13-17, San Diego (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited Technical School, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, February 1-2 (2005 - 2005)
  • Invited technical course and workshop, Japan Oil, Gas and Minerals Exploration Corporation, February 28-March 4, 2005. (2005 - 2005)
  • Scientific committee delegate, AAAPG-2004 International Meeting, Beijing, China, October 2004 (2004 - 2004)
  • Invited Technical School, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Petrobras, September 8-10 (2004 - 2004)
  • Invited speaker, AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Cancun, Mexico, October 24-27, 2004 (2004 - 2004)
  • Invited Key Note Speaker, 6th International Conference on Petroleum Geochemistry and Exploration in the Afro-Asian Region, Beijing, China, 12-14 October, 2004 (2004 - 2004)
  • Invited speaker, 9th Latin American Congress on Organic Geochemistry, Merida, Mexico, December 5-9, 2004 (2004 - 2004)
  • Invited lectures, 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 23-27, New Orleans (2003 - 2003)
  • Invited lecture, Technical Exchange Meeting, April 28-30, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (2003 - 2003)
  • Invited speaker, 21st International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, September 8-12, Krakow, Poland (2003 - 2003)
  • Invited course, High Resolution Geochemical Technologies And Their Application to Petroleum Exploration, November 4-6, Federal Univeristy of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2003 - 2003)
  • Invited participant (with invited student lecture and posters), Gordon Research Conference on Organic Geochemistry, Plymouth, NH, July 28-Aug 2, 2002. (2002 - 2002)
  • Invited technical course and workshop, Japan National Oil Corporation, February 18-22, 2002. (2002 - 2002)
  • Invited speaker, 8th Latin American Congress on Organic Geochemistry, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, October 20-24th, 2002 (2002 - 2002)
  • Invited visiting scholar, Universit Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, Sept 17-28. (2001 - 2001)
  • Invited speaker, 20th International Meeting on Organic Geochemistry, Sept 10-14, Nancy, France. (2001 - 2001)
  • Invited Technical School, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Petrobrs, July 9-13. (2001 - 2001)
  • Invited speaker, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, April 1-5, Symp. on Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial Organic Matter. (2001 - 2001)
  • Invited Technical School, ICP/Ecopetrol, Bucaramanga, Colombia, Dec. 11 (2000 - 2000)
  • Invited Technical School, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, Beijing China, November 3 (2000 - 2000)
  • Invited speaker, 7th Latin American Congress on Organic Geochemistry, Foz do Iguau, Brazil, October 22-25 (2000 - 2000)
  • Convenor and invited keynote speaker, 31st International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, August 6-17 (2000 - 2000)
  • Invited speaker, Workshop on Life Detection, NAS Space Studies Board and Board on Biology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, April 25-26 (2000 - 2000)
  • Symposium organizer, American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, March 26-31 (2000 - 2000)
  • Invited participant, Biosignatures Workshop, sponsored by NASA, University of California, San Diego, March 1-3 (2000 - 2000)
  • Invited Technical School, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro & Petrobrs, Mar. 29-Apr. 1 (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited Seminars, Recognizing Life and Its Evolution Through Molecular Fossils: University of California at Davis, Geology Department, Feb. 24; Ohio State University, Departments of Chemistry and Geological Sciences, Mar. 9-10; Stanford University (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited speaker, National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Mar. 21-25, Symp. on Application of Geochemical Techniques to the Detection of Extraterrestrial Life (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited participant and speaker, Harvard Conference on the Search for Life on Europa, Mar. 12-13 (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited speaker, Stanford Krauskopf Symposium, Stanford University, Dec. 11-12 (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited participant and speaker, National Research Council, Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration, Nov. 1-5 (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited workshop, ICP/Ecopetrol, Bucaramanga, Colombia, Dec. 6-7 (1999 - 1999)
  • Invited Short Course, International Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rio de Janeiro, November 8-11 (1998 - 1998)
  • Invited speaker, International Meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Rio de Janeiro, November 8-11 (1998 - 1998)
  • Invited Keynote Paper, Hedberg Research Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, November 16-19 (1997 - 1997)
  • Invited Speaker, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, October 20-23 (1997 - 1997)
  • Invited Special Course, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, November 9-13 (1997 - 1997)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Organic Geochemistry (1995 - 2007)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., The University of Michigan, Chemistry (1972)
  • B.S., Wayne State University, Chemistry (1968)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Research
The history of life on Earth can be studied in the fossil record and in the chemical fossil record. In our research we study molecular fossils, biomarkers that can provide evolutionary and paleoenvironmental information from the organic component of sediments and petroleum. Current research foci include correlating fossil and molecular fossil records, understanding paleoenvironments and global change, determining the degree of thermal evolution of organic matter, and understanding petroleum biodegradation mechanisms. Our interests also lie in applications of organic geochemistry to understanding sedimentary basins, petroleum systems and reservoir architecture, and to environmental problems related to petroleum.

