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New paper

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A new paper has just been published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology.

Spine-like structures in Paleogene muricate planktonic foraminifera

Paul N. Pearson, Eleanor John, Bridget S. Wade, Simon D’Haenens, and Caroline H. Lear

Check it out here.

TMS annual conference 2022

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The annual conference of the Micropalaeontological Society will be held at MARUM, the University of Bremen, Germany between 9th and 11th November 2022.

The theme of the conference “The microfossil record of ecosystem response to global change” and the scientific diversity of the targeted audience is illustrated by the keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Clara Bolton, CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Dr. Moriaki Yasuhara, Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong, China
  • Dr. Sofia Ribeiro, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dr. Nicolaas Glock, Institute for Geology, Hamburg University, Germany
  • Dr. David Lazarus, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

Next to two full conference days (10-11th November), there will be an opportunity to organize half-day workshops on Wednesday 9th November, followed by the Icebreaker Party.

Registration is now open

The ab­stract sub­mis­sion dead­line is 30 Septem­ber 2022. Re­gis­tra­tion for par­ti­cipants who do not wish to present any­thing at the con­fer­ence will re­main open un­til 9 Oc­to­ber 2022. To register, please visit the conference website:

https://www.marum.de/en/Research/TMS-2022.html


TMS-Cushman Foram Seminars

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We are pleased to announce that we are launching a seminar series on foraminiferal research as a joint initiative between The Micropalaeontological Society and the Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research. The first two dates are:

30 / 5 14:00 CET Julie Meilland on Reproduction strategies and habitat of planktonic foraminifera in the upper ocean

13/06 15:00 CET Simon F. Mitchell on The basis for a large benthic foraminifera zonation of the Eocene of the Americas

More details, including how to register, can be found here:

TMS Newsletter

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We are pleased to announce that the TMS Newsletter for March 2022 is now available to download here.

JM Special Issue: submissions call

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We are pleased to announce the following Special Issue of the Journal of Micropalaeontology is now open for submissions.

Advances in Antarctic chronology, paleoenvironment, and paleoclimate using microfossils: Results from recent and legacy coring campaigns

Guest editors: David Harwood, Masao Iwai, Denise K. Kulhanek, R. Mark Leckie, and Francesca Sangiorgi

There have been several International Ocean Discovery Program expeditions to the Antarctic in recent years, including 374 (Ross Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History), 379 (Amundsen Sea West Antarctic Ice Sheet History), 382 (Iceberg Alley), and 383 (Dynamics of Pacific Antarctic Circumpolar Current [DYNAPACC]), as well as numerous national campaigns on oceanographic vessels. These cruises have resulted in an abundance of new studies using microfossils as biostratigraphic and paleoceanographic indicators, identification of new taxa, and advances in geochemical techniques utilizing microfossils or the biomarker they produce. In addition, work on legacy core collections continues to produce new and important Cenozoic records. This special volume provides an opportunity to publish important new studies that will greatly improve our knowledge of Antarctic micropalaeontology and climate evolution in a single special volume.

As of 1 March 2022, authors can submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the JM website: https://editor.copernicus.org/jm/manuscript_registration. The deadline for submission is 31 December 2022. During the registration process it is important that the correct special issue is selected. 

ICP14

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Dear Paleoceanography community and friends,

We are excited to announce that registration and abstract submission for ICP14 are now open! Please visit the ICP14 homepage for registration and lots more information about the conference.

We remain hopeful that we can arrange ICP14 as the vibrant conference it always is and only need to use the virtual component to broaden participation and opportunities for interaction. However, we keep monitoring the pandemic situation closely and will send further updates in case changes need to be made.

Important deadlines:

  • Early Bird registration: Feb 28, 2022
  • Travel /virtual participation grant application, including abstract submission for those applying: Feb 28, 2022
    • (Note: those applying for travel/virtual participation grants can register until April 20, 2022 at the early bird rate)
  • Abstract submission: April 3, 2022
  • All Presenters must register by April 20, 2022
  • Changes to participation mode (virtual/on-site) until April 20, 2022

The Scientific Committee is in the final stages of completing an exciting plenary program and we have ample space in the program for extended poster sessions. A range of field trips are planned to allow you to experience the fantastic glacially formed landscape surrounding Bergen.

You can also find an updated weather prediction on the website!

If you would like to organize a pre- or post-conference meeting or workshop in Bergen and need help with logistics, let us know at sec.icp14@uib.no. (please write “ICP14 workshops” in the subject line).

For the musicians among you, please sign up in the registration form to join the stage at the Paleomusicology concert. And finally, following tradition we are looking for hosts for ICP15, so please get in touch with us at sec.icp14@uib.no if you are interested in giving a pitch for hosting ICP in 2025.

Best regards,

The ICP14 local organizing committee

Obituary for Professor John Murray

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We were very sorry to hear of the death of Professor John Murray in late October 2021. John had a long and distinguished academic career at Imperial College London, The Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, Bristol University, Exeter University and finally Southampton, carrying out research on numerous topics related to benthic foraminifera. He was outstanding as both a teacher and researcher and will be greatly missed in both the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton and in the world of foraminiferal research. He will also be sorely missed in our society. John was a member of the society from its foundation in 1970, as the British Micropalaeontological Group. He was secretary of the Foraminifera specialist group in 1972-1973,  and Chairman of the society from 1978 to 1980. He edited the Journal of Micropaleontology from 1994 to 1997. In each of the roles he was supremely efficient and made major contributions to development of the society, in recognition of this he was made an Honorary Member of the Society in 2005. The Society also recognised his outstanding scientific contributions to Micropalaeontology, awarding him the Brady Medal, the highest honour of the society, in 2007. His achievements to that date are summarised in the commendation for the award – although since he continued a high-level of scientific output that summary is in need of updating. 

Our knowledge of microfossils and their role in global ecology has been built by the work of numerous micropalaeontologists and John was one of the best, and one of the kindest.  

Written by Dr Jeremy Young, on behalf of the Micropalaeontological Society committee