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TMS Foraminifera Festival

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We are delighted to invite you to the TMS Foraminifera Festival: a virtual foram-themed day of talks and posters on Friday 27th August, 06:00-16:30 UTC (07:00-17:30 BST) taking place on Zoom. The Festival features four sessions of talks (15 min) and posters, each convened by a group of 4-5 early career researchers.

Provisional schedule

SessionTime (UTC)SpeakerTitle
Session 106:00Intro to Foram Festival Session 1
06:05Dharma Andrea Reyes MacayaCarbon isotopes in modern Southeast Pacific Benthic Foraminifera: Paleoceanographic implications
06:20Takashi ToyofukuLittle by little Foraminifera laboratory culture goes far
06:35Lukas JonkersLarge variability in Neogloboquadrina pachyderma stable isotope ratios from isothermal conditions: implications for single foraminifera analysis
06:50Jennifer ScottMonsoon evolution in the western Arabian Sea: insights into hemispheric controls and temperature evolution over the last 120 ka BP
07:05Eleanor JohnKeynote: TBC
07:20Flavia Boscolo-GalazzoKeynote: Matches and mismatches of Mg/Ca and δ18O in planktonic foraminifera: a multispecies comparison through time and across space
07:35BREAK
08:00Poster Session
08:30Break-out A
Session 209:00Intro to Foram Festival Session 2
09:05Giulia MargaritelliKeynote: Planktonic foraminifera and climate changes: the last 2000 years
09:20Mónica Bolívar FericheCorrelation of planktonic and shallow-benthic zonations in a middle Miocene succession from SE Spain
09:35Louise CallardVirtual foraminifera: using eSlide for online microfossil identification
09:50Allison HsiangAutomated community ecology of planktonic foraminifera using deep learning
10:05Anieke Brombacher3Dforam: an R package to analyse shell growth in 3 dimensions
10:20BREAK
10:35General Poster Session
11:05BREAK
Session 311:30Intro to Foram Festival Session 3
11:35Haruka TakagiKeynote: Advances in planktonic foraminiferal photosymbiosis research: Partnership, photophysiology, and implications on evolution
11:50Rikza Nur Faqih An NaharStudy of the September 28th 2018 Tsunamigenic Landslide Deposits in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Based on Foraminifera Data
12:05Johanna SchmidtHow to distinguish contourites and turbidites using benthic foraminifera
12:20James MulqueeneyAssessing the impact of climate change on the structural integrity of benthic foraminifera during the Palaeocene Eocene Thermal Maximum – implications for future climate change
12:35Kate DarlingNot seeing the wood for the trees: A case for obligate alternation of generation in non-spinose planktonic foraminifera
12:50Daniel E. GaskellCO2 capture explains δ13C vital effects in foraminifera
Session 413:05Poster Session
13:35Break-out B
14:05Intro to Foram Festival Session 4
14:10Sulia GoetingDiversity and depth distribution of modern benthic foraminifera offshore Brunei Darussalam
14:25Anna SaupeBiogeographic patterns of benthic foraminifera in contourite drift systems of the high-latitude North Atlantic Ocean
14:40Maxime DavirayEcology of benthic foraminifera in a mudflat subjected to cable bacterial activity
14:55Tiago Menezes FreirePaleoceanographic conditions through MIS 4 in the mid-latitude Western South Atlantic based on planktonic Foraminifera
15:10Yahel EshedBenthic foraminifera associated with seagrass as a model ecosystem for monitoring environmental changes
15:25Abduljamiu Olalekan AmaoKeynote: The future of benthic foraminiferal diversity in the Arabian Gulf: a system under pressure from climate change
15:40BREAK
Awards Ceremony16:05Awards for best poster and talk

We look forward to e-meeting you in August,

The Foraminifera Festival Coordinators

Dr. Anieke Brombacher (University of Southampton, TMS Events Secretary)
Dr. Babette Hoogakker (Heriot-Watt University, TMS Foraminifera Group Chair)
Dr. Lyndsey Fox (Kingston University, TMS Foraminifera Group Secretary)
Dr. Manuel Weinkauf (Charles University in Prague, TMS Newsletter Editor)
Dr. Rehemat Bhatia (TMS Publicity Officer)

Microfossil Image Competition 2021

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Diatoms are tiny, silica-shelled phytoplankton. Not only are they an important part of marine ecosystems and useful tools for studying past climate – this Asteromphalus flabellatus proves that they are also amazingly beautiful!