Teaching
I teach courses related to the subject matter of my research. The technology and its application in aspects of etroleum exploration and production, environmental analysis, and archeological aspects are introduced in the lecture course, Petroleum Geochemistry in Environmental and Earth Science. For those students interested in applying molecular geochemistry in their thesis research I teach a follow-up course called Laboratory Methods in Organic Geochemistry.

Professional Activities
In the past five years I have been invited to lecture at thirteen international congresses, including several keynote nd plenary lectures. In addition, I have delivered twelve short courses, workshops, and seminars outside of Stanford. My career publications in refereed journals have surpassed the century mark, and include five books, three of which are currently used widely as both text and reference books, and are considered (arguably) the most comprehensive treatise on biomarker geochemistry.

2014-15 Courses


Journal Articles


  • The Western Desert versus Nile Delta: A comparative molecular biomarker study MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY El Diasty, W. S., Moldowan, J. M. 2013; 46: 319-334
  • Diamondoids as Indicators of Thermal Evolution and Natural Cracking of Oils From the Western Desert and the Nile DeltaEgypt PETROLEUM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY El Diasty, W. S., Moldowan, J. M. 2013; 31 (7): 702-711
  • Application of biological markers in the recognition of the geochemical characteristics of some crude oils from Abu Gharadig Basin, north Western Desert-Egypt MARINE AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY El Diasty, W. S., Moldowan, J. M. 2012; 35 (1): 28-40
  • Oil families and their inferred source rocks in the Barents Sea and northern Timan-Pechora Basin, Russia AAPG BULLETIN He, M., Moldowan, J. M., Nemchenko-Rovenskaya, A., Peters, K. E. 2012; 96 (6): 1121-1146
  • The sulfur-isotopic compositions of benzothiophenes and dibenzothiophenes as a proxy for thermochemical sulfate reduction GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Amrani, A., Deev, A., Sessions, A. L., Tang, Y., Adkins, J. F., Hill, R. J., Moldowan, J. M., Wei, Z. 2012; 84: 152-164
  • Thiadiamondoids as proxies for the extent of thermochemical sulfate reduction ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Wei, Z., Walters, C. C., Moldowan, J. M., Mankiewicz, P. J., Pottorf, R. J., Xiao, Y., Maze, W., Nguyen, P. T., Madincea, M. E., Phan, N. T., Peters, K. E. 2012; 44: 53-70
  • New triaromatic steroids distinguish Paleozoic from Mesozoic oil ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Barbanti, S. M., Moldowan, J. M., Watt, D. S., Kolaczkowska, E. 2011; 42 (4): 409-424
  • Synthesis of Higher Diamondoids and Implications for Their Formation in Petroleum ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION Dahl, J. E., Moldowan, J. M., Wei, Z., Lipton, P. A., Denisevich, P., Gat, R., Liu, S., Schreiner, P. R., Carlson, R. M. 2010; 49 (51): 9881-9885

