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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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ICP14 logo

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

Latest papers

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Two new papers have been published in the Journal of Micropalaeontology:

Late Eocene–early Miocene evolution of the southern Australian subtropical front: a marine palynological approach

Frida S. Hoem, Isabel Sauermilch, Suning Hou, Henk Brinkhuis, Francesca Sangiorgi, and Peter K. Bijl

Semantic segmentation of vertebrate microfossils from computed tomography data using a deep learning approach

Yemao Hou, Mario Canul-Ku, Xindong Cui, Rogelio Hasimoto-Beltran, and Min Zhu

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