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1st International Summer School on Benthic Foraminifera, July 2nd-7th 2017, Angers

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The LPG-BIAF is delighted to announce that the first FRESCO Summer school will be held on July 2nd to 7th, 2017 at Angers University (France).

The course is intended for students/researchers interested in Living benthic foraminifera in coastal environments

If you want to apply to the summer school, please complete the form and email it to fresco@univ-angers.fr before the 3rd of March, 2017. Read more

Foram-Nanno 2017, 19th-21st June, Birmingham

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SAVE THE DATE – TMS Foram & Nanno meeting 19th-21st June 2017 at the University of Birmingham, UK

We are delighted that we are able to welcome you all to the University of Birmingham from the 19th – 21st June 2017 for the Foraminiferal and Calcareous Nannofossil meeting. The proposed schedule is below
  • Sunday 18th and Monday 19th June – Workshops (Saturday if necessary)
  • Evening of Monday 19th June – Meeting Icebreaker
  • Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June – Main Meeting
  • Thursday 22nd June – Field-trip
If you would like to run a workshop prior to this meeting then please get in touch with Kirsty for foram related queries (k.m.edgar@bham.ac.uk) or Tom Dunkley Jones for nanno queries (t.dunkleyjones@bham.ac.uk) to discuss arrangements. Please note that we have >20 each of stereo light microscopes and transmitted light microscopes available for use if you would like to run a practical workshop.
More details to follow later this year.
Best wishes, Kirsty and Tom
Your 2017 TMS F&N conference organisers

FORAMS 2018, 23rd-24 June 2018, Edinburgh & St Andrews

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There is also a 1 day conference on the 22nd June, for Foram-Nanno-2108. Registration deadline, 18th May. More details here.

Reconstructing past ocean environments with foraminifera

Conveners: Lyndsey Fox, Kirsty Edgar, Martin Langer

FORAMS 2018, which will take place in Edinburgh (symposium) and St Andrews (workshops) in June 2018.

Foraminifera are extremely useful to academic and industrial micropaleontology as proxies for palaeoenvironmental, palaeoceanographic and palaeoclimatic research. Their abundance, presence in virtually all marine environments, and sensitivity to environmental alterations make them ideal recorders of past oceans and climate change. In this session we invite contributions (posters and talks) from micropalaeontologists working on fossil foraminiferal communities to highlight their use as tracers and to reconstruct environments of the past.

Full details and registration available on the Official Website

Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking Together: microbes and their role in forming sediments, 7th March 2017, London

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At The Geological Society, Burlington House

Sedimentology and geomorphology have traditionally been seen as fields in which physical, and sometimes chemical, processes dominate completely. Even in settings where biological processes have long been recognised, for example in marine carbonates, focus has been almost entirely on metazoans. This is curious, because microbial communities since the Pre-Cambrian, have suffused all sedimentary environments on Earth, and at least half global biomass is prokaryotic. Are all these microbes simply bystanders? Recent research has hinted that they are key agents in controlling an impressive range of processes and products in sedimentology, bringing the fields of microbe palaeontology and bio-sedimentology into intimate alignment. The implications are fundamental, and pose the question “are large-scale sedimentological features actually microbial trace fossils?”. Read more

Joint Meeting of TSOP-AASP- ICCP, 14 September 2016, Houston

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DATES:

Saturday, September 17 through Saturday, September 14, 2016

LOCATION:

The Magnolia Hotel, Houston TX, USA

DESCRIPTION:

Joint Meeting of The Society for Organic Petrography, AASP-The Palynological Society and The

International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrography. The purpose of this joint meeting is to bring

together a diverse group of scientists to discuss the close relationships between organic petrology and

palynology, to foster thoughtful discussion and address issues that may be of benefit to furthering the

respective sciences. Key themes to be addressed during joint activities include source rock/source-rock

reservoir resource assessment, microscope methods of characterizing microporosity, coal

characterization, and palynofacies/kerogen.

MEETING URL:

http://palynology.org/home-page- 2016-joint- meeting-tsop- aasp-iccp/

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Dr. Thomas D. Demchuk, tdemchuk@swbell.net

TSOPAASP 2008ICCP TM

5th Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting 2016, 15-16th September, Florence

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The next Joint Meeting will be held in Florence (Italy) from 15th September to 16th September 2016 and it is entitled “Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting for Advanced Research in Biostratigraphy, Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimatology“. The first day of the conference will be dedicated to silicofossils (radiolarians, diatoms, silicoflagellates, sponges etc.) and the second day to palynomorphs (dinoflagellate cysts, pollen, spores, etc.). The main purpose of the conference is to bring together micropalaeontologists, biologists, sedimentary geochemists and ecologists to analyze and discuss the role of each group in the different research fields.
The meeting will consist of sessions for oral and poster presentations and will take place at the “Villa Ruspoli”, the University of Florence’s conference facility.


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Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course, 23rd-27th January 2017, London

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The NERC-funded Quaternary Palaeoecology Advanced Training Short Course (ATSC) will be running for its third year and is scheduled for w/c 23rd January 2017 at The Natural History Museum, London.

Reconstructing past environments is a key initiative within current attempts to i) contextualise contemporary environmental change, ii) model the Earth’s climate and iii) predict future climate and associated environmental change. Palaeoenvironmental research is of critical importance due to the relative lack of reliable documented climate records predating the 20th century. This has resulted in the use of biological climate ‘proxies’, often microfossils preserved within sedimentary archives, to provide qualitative and quantitative reconstructions of the past, in terms of climate and environmental conditions. As students are expected to work with complex multi-source palaeoecological datasets, there is a need for palaeoecologists to be suitably trained in the application of a wide range of proxy indicators. This 1 week course is therefore designed to provide an overview of key taxonomic groups often utilised in palaeoecological studies, with a focus on diatoms, pollen, chironomids, beetles and vertebrates.

Each day will be dedicated to a different microfossil/macrofossil group, with morning lectures designed to review taxonomy and environmental gradients in terms of palaeoecological reconstructions. The afternoon sessions will be dedicated to the provision of bespoke laboratory microscopy and desk-based activities, with the students being introduced to relevant NHM reference collections and learn the taxonomic skills required to differentiate between species.

The course is fully funded by NERC and there are only 12 places available (the course has been oversubscribed in all previous years). The course is designed for PhD students and ECRs but is of course open to all. NERC funded students get priority but if spaces are left over, non-NERC applicants are considered. All expenses are covered to ensure little/no cost to the course delegates. For further information on the course, its contents and associated learning outcomes, please visit the link below, where you will also find the course application form: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/courses-and-students/short-course-quaternary-palaeoecology.html

Registration deadline is 26th November. For any enquiries regarding the course, please contact Tom Hill

Joint Meeting (TSOP, AASP, ICCP) 2016, 18th-23rd September, Houston

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An upcoming joint meeting of three geological societies, will be held in Houston early this Fall. The joint meeting will be the annual meetings of The Society for Organic Petrography (TSOP), AASP-The Palynological Society (AASP) and The International Commission for Coal and Organic Petrography (ICCP). I would like to point out that a significant percentage of the AASP-TPS membership resides in the UK and nearby regions of Europe.

 

For more info, visit: http://palynology.org/home-page-2016-joint-meeting-tsop-aasp-iccp/