    View details for DOI 10.1002/anie.201004276

    View details for Web of Science ID 000285392200017

    View details for PubMedID 21110358

  • Occurrence and biomarker potential of 23-methyl steroids in diatoms and sediments ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Rampen, S. W., Schouten, S., Hopmans, E. C., Abbas, B., Noordeloos, A. A., Geenevasen, J. A., Moldowan, J. M., Denisevich, P., Damste, J. S. 2009; 40 (2): 219-228
  • Molecular biosignatures SPACE SCIENCE REVIEWS Summons, R. E., Albrecht, P., McDonald, G., Moldowan, J. M. 2008; 135 (1-4): 133-159
  • Origins of thiadiamondoids and diamondoidthiols in petroleum ENERGY & FUELS Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Fago, F., Dahl, J. E., Cai, C., Peters, K. E. 2007; 21 (6): 3431-3436

    View details for DOI 10.1021/ef'7003333

    View details for Web of Science ID 000251164900056

  • Organic geochemistry of oil and source rock strata of the Ordos Basin, north-central China AAPG BULLETIN Hanson, A. D., Ritts, B. D., Moldowan, J. M. 2007; 91 (9): 1273-1293
  • Diamondoid hydrocarbons as a molecular proxy for thermal maturity and oil cracking: Geochemical models from hydrous pyrolysis ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Zhang, S., Hill, R., Jarvie, D. M., Wang, H., Song, F., Fago, F. 2007; 38 (2): 227-249
  • The abundance and distribution of diamondoids in biodegraded oils from the San Joaquin Valley: Implications for biodegradation of diamondoids in petroleum reservoirs ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Peters, K. E., Wang, Y., Xiang, W. 2007; 38 (11): 1910-1926
  • The fate of diamondoids in coals and sedimentary rocks GEOLOGY Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Jarvie, D. M., Hill, R. 2006; 34 (12): 1013-1016
  • Biogeochemical evidence for the presence of the angiosperm molecular fossil oleanane in Paleozoic and Mesozoic non-angiospermous fossils PALEOBIOLOGY Taylor, D. W., Li, H. Q., Dahl, J., Fago, F. J., Zinniker, D., Moldowan, J. M. 2006; 32 (2): 179-190
  • Diamondoids and molecular biomarkers generated from modern sediments in the absence and presence of minerals during hydrous pyrolysis ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Paytan, A. 2006; 37 (8): 891-911
  • The catalytic effects of minerals on the formation of diamondoids from kerogen macromolecules ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Wei, Z., Moldowan, J. M., Dahl, J., Goldstein, T. P., Jarvie, D. M. 2006; 37 (11): 1421-1436
  • Geochemical characteristics of oil and source rocks and implications for petroleum systems, Talara basin, northwest Peru AAPG BULLETIN Fildani, A., Hanson, A. D., Chen, Z. Z., Moldowan, J. M., Graham, S. A., Arriola, P. R. 2005; 89 (11): 1519-1545
  • Pronounced occurrence of long-chain alkenones and dinosterol in a 25,000-year lipid molecular fossil record from Lake Titicaca, South America GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Theissen, K. M., Zinniker, D. A., Moldowan, J. M., Dunbar, R. B., Rowe, H. D. 2005; 69 (3): 623-636
  • The rise of the rhizosolenid diatoms SCIENCE Damste, J. S., Muyzer, G., Abbas, B., Rampen, S. W., Masse, G., Allard, W. G., Belt, S. T., Robert, J. M., Rowland, S. J., Moldowan, J. M., Barbanti, S. M., Fago, F. J., Denisevich, P., Dahl, J., Trindade, L. A., Schouten, S. 2004; 304 (5670): 584-587

    Abstract

    The 18S ribosomal DNA molecular phylogeny and lipid composition of over 120 marine diatoms showed that the capability to biosynthesize highly branched isoprenoid (HBI) alkenes is restricted to two specific phylogenetic clusters, which independently evolved in centric and pennate diatoms. The molecular record of C25 HBI chemical fossils in a large suite of well-dated marine sediments and petroleum revealed that the older cluster, composed of rhizosolenid diatoms, evolved 91.5 +/- 1.5 million years ago (Upper Turonian), enabling an accurate dating of the pace of diatom evolution that is unprecedented. The rapid rise of the rhizosolenid diatoms probably resulted from a major reorganization of the nutrient budget in the mid-Cretaceous oceans, triggered by plate tectonics.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000220975100048