The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Isabel Dove from the University of Rhode Island – Graduate School of Oceanography, with a beautiful image of the diatom species Asteromphalus flabellatus. Not only does Isabel win the competition’s first prize of €200, but her image is also included on the front cover of our TMSoc2021 Calendar (note these are now sold out)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Isabel on her success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition.

Additional winners

Odysseas Archontikis and Jeremy Young, University of Oxford and University College London

Coccolith ultrastructure of Cyclicargolithus floridanus. Each coccolith is composed of two interconnecting cycles of the same crystal units, known as the R-units. Coccosphere specimen is c. 10μm in diameter and was collected from Early Miocene dark sapropelic sediments.

Hilary H. Birks, University of Bergen, Norway

Seed of mountain chickweed, Cerastium cerastoides. This creeping arctic-alpine plant bears large white chickweed flowers, characteristic of its family, Caryophyllaceae. It grows in seepage zones from melting snowbeds usually in open gravel or stones. The bean-shaped seeds, about 1.5 mm long, have an amazing pattern of humpy interlocking cells.
Seed of sea campion, Silene maritima. The grey-leaved plants form loose mats and bear large white flowers typical of its family, Caryophyllaceae. It inhabits sea-cliffs, seaside walls, shingle banks, and drift-lines on seashores. Its bean-shaped seeds, about 2 mm long, have an amazing pattern of interlocking jig-saw cells

Damián Cárdenas, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Catching a glimpse of organic-walled microfossils

Dimitris Evangelinos, Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra – CSIC – Universidad de Granada

Diatom buried in calcareous nannofossils

Sahina Gazi, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, India

Calcareous Nannofossils from the Indian Sector of Southern Ocean

Hannah Hartung, University of Cologne

Look, which surprise: a baby-like Radiolaria in the belly of its mother

Susan Richardson, Florida Atlantic University

Slice through shell of an ancient foraminiferan Rauserella erratica. Image shows the discoidal shape of the early shell which results from regular coiling in a single plane. In later stages, the shell becomes uncoiled as the axis of coiling shift. Shells collected from reef-associated habitats in Permian-aged rocks of North America.

Mariem Saavedra-Pellitero, University of Birmingham

During COVID-19 lockdown, I experienced a great personal tragedy. I drew these two coccospheres of Emiliania huxleyi (type A and type O) to cheer myself up. I hope this watercolor will bring a smile to others.

Nicolai Schleinkofer, Goethe University, Frankfurt

Parasitic foraminifera (Hyrokkin sarcophaga) on host organism (Acesta excavata, bivalve). The bored hole is visible as well as the defense reaction of the bivalve (callus formation to close the boring)

Yan Yu Ting, Earth Observatory of Singapore

A showcase of nature’s meticulous design skills – a handful of tropical benthic foraminifera imaged at various angles using microscope.

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2020

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2020 Calendar

Following another successful year, our 2020 calendars are now sold out.

Prices are the same as last year (£10 (UK), £12 (EU) and £14 (international)). Payment is via Paypal, and prices include postage

The society will print a fixed number of these calendars in the first instance, with additional print runs possible depending on demand. All proceeds will contribute towards supporting TMSoc activities.

Details of the winners can be found on the TMSoc twitter page!


Pricing Table

  • Post to UK
  • £10
  • Post to EU
  • £12
  • Post to outside EU
  • £14

Foram-Nanno 2019, 1st-4th July 2019, Switzerland

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The Conference and Workshops will occur over 3 days scheduled in July 2019 and will be held in Fribourg located at the feet of the Pre-Alps, in the heart of Switzerland. The old town, founded in 1157, with its narrow streets, its old wooden bridges, museums, restaurants and very picturesque views is one of the most attractive mediaeval city in Europe. Not too big, not too small, Fribourg represents a typical example of the Swiss life style (http://www.fr.ch/ville-fribourg/).

