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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. Those wishing to suggest workshop topics ideas/wishes, please see details on the first circular (below).

More details can be found here:

Or on the conference website:

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

6th Silicofossil and Palynology Joint Meeting 2022

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The Micropalaeontological Society Silicofossil and Palynology Joint meeting will take place on the 30th of June to the 1st of July 2022 at Northumbria University, UK. Virtual attendance through Microsoft Teams will also be an option.

Abstracts on any aspect of palynology or silicofossil research are welcome. Presentations will be either full talks (12 minutes presenting, 3 minutes for questions), or lightening talks (4 minutes presenting, 1 minute for questions). Preference will be given to PhD and MSc students to enable them to present talks in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days of the conference for in-person attendees. A social event on the evening of the 30th June is planned for in-person attendees, with further details to follow (cost likely to be between £20-35 pp).

Abstract submission and registration are open from the 8th of April to the 27th of May and can be accessed on the following link: https://forms.gle/K8oUkJixpbzKNaVz7

Once you have filled in the registration form, please pay the registration fee using the options below

Registration fee is £40 for non-TMS members, £25 for TMS full members and £15 for students, retired TMS members and participants from lower income countries.

Please select your category

Any question can be asked to: tmspaly@gmail.com or tmsocsilico@gmail.com

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

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.