    View details for PubMedID 15105500

  • Controls of oil family distribution and composition in nonmarine petroleum systems: A case study from the Turpan-Hami basin, northwestern China AAPG BULLETIN Greene, T. J., Zinniker, D., Moldowan, J. M., Keming, C., Aiguo, S. 2004; 88 (4): 447-481
  • Geochemical characteristics and correlation of oil and nonmarine source rocks from Mongolia AAPG BULLETIN Johnson, C. L., Greene, T. J., Zinniker, D. A., Moldowan, J. M., Hendrix, M. S., Carroll, A. R. 2003; 87 (5): 817-846
  • Isolation and structural proof of the large diamond molecule, cyclohexamantane (C26H30) ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION Dahl, J. E., Moldowan, J. M., Peakman, T. M., Clardy, J. C., Lobkovsky, E., Olmstead, M. M., May, P. W., Davis, T. J., Steeds, J. W., Peters, K. E., Pepper, A., Ekuan, A., Carlson, R. M. 2003; 42 (18): 2040-2044

    View details for DOI 10.1002/anie.200250794

    View details for Web of Science ID 000183047100010

    View details for PubMedID 12746817

  • Umir Formation: Organic geochemical and stratigraphic assessment as cosource for Middle Magdalena basin oil, Colombia AAPG BULLETIN Rangel, A., Moldowan, J. M., Nino, C., Parra, P., Giraldo, B. N. 2002; 86 (12): 2069-2087
  • The abnormal distribution of the molecular fossils in the pre-Cambrian and Cambrian: its biological significance SCIENCE IN CHINA SERIES D-EARTH SCIENCES Zhang, S. C., Moldowan, J. M., Li, M. W., Bian, L. Z., Zhang, B. M., Wang, F. Y., He, Z. H., Wang, D. R. 2002; 45 (3): 193-200
  • Upper Oligocene lacustrine source rocks and petroleum systems of the northern Qaidam basin, northwest China AAPG BULLETIN Hanson, A. D., Ritts, B. D., Zinniker, D., Moldowan, J. M., Biffi, U. 2001; 85 (4): 601-619
  • Stereoselective biodegradation of tricyclic terpanes in heavy oils from the Bolivar Coastal Fields, Venezuela ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY ALBERDI, M., Moldowan, J. M., Peters, K. E., Dahl, J. E. 2001; 32 (1): 181-191
  • Chemical signals for early evolution of major taxa: Biosignatures and taxon-specific biomarkers INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGY REVIEW Moldowan, J. M., Jacobson, S. R. 2000; 42 (9): 805-812
  • Molecular organic geochemistry of the Tarim basin, northwest China AAPG BULLETIN Hanson, A. D., Zhang, S. C., Moldowan, J. M., Liang, D. G., Zhang, B. M. 2000; 84 (8): 1109-1128
  • Trails of life CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN Moldowan, M. 2000; 36 (8): 34-37
  • Affinities of Early Cambrian acritarchs studied by using microscopy, fluorescence flow cytometry and biomarkers REVIEW OF PALAEOBOTANY AND PALYNOLOGY Talyzina, N. M., Moldowan, J. M., Johannisson, A., Fago, F. J. 2000; 108 (1-2): 37-53
  • Paleozoic oil-source rock correlations in the Tarim basin, NW China ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Zhang, S. C., Hanson, A. D., Moldowan, J. M., Graham, S. A., Liang, D. G., Chang, E., Fago, F. 2000; 31 (4): 273-286
  • Lower-middle Jurassic nonmarine source rocks and petroleum systems of the northern Qaidam basin, northwest China AAPG BULLETIN Ritts, B. D., Hanson, A. D., Zinniker, D., Moldowan, J. M. 1999; 83 (12): 1980-2005