The Department of Geosciences (Chemin du Musée, 6) will host the Workshops. The TMS Conference will be in the Perolles 2, Building PER22, Auditoire Joseph Deiss.

The University Campus Pérolles is at walking distance from all Hotels (about 10-15 minutes). From the station, following the Boulevard de Pérolles until a yellow tower-like building, this is Campus Pérolles.

A map will be provided in the second circular.

An Excursion taking place after the meeting will explore both the geology and the suggestive Swiss Pre-Alps landscape, with a unique chocolate experience.

For full conference information including scientific programme and important advice, please download this flyer:


Conference registration steps:

Registration deadline: 30th April 2019

1 – Register for conference using online form

2 – Pay registration fees

Please transfer the corresponding amount corresponding to your requirement (e.g. Registration, plus Conference Dinner, plus Field Trip for TMS Member = 170 CHF) to the bank account here below.

Banque Cantonale de Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg

Beneficiary: Université de Fribourg, Administration, 1700 Fribourg

Account : 01.10.040176-00

Clearing : 768

IBAN : CH56 0076 8011 0040 1760 0

SWIFT : BEFRCH22

Payment reference : TE-758 Micropaléontologie

Please check that your transfer correspond to the exact sum and does include also the bank fees.

Payment is also possible on-site as Late Registration.

3 – Submit abstract (if applicable)

Download and construct your abstract, and email back to
silvia.spezzaferri@unifr.ch to complete your submission

Microfossil Image Competition 2018

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Entries are now closed, thank you to everyone who submitted fantastic fossil images!

2018 will be the fourth year The Micropalaeontological Society runs their Microfossil Image Competition. The outstanding success of the last three years is reflected by the creation of our annual Micropalaeontology Calendar! Each year, the calendars have required two print runs and have sold out! A summary of the winning images can be found here (20142015 2016, 2017), whilst a Flickr archive of all submitted images can be found here. Read more

Foram-Nanno 2018, 22nd June 2018, Edinburgh & St Andrews

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The deadline for registration and abstract submission has been extended to 23.59pm, 18th May

The next Foraminifera and Nannofossil spring meeting will be hosted at the University of Edinburgh to coincide with the FORAMS2018 conference.

The theme for the 1 day meeting will be: Reconstructing past ocean environments with foraminifera and nannofossils

Foraminifera and nannofossils 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 nannofossils and fossil foraminiferal communities to highlight their use as tracers and to reconstruct environments of the past.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, and attendees of the TMsoc meeting will also be able to take part in the FORAMS2018 sessions and discussions held on the 22nd and vice versa.

FORAMS2018 attendees are also able to submit an additional abstract free of charge to the TMS session.

We particularly encourage abstracts from Nannofossil workers and Early Career researchers.

More details about travel and accommodation in Edinburgh can be found via the FORAMS2018 website.

Microfossil Image Competition & Calendar 2018

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The Micropalaeontological Society is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Micropalaeontology Image Competition!

The overall image winner was submitted by Adam David Woodhouse from the University of Leeds, with his beautiful image of the planktonic foraminifera Acarinina praetopilensis from the Eocene equatorial Pacific. The image clearly displays the heavy recrystallistion of the foram test and the adherence of calcareous nannofossils with large muricae projecting through coccolith debris. The main image diameter c. 150 µm, and the image to be used within the calendar (August) will include an image of the complete foram (c. 400 µm diameter) for context. Not only does Adam win the competition’s first prize of €200, but also has his image included on the front cover of out TMSoc2018 Calendar (see above)!

On behalf of the Society we would like to congratulate Adam on his success. Eleven additional winners were selected from the fantastic submissions, and are on display below! A wide variety of microfossils and imaging techniques have been championed this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s competition. Read more