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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

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