  • Diamondoid hydrocarbons as indicators of natural oil cracking NATURE Dahl, J. E., Moldowan, J. M., Peters, K. E., Claypool, G. E., Rooney, M. A., Michael, G. E., Mello, M. R., Kohnen, M. L. 1999; 399 (6731): 54-57
  • Distribution and characterization of C-31 sterane from cretaceous sediments and oils, Songliao Basin, China CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN Hou, D. J., Wang, T. G., Kong, Q. Y., Feng, Z. H., Moldowan, J. M. 1999; 44 (6): 560-563
  • Application of new diterpane biomarkers to source, biodegradation and mixing effects on Central Llanos Basin oils, Colombia ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Dzou, L. I., Holba, A. G., Ramon, J. C., Moldowan, J. M., Zinniker, D. 1999; 30 (7): 515-534
  • 24-norcholestanes as age-sensitive molecular fossils GEOLOGY Holba, A. G., Tegelaar, E. W., Huizinga, B. J., Moldowan, J. M., Singletary, M. S., McCaffrey, M. A., Dzou, L. I. 1998; 26 (9): 783-786
  • Biogeochemical evidence for dinoflagellate ancestors in the Early Cambrian SCIENCE Moldowan, J. M., Talyzina, N. M. 1998; 281 (5380): 1168-1170
  • Application of 24-norcholestanes for constraining source age of petroleum ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY Holba, A. G., Dzou, L. I., Masterson, W. E., Hughes, W. B., Huizinga, B. J., Singletary, M. S., Moldowan, J. M., Mello, M. R., Tegelaar, E. 1998; 29 (5-7): 1269-1283
  • The early Mesozoic radiation of dinoflagellates PALEOBIOLOGY Fensome, R. A., MacRae, R. A., Moldowan, J. M., Taylor, F. J., Williams, G. L. 1996; 22 (3): 329-338
  • Chemostratigraphic reconstruction of biofacies: Molecular evidence linking cyst-forming dinoflagellates with pre-Triassic ancestors GEOLOGY Moldowan, J. M., Dahl, J., Jacobson, S. R., Huizinga, B. J., Fago, F. J., Shetty, R., Watt, D. S., Peters, K. E. 1996; 24 (2): 159-162
  • EXTENDED 3-BETA-ALKYL STERANES AND 3-ALKYL TRIAROMATIC STEROIDS IN CRUDE OILS AND ROCK EXTRACTS GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Dahl, J., Moldowan, J. M., Summons, R. E., McCaffrey, M. A., Lipton, P., Watt, D. S., Hope, J. M. 1995; 59 (18): 3717-3729
  • STABILIZING THE BOAT CONFORMATION OF CYCLOHEXANE RINGS JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Dasgupta, S., Tang, Y. C., Moldowan, J. M., Carlson, R. M., Goddard, W. A. 1995; 117 (24): 6532-6534
  • SYNTHESIS OF BIOMARKERS IN FOSSIL-FUELS - C-23 AND C-24 DIASTEREOMERS OF (20R)-4,17-BETA,23,24-TETRAMETHYL-18,19-DINORCHOLESTA-1,3,5,7,9,11,13-HEPTAENE JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Shetty, R., Stoilov, I., Watt, D. S., Carlson, R. M., Fago, F. J., Moldowan, J. M. 1994; 59 (26): 8203-8208
  • SOURCE-ROCK QUALITY DETERMINATION FROM OIL BIOMARKERS .1. A NEW GEOCHEMICAL TECHNIQUE AAPG BULLETIN Dahl, J. E., Moldowan, J. M., TEERMAN, S. C., McCaffrey, M. A., SUNDARARAMAN, P., STELTING, C. E. 1994; 78 (10): 1507-1526
  • THE MOLECULAR FOSSIL RECORD OF OLEANANE AND ITS RELATION TO ANGIOSPERMS SCIENCE Moldowan, J. M., Dahl, J., Huizinga, B. J., Fago, F. J., Hickey, L. J., Peakman, T. M., Taylor, D. W. 1994; 265 (5173): 768-771

    Abstract

    Oleanane has been reported in Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary source rocks and their related oils and has been suggested as a marker for flowering plants. Correspondence of oleanane concentrations relative to the ubiquitous microbial marker 17alpha-hopane with angiosperm diversification (Neocomian to Miocene) suggests that oleanane concentrations in migrated petroleum can be used to identify the maximum age of unknown or unavailable source rock. Rare occurrences of pre-Cretaceous oleanane suggest either that a separate lineage leads to the angiosperms well before the Early Cretaceous or that other plant groups have the rarely expressed ability to synthesize oleanane precursors.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1994PA37200029

    View details for PubMedID 17736275

  • DIVERSE APPLICATIONS OF PETROLEUM BIOMARKER MATURITY PARAMETERS ARABIAN JOURNAL FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING Moldowan, J. M., Peters, K. E., Carlson, R. M., Schoell, M., ABUALI, M. A. 1994; 19 (2B): 273-298
  • 24XI-METHYLCHOLESTANE-3BETA,5ALPHA,6BETA,12BETA,25-PENTOL 25-MONOACETATE, A NOVEL POLYOXYGENATED MARINE STEROL STEROIDS Moldowan, J. M., Tan, W. L., Djerassi, C. 1975; 26 (1): 107-128

    Abstract

    24xi--Methylcholestane-3beta, 5alpha, 6beta, 12beta, 25-pentol 25-monoacetate has been isolated from an Alyconarian and its structure was established in part through extensive high resolution mass spectral and nmr studies and partly through the nonidentity of one of its degradation products with 24xi-methylcholestane-3beta, 5alpha, 6beta, 12alpha-tetrol synthesized from deoxycholic acid.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1975AQ11900008

    View details for PubMedID 241138

  • 24-XI-METHYLCHOLESTANE-3-BETA, 5-ALPHA, 6-BETA, 25-TETROL 25-MONOACETATE - NOVEL POLYHYDROXYLATED STEROID FROM AN ALCYONARIAN STEROIDS Moldowan, J. M., TURSCH, B. M., Djerassi, C. 1974; 24 (3): 387-398

    View details for Web of Science ID A1974U266600011

    View details for PubMedID 4153538

Books and Book Chapters


  • History of life from the hydrocarbon fossil record Handbook of Hydrocarbon microbiology: microbial interactions with hydrocarbons, oils, fats and related hydrophobic substrates and products Walters, C. C., Peters, K. E., Moldowan, J. M. edited by Timmis, K. N. 2009
  • The Biomarker Guide, 2nd Edition. I. Biomarkers and Isotopes in the Environment and Human History Peters, K. K., Walters, C. C., Moldowan, J. M. Cambridge University Press, 471 pages. 2005
  • The Biomarker Guide, 2nd Edition. II. Biomarkers and Isotopes in Petroleum Exploration and Earth History Peters, K. K., Walters, C. C., Moldowan, J. M. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 679 pp.. 2005
  • etroleum geochemistry applied to petroleum system investigation Petroleum Systems of South Atlantic Margins: AAPG Memoir 73 Mello, M. R., Moldowan, J. M., Dahl, J., Requejo, A. G. edited by Mello, M. R., Katz, B. J. 2001: 41-52
  • Molecular fossils demonstrate Precambrian origin of dinoflagellates Ecology of the Cambrian Radiation Moldowan, J. M., Jacobson, S. R., Dahl, J., Al-Hajji, A., Huizinga, B. J., Fago, F. J. edited by Zhuravlev, A., Riding, R. Columbia University Press. 2001
  • Biomarkers McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology Moldowan, J. M. 2000: 36-39

Conference Proceedings


  • Biomarkers and biosignatures of fossil organic compounds Signs of Life, A Report Based on the April 2000 Workshop on Life Detection Techniques. The National Research Council of the National Academies, Space Studies Board Moldowan, J. M. 2002
  • Selective biodegradation of extended hopanes to 25-norhopanes in petroleum reservoirs. Insights from molecular mechanics Peters, K. E., Moldowan, J. M., McCaffrey, M. A., Fago, F. J. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 1996: 